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Car Rental Ireland: Must Know Info

The emerald isle is a fantastic place to visit no matter what time of year you deem the best time to go to Ireland. The people are friendly and warm, the beer is delicious, and the landscapes beautiful. One of the best ways to see more of the countryside is with a car rental in Ireland, but there are some things you will want to know before starting up your car. Here are some important things to remember.

Driving in Ireland

Car Rental IrelandIreland is a right hand drive country. This is without a doubt the most jarring experience for most people if they are not prepared for it. You will find yourself sitting on the right hand side of the car when you drive. You also drive your car in the left lane. The gear shift will be on your left, however the pedal configuration of clutch, brake, accelerator will remain the same, so at least your feet won’t require any training. You will probably end up turning on the wipers when looking for the turn signal, but hopefully you make the transition smoothly. Also, try not to constantly get in on the passenger side!

There will be roundabouts. Many of them. Don’t be nervous, just take your time driving through them. One thing to try to remember is to leave yourself plenty of time to drive wherever it is you are going. You may run into a couple of hundred sheep or cows crossing a street. That could take a while. You don’t want to be rushed when you are driving. Responsible driving above all else will keep you safe.

Ireland Scenic Drives

Want to see more of Ireland in your rental car? Here are some of the top scenic drives in Ireland that will take you to incredible attractions, and offer plenty of splendid views and photo ops. You won’t want to miss out on them on your next vacation in Ireland.

Top 5 Scenic Ireland Drives:

  1. Ring of Kerry Co. Kerry
  2. The Mayo Experience, Co. Mayo
  3. Ring of Beara, Co. Cork
  4. Tour of Yeats’ Country, Co. Sligo
  5. Golden Vale Drive, Co. Limerick
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One Response to Car Rental Ireland: Must Know Info

  1. Catey says:

    Hans! Another great list….I have been blessed with the opportunity to live in Ireland for a year, once when I was in undergrad and once when working on my Master’s degree. The Ring of Kerry is amazing as well as all the other places your mentioned. One place that I also found absolutely breathtaking was The Giant’s Causeway (Irish: Clochán an Aifir or Clochán na bhFómharach) which is located in Co. Antrim in Northern is well worth the trip and as it is close to the town on Bushmills so you can visit the Old Distillery to learn about the history of Bushmills whiskey or just hop into the local pub for a tasting!

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