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Self-drive tour of Ireland Oct-Nov 15

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My son and I would like to take a 6 day self-drive tour of Ireland, as he is in the Navy our travel times are limited. We were thinking of end Oct or end Nov 2015, landing in Dublin and driving to Shannon/Clare. Is this a good time to go?
Also we plan on using the company "Tour Ireland self drive tour" has anyone used them or do you have another company your recommend. We are not concerned about driving on narrow roads as we lived in Germany for 5 years and have driven on narrow roads.
The intent is a fun mother-son holiday and visit Ireland at the same time.
Any advice would be welcome.

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    Be careful what you buy with a fly drive package.

    The drive part needs to detail what is included such as the size of car and more importantly what insurance is included (if any) so you dont get stung at the desk when you go for your keys.

    There are some cheap deals off season, but some of these are backup earners that just sell unsold coach tour rooms. You will be self driving and not riding a bus with 2 professional know the route like the back of their hands drivers. Have a look on a map or routeplanner and be aware your average MPH will be 35 or 40 on a good day.

    Time of year Once you pass September places start to wind down or close completely so check opening dates/hours for anywhere you aim to see. The days get Shorter and the clocks fall back by 1 hour the last Sunday of October. Folk will warn you about shorter days but I always work on visitors being on the road from 9 am after a good breakfast and checking into or returning to a base by around 4.30pm so you will have daylight those hours

    Don't try and cram too much into just 6 days, If your aim is the west consider Open Jaw Dublin Shannon or just Shannon if that's an option and your not too bothered about time in Dublin?

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    If this "Tour Ireland Self-Drive Tour" includes vouchers for B&Bs, you'll want to look closely at that as well. These vouchers generally are good only for a limited number of B&Bs and you might find that you are far outside the town you want to visit. This could be a particular problem at the time of year you are visiting as some B&Bs may have already closed for the season.

    Having done a couple of self-drive tours myself (all arranged by me), I'd recommend comparing how this "Tour Ireland Self-Drive Tour" compares to organizing it all yourself. We liked being able to choose exactly where we wanted to stay and exactly what kind of car we wanted to drive. (FYI--Self-drive packages often offer manual cars with a higher price for automatics. Check the fine print.)

    And, as Tony recommends, look into doing an open jaw flight, flying into Shannon and out of Dublin (or vice versa). We did this on our last trip to Ireland and it worked nicely allowing us to spend several days in western Ireland and a couple of days in Dublin. Also, unlike the U.S., you won't pay a drop-off fee for the car rental by renting in Shannon and returning in Dublin (or vice versa).

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