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Ireland Advice?
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Hello! I just finished my first Europe trip and I loved it! We went to six different destinations and I enjoyed each and everyone of them. But my favorite place by far was Ireland. We stayed a quick two nights in Dingle, Ireland and on the way home (we got home this Saturday haha) I promised myself I would dedicate a full trip to Ireland and explore it’s coasts and etc. My question for those who have been and toured Ireland, what was the most beautiful/fun experience or places you would suggest? Is car rental the way to go (thats what I’m thinking of doing. Renting a car and just driving myself destination to destination)? Any other advice? You’re comments are greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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There is a lot of Ireland that I haven’t seen (would love to get up north) but we did enjoy having a car. We got lost a couple times but that was part of the fun.
We had taken the ferry from Wales to Rosslare, and got our car there.
Loved the Cliffs of Moher as well as Glendalough.

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I think renting a car will be a good choice, and that’s probably what I’d do if the budget allowed. A cheaper option, that will be nearly as good, would be to get an Irish Rover bus pass.

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I would absolutely recommend renting a car if you are there for more than a few days and want to see something outside of Dublin. The coastal route from Co. Cork going through Co.‘s Kerry, Clare, Galway and Mayo is the most scenic that I’ve been through. Make sure you spend some time in the smaller towns and villages. They are generally less touristy, and the people are just a bit friendlier(which may be hard to believe).

If you do rent a car, look into getting a Mastercard Worldcard. Get the proper info before you sign away for anything, but as of my last trip(in April) that card pays for your insurance in Ireland. The $85 annual fee pays for itself the first time you rent a car.

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I have a question. I am planning a trip with my cousin and we both want to go to Ireland. As well as seeing the tourist sites I want to experience the local culture. I believe we are going to Dublin and Cork. Does anyone have any suggestions on finding local pubs and scenery that tourist usually miss out on?

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I believe we are going to Dublin and Cork. Does anyone have any suggestions on finding local pubs and scenery that tourist usually miss out on?

If you want go to local pubs, don’t go drinking next door to any heavily touristed areas. Walk a few blocks away. Also avoid most of the places that you see advertised in guide books and brochures offering an “authentic” Irish pub experience. Most of them are filled with tourists and are about as authentic the cookie-cutter Irish pubs you find here in the U.S..

If you are going to be in Cork City and want to get out for a few days, here are a few suggestions:

Youghal-a personal favorite of mine. A great coastal town with a good bit of history, plenty of good restaurants, and some great pubs. It’s about 30-40 minutes from Cork City on the N25 heading to Waterford. http://www.youghal.i…

Ardmore- a quiet seaside village, worth checking out for a few hours even if it’s only to see the tower. About 10 minutes from Youghal. http://www.waterford…

Dungarvan- another fun harbor town. You could have a nice pub crawl here as well. http://www.dungarvan…

On the way back, stop off in Midleton to toss a few back the the Jameson Heritage Center. http://www.cork-guid…