I prefer to walk, take buses etc. But, if I need to have a car to see the sughts, so be it
A vehicle gives you freedom to come & go.. Not be tied to a bus schedule..Read the Terms & Conditions & sign nothing till you fully understand what is being offered.
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It's a very personal and subjective topic. To each his/her own way. We have been 6 times and planning #7. We would not visit Ireland any other way than self-drive. We don't like public transport of any variety or fashion when it can be avoided, no group anything ever when that can be avoided, and we always set our own pace and decide for ourselves what to visit. Plus, public transport and/or group tours will never get to some of the more remote places we have been. You could hire a car and driver on-call 24/7 for the entire trip if you have an extra several thousand just wasting away. :-)
lots of bus and rail opportunity. I would suggest because of the roads being very narrow, renting a car would not be wise. hope on a Royal Irish Tour and sit back and relax and learn about what you are seeing. Its wonderful!
Strange post, if the roads are too narrow for a car(which they arent), ,why would you get on a coach.?
We loved the very few times we "got lost" while driving through Ireland. We were able to see and experience things that were not on anyone's agenda. Met some great people that way too. Minutes later, back on the very nice roads...and I am from a large US city. The major highways in Ireland are not much different than our interstate roads and then there are some narrower roads especially as you get closer to the best scenery. My experience is that if you are on a narrow road then you are probably near the stuff you really wanted to see. BTW- drive the little grey lines on a US map through some of our more remote States and you have probably been on worse roads than you will encounter in Ireland. See, very subjective.
Ride the big coaches around the Slea Head with a left hand seat and then tell me about comfy rides on the bus. :-)Edited: 1:36 pm, August 12, 2017
There is absolutely nothing wrong or bad about driving in Ireland or their roads. It's the best way to travel there, and the only way to do exactly what you want when you want, unlike public transportation or tour groups. The car 's pedal arrangements are the same, manual transmission shift patterns are the same, modern manual transmissions are easy, and you can get automatic transmissions. Go for it and enjoy a wonderful country.
thanks for all the good info!