Ireland Self Drive Holiday

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1. Posted by travel_deb (Budding Member 4 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

We are planning to travel to Ireland next year around mid to late May and wanted some advice on a self-drive itinerary for around 4 to 6 weeks. We want to do all of Ireland and we're not really sure if this is an appropriate amount of time to allow to have a really good look around without rushing. Our interests are history and scenery. Any suggestions on timeframe and/or itinerary would be most appreciated, as we will be coming from Australia so don't know this part of the world that well.

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1741 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Sounds like plenty of time to me. The best scenery is along the west coast, and of course there is plenty of history in Dublin, but between the two is plenty of space which, without wanting to be rude, isn't packed with features for visitors.

I'm sure for the scenery you are already aware of the Ring of Kerry, Galway Bay and the Donegal coast. Just north of Dublin there's Newgrange and a number of other neolithic sites, highly recommended.

In Northern Ireland most people make a beeline to see the Giant's Causeway; I'm sure you'll go to see it but I'd manage your expectations; if you want to see much much more spectacular basalt blockwork you should visit the island of Staffa in Scotland. In fact, as you say you don't know this part of the world too well, if you haven't already been to Scotland I'd suggest splitting your time between the two, as for my money Scotland has far more scenery and history to enjoy. Ireland is like the tamer sibling with many more quiet farms.

3. Posted by travel_deb (Budding Member 4 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the advice Andy, much appreciated. We have already been to Scotland (and loved it), but spent considerable time there so probably won't go back at this stage.

4. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 224 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Ireland is much bigger than people think! Here is so much to do and see and even sticking to one region alone you can spend nearly a week alone. We do have A LOT to see...

Glad to hear that you a planning to spend 4-6 weeks in Ireland. This way you can really take your time and drive around in your own time without rushing or skipping anything. Once you are out of Dublin and other bigger cities the traffic eases drastically which makes the driving so much more easier and relaxing.

Happy to answer any questions you have...

5. Posted by travel_deb (Budding Member 4 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Thanks Todd. Any suggested rough itineraries would be appreciated if you have the time, and then we could work out how long we stopped along the way.

6. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 224 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Where to start

Suggest to read the entire travel book on Ireland (both Republic and Northern I) and start mapping the places that you might be interest to see...