Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report Sentimental Journey
  2. 2 A few last minute questions
  3. 3 Rudesheim Bacharach or other suggestions.
  4. 4 Trip Report Relaxing on the Rhone - a river cruise virgin's trip report.
  5. 5 The Impact of AirBnB in Paris
  6. 6 Train Travel Northern Italy
  7. 7 French Strike Chaos to Get Worse?
  8. 8 3 weeks, 3 European Countries, 6 cities
  9. 9 10 days in Spain (Madrid and ???)
  10. 10 I'm sorting out my stuff for the next trip.
  11. 11 Paris, Versailles and Jet Lag
  12. 12 Venice - Tour suggestions
  13. 13 Trip Report Stay away from EF Tours
  14. 14 French Vacation in Mid-America
  15. 15 12 days in the Italian Lakes
  16. 16 The most interesting city/town in the UK-in your opinion
  17. 17 Input on this 8 Day London Itinerary
  18. 18 Is Mljet a reasonable substitute for Korcula?
  19. 19 Fodor's Boston GTG
  20. 20 Croatia: Zagreb to Dubrovnik HELP
  21. 21 Antwerp Tram
  22. 22 Trip Report Trip report European honeymoon
  23. 23 Tour of La Scala, Milan
  24. 24 RER C to Versailles on Wed. - still a good option due to Paris strikes?
  25. 25 Day trip from Split to Hvar - to Stari Grad or Hvar City?
View next 25 » Back to the top

Is driving in Ireland really such a nightmare?

Jump to last reply

Ireland is on the short list of where we'd like to go end of September, early October. We'll likely do open jaw, either Shannon/Dublin or vice versa.

I'm trying to get a real picture of what the driving is really like. A few posts have described it as a "nightmare", so my idea of a calm drive through the countryside, with many interesting stops to see the sights, is seriously at odds with another picture of crowded tour buses clogging the roads and towns, stop and go traffic, and my blood pressure headed up to HERE! It's meant to be a somewhat low-key trip - we get more than enough heavy traffic during our rush hours (all day now), so I don't need or want a stressed out driver - no fun for him or me!

I'm just at the beginning stages of planning, so right now, I'm only familiar with the ring of kerry, cliffs of moher, dingle, galway, and of course a couple of nights in Dublin. I realize there's still lots to flesh out.

My husband can drive shift, and he's driven in Scotland and the UK before, albiet many years ago, and I know we'll want to get the smallest car we can. I've read lots of good things about Dan Dooley for rentals. The whole car insurance issue is another huge headache (for another day).....

I'm wondering what a realistic expectation is. Also Shannon/Dublin or the other way around, taking into account which way might be busiest for the buses? best for the sights?

I don't wish to worry unnecessarily, but I'm not looking for an unpleasant surprise either.

Thanks for any words of wisdom that come my way.

35 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement