Sally is a key member of the MoneyMaxim editorial team. She is a frequent hire-car user and often goes on holiday with her family. With an interest in getting great value for money, Sally shares her hints and tips for travelling and insurance.
The roads through Ireland may generally be narrower and more winding but they certainly offer some of the most beautiful scenery. With car hire, Ireland is open for you to discover and we can think of three big reasons why you may wish to visit this glorious country.
Ireland is world famous for its lush green scenery interspersed with quaint towns. The Giant's Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher are two of the most visited sites in the country. But one of our recommendations especially if you have a hire car in Ireland is the Wild Atlantic Way. At 2750km this is one of the longest signed coastal routes in the world.
Along the Wild Atlantic Way you will travel through 9 Irish counties taking in some of the most outstanding views. The northern part of the route offers some spectacular coastline - discover Europe's highest sea cliffs at Sliabh Liag and Malin Head is one of the best places to see the Northen Lights.
Inland you can enjoy the tranquility of Lough Tay in County Wicklow, seen above, and Connemara National Park in County Galway. Both these areas are fantastic places for walks, enjoying nature and soaking up the amazing views.
Ireland is a land of castles. One of the most well-known is Blarney Castle but there are many others worthy of a visit. On a quiet beach in County Kerry the ruins of Minard Castle make a pretty site and you can stroll around it for free. The ruins of Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland are far more dramatic and were used in the filming of Game of Thrones,
At the 2019 World Travel Awards EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum was named Europe's leading tourist attraction. This wonderful museum located in Dublin walks you through the history of the Irish people and their culture. Another award winner was the Jameson's distillery in Bow St Dublin.
Ireland can also boast some of the finest historic houses in the world. Westport House in County Mayo is a great day out for all the family with several new attractions opening in 2019. Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow were voted 3rd in the World's Top Ten Gardens by National Geographic. With more than 47 acres to appreciate, garden lovers will be in their element!
In 2018 an astonishing three Irish cities were named in the top ten friendliest cities in the world by Conde Nast. Cork, Galway and Dublin beat off many more widely considered tourist destinations.
Dublin is a popular city break destination and with a hire car from Dublin airport you can explore the areas around Ireland's capital city as well as all the places of interest in the centre such as the Guiness Storehouse, Ireland's most popular attraction.
Both Cork and Galway offer charm, character and a plentiful supply of seriously good pubs and, if you are taking a road trip through Ireland to reach them, there will be plenty of Bed and Breakfast opportunities along your way where you can be sure of a warm welcome.
Car hire is perfect for an Irish road trip but do remember that, if you plan to drive between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, you will need permission from your car hire company to cross the border which may also incur a cross-border fee.
If you are purchasing car hire excess insurance for car hire in Northern Ireland and you are a UK citizen then you will need to ensure that you have selected a policy that will cover you for hires in your country of residence.
Whether you are looking to pick up a hire car at an airport, a city centre or for a one-way hire MoneyMaxim are here to help. Call our customer service team on 0118 321 8197 and we can help you with you car hire in Ireland.