Car Hire Ireland
Affordable car hire is available for all travelers that plan to visit Ireland! Excellent car rental services are offered by the reputable local and international car rental companies that operate in the country!
Located in north-western Europe, Ireland is a beautiful country that is an independent state since 1921. Being a relatively poor country during a great deal of the 20th century, Ireland was accepted as a member state in the European Community in 1973. During the mid-1990s and the late 2000s, Ireland experienced an economic boom and turned into one of the richest countries in Europe.
Ireland has reputation of being one of the greenest countries on earth and can offer many interesting places for the travelers to explore. The visitors are welcome to use the prestige car hire services offered by the local and the well-known international car rental companies that operate in the country.
The biggest cities in Ireland
In the past Ireland was divided into four provinces, yet now the country has six administrative regions. The main cities that provoke the interest of the travelers are ten and they could be easily reached and also explored thanks to the available car rental services. The cities that are within the focus of the holiday-makers are:
• Dublin – that is the capital and also the country’s largest city. It features fine architecture, lively pubs, and good shopping options. Dublin is in fact a very popular tourist destination and is also the fourth most visited European capital. Tempting car rental options at Dublin Airport.
• Cork – that is the second largest city in Ireland set on the banks of River Lee. It is known for the annual festivals, the good pubs, food and shops. Travelers welcome to use the advantage rental car offers available.
• Kilkenny – an attractive medieval city, often called the Marble City. Here in early June is organized the annual Cat Laughs Comedy Festival.
• Killarney – this is among the favorite tourist destinations in Ireland. Here start most of the Ring of Kerry trips.
• Waterford – that is the oldest city in Ireland, placed close to the ferry port at Rosslare. The town hosts many festivals, organized annually.
• Galway – that city is placed on Corrib river, on the west coast of Ireland. It is known for its over fifty festivals of music, Irish language, food, and culture.
• Letterkenny – that is the main town in County Donegal, being the fastest growing town in Europe.
• Sligo – wonderful town, home to beaches and mountains, and a very popular place for shopping.
Driving in Ireland
The driving and road rules valid in Ireland are very similar to those in the United Kingdom. This means that the driving is on the left and divers should yield to the right on the roundabouts. The difference here is that all speed limits and distances are marked in kilometers. There is no tolerance for drunk driving and the blood alcohol limit should be low. The road signs in Ireland are bilingual with the Irish name above and the English name below. The travelers can choose from a variety of car rental deals that are offered by the car rental companies operating on the territory of the country.
Ireland has an extensive motorway network with center around Dublin city and several main motorways, some of which with tolled sections. The tolls are considered low and depend on the motorway used. In addition to the motorways, there are many routes of high quality close to the motorway standards. As a rule, the lesser roads are not well signed and their surfaces can be poor. The local and regional routes are usually narrow and require courtesy and strong nerves.
Car rental tips for Ireland (insider tips)
In Ireland operate many local and international companies that offer rental vehicles. The travelers can pick up airport rentals as they arrive or can take their automobile hire from the offices of the companies in the cities.
The travelers coming to Ireland prefer getting an auto hire with an automatic transmission, as the roads in the country are narrow and require the entire attention of the driver. However, the rental vehicles with manual transmission allow greater selection and save gas.
The speed limits are 30 – 50 km/h in the built-up areas, 80 km/h on the regional roads, 100 km/h on the national roads, and 120 km/h on the motorways. The car rental companies in Ireland require 25 years of minimum age and full car rental insurance.
Travelers have plenty of sights to see in Ireland and most of them are situated in the main cities of the country. All those places can be easily reached with the offered economy car rental and so can be reached the other destinations enumerated below:
• Brú Na Bóinne — some of the finest Neolithic monuments in the world
• Kilkenny – a favourite tourist spot. The Norman Castle is home to Arts Festival and Rhythm and Roots Festival
• Aran Islands – placed in Galway Bay
• The Cliffs of Moher – placed in the County Clare, being among the biggest and most visited tourist attractions in Ireland. Reaching the place with a holiday car hire is advisable.
• Glendalough – a site with hiking trails and fine ruins
• County Donegal – lovely coastal region with spectacular scenery and excellent beaches, rugged hills and cliffs
• Dingle Peninsula – situated in the Gaeltacht region in the southwestern corner of the country
• Kinsale – that is Ireland’s oldest town – center of gastronomic delights
• West Cork – beautiful area with mountains, islands, coves, and beaches at the very south of the country
• Blarney Castle – historical site of great eloquence
Did you know?
• The three symbols of Ireland that we all know are the harp, the green Shamrock, and the Celtic cross.
• Ireland is an island with no snakes, weasels, moles, polecats or roe deer, as the island is isolation from the European mainland.
• The Irish consume in average 131.1 liters of beer ach year, which ranks them second highest consumption after the Czech Republic.
• The oldest pub in Ireland is Sean’s Bar in Athlone, which was founded some 900 years ago.
• More than 80 million people of Irish descent live outside Ireland, which is 14 times more than the population of Ireland. They live in countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, Mexico, South Africa and states of the Caribbean and continental Europe.