driving in ireland

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Jun 16th, 2000, 05:59 AM
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palsho
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driving in ireland

we'll be in ireland for a week in august. plan to drive from dublin to galway and then from galway to the cliffs of mohr, down to the ring of kerry and then to cork. our concerns: distance, heights, narrow roads, and getting used to driving on the opposite side. any suggestions/help is appreciated.
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Jun 16th, 2000, 07:06 AM
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We drove in northern Ireland and found:
1) you must have a navigator riding shotgun, with a very VERY good map (signs can be iffy; if you've got a map, you can find the right turns)
2) no backseat driving, unless the driver or navigator asks for help ("keep your eyes peeled for a gas station")
3) understand and accept rotaries (roundabouts); use the clock as your direction finder (navigator to pilot: "take the exit at 3:00"); if you miss it, just go around again.
4) driving on the opposite can be disorienting, especially on quiet roads; a car comes around the corner, on YOUR SIDE OF THE ROAD or so it seems. Gets the adrenaline pumping, I'll tell you. My sister (who's been driving for many years) said it was good for her; it made her really pay attention and be alert, like when she first started driving.
5) farm equipment. Narrow country road, tractor ahead of you. Don't get frustrated, just accept the fact you'll be going slow for a while. Plan extra time into your itinerary for this.

You will be on Irish time; things move slowly (compared to our hectic pace) but everything gets done and people seem to be a lot happier. Very VERY seductive!
 
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Jun 16th, 2000, 11:00 AM
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Palsho,
Elvira's comments are very good advice, however the roads in Northern Ireland are better than the vast majority of roads in the Republic. The road from Dublin to Galway is pretty good - but if you are travelling at rush hour or on a Friday or Bank Holiday Monday then expect delays (traffic jams are more common in Ireland now than ever before). Enfield on the Dublin Galway route is a disaster spot when it come to delays - general rule of thumb if possible is to avoid it between 4-7pm.

Elsewhere the route you have planned will include twisty narrow roads with lots of tourist traffic - other people trying to adjust to driving on the wrong side of the road and tour buses. The King of Kerry will be particularly clogged - go early in the morning or take one of the tour buses yourself to enjoy the views and not have to worry about driving and trying to look out at the same time.

Finally allow twice the amount of time you would at home to travel similar distances,

Post if you need any more assistance, and do a search on this forum as other people have posted their experiences,Have a good time,

Cathy
 
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Jun 17th, 2000, 02:55 PM
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Dear Palsho:
We didn't drive when we were in Ireland but some locals suggested that those of us used to the other side of the road in driving could get some kind of sign to display on a rental car that beginning drivers use. I believe they said the signs could be purchased from local car parts stores. Such a sign would make other drivers more tolerant & less impatient with your driving style.
 
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Jun 18th, 2000, 07:38 AM
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roads are narrow, dirvers think nothing of passing of curves or three abreast on a wider two lane road.

On the Ring of Kerry, drive in a counter clockwise manner so you will be going the same direction as the tour buses. Also drive the ring of Skelig at the far end of the Kerry drive.

I couldn't understand where the cliffs you were supposed to be driving along were. I can't imagine having any problem with that. The only exception being on the Ring of Skelig where some of the roads are only 1 1/2 lane wide.
 
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