Once you leave Dublin city, the most fun, efficient, and flexible way to see Ireland is by car. Enjoy the ride…
At first, driving on the “wrong” side of the road is quite the nerve-wracking experience, but you eventually get used to it and really start to enjoy it.
Watch your speed… and if you get tired, pull over and take a rest until you can really concentrate on what you are doing. One moment of inattention could be fatal.
The width of almost every country road is totally defined by the extents of the impenetrable hedge rows and stone walls that have stood for centuries.
While a few modern highways connect the big cities, most main roads are quite narrow and slow going and have no shoulder in case of emergency.
as are long stretches of single track roads in the country.
Most of the main roads go straight through town… and invitation to slow down, take and break, and enjoy the local color.
But you really have to keep your wits about you while driving here.
The infamous Connor Pass on the Dingle Peninsula.
And in some areas, know as Gaeltachts, the signs are Gaelic only! If you don’t know that “An Daingean” refers to the town of Dingle, you just might miss the turnoff.
The Tarbert-Killimer Ferry.
Single lane bridges are quite common.
Some of the road signs are bilingual (Gaelic and English).