A luxury drive around Ireland is an unforgettable experience. In Ireland, the roads are typically safe, the drivers are courteous, and the destinations are well worth the trip. Whether you are looking to see the stunning landscape of The Burren, take in world-famous sites, such as The Cliffs of Moher, or have some fun with the locals on a night out in Dublin, Ireland has something that will suit everyone.
When driving across the island, there are numerous routes that visitors can choose from, including the famous Wild Atlantic Way. Each county or town you pass through will reveal its own unique character. To ensure you make the best of a few days on the road, here are some tips when planning a luxury driving holiday in Ireland.
1. Choose the right rental car for you
Whether you are the passenger or driver of the car, it is important that you always feel comfortable. Plan ahead and choose a rental car that is not only luxurious but one you will feel at ease driving too!
2. Stay on the left side of the road
Remember in Ireland they drive on the left side of the road. Pass traffic islands to the left, only use a roundabout clockwise and take a left turn when accessing a motorway (major highway).
3. Choose your preferred routes
Ireland’s natural landscape and charming roads make it a favourite destination for a road trip. The island is the perfect size to explore. If you are well organised, you can fit so much into your itinerary. Wind through the Wicklow Mountains, cruise along the Causeway Coast, explore Ring of Kerry or take on the Wild Atlantic Way. There are many routes you can choose from depending on the length of your vacation.
4. Become familiar with the road signage
It is worth looking up the different road signages before your visit to Ireland. It can be difficult when driving to see and understand a sign you may have not seen before. This simple tip for planning your luxury drive in Ireland could make a huge difference to your driving experience.
5. Use a Sat Nav or Google Maps
There is no excuse today for not knowing where to go or what turn to take. A sat nav is a fantastic device to help you along your journey. When booking your rental car, it is a good idea to check if it includes a built-in sat nav, or if you have your own, just remember to bring it with you!
If a sat nav is not available to you, it is likely that you have a smart phone. Download the Google Maps App and you will be right on your way!
6. Don't run out of gas
Gas stations can be few and far between in rural areas and usually close at midnight. Don’t wait for your tank to be empty. You should always fill your tank when possible.
7. Avoid illegal parking
More and more towns in Ireland now have parking control. This means that illegally parked cars will be quickly immobilized by clamps or even towed away and only released after a hefty fee is paid. You should note that all fees (or even damage) will not be covered by insurance.
8. Have a driving limit per day
Expect to cover only 40 miles in an hour. When you are planning your day's driving schedule, it is important to be realistic about your goals. Remember it’s about the journey, not the destination – so take your time and enjoy it all!
9 Make sure to rest
You may be the best driver in the world but when you are tired, accidents can happen. Something so simple like knowing to drive on the left side of the road may seem obvious but after driving long distances, it can easily be forgotten. Taking a few breaks on your road trip is essential!
10. Book your accommodation
You won’t be driving the entire time. It is a good idea when planning your journey to pre-book your luxurious accommodation in advance. Exploring a country by car is an exciting trip but it can also be tiring. You do not want to arrive at your destination with your desired accommodation unavailable - an organization is key!
Are you planning a luxury driving holiday in Ireland? Contact one of our travel experts to get you started on your Journey!