Tips on Touring Ireland by Phil Teare from My Ireland Tour.

To Drive or not to Drive
They say there are two types of people in the world: those who think there are two types of people in the world, and those who don’t. Well, there are certainly two types of people who tour Ireland – those who self-drive and those who book escorted tours of Ireland with a driver-guide.

If you decide to self-drive, your first port of call will be a good car hire company – you can find an Irish car rental company through the homepage of My Discover Ireland. Driving, you will have the freedom to discover Ireland at your own pace and in whatever order works best for you and your group. An Irish tour operator may still be able to suggest a good itinerary while getting you cheaper accommodation and admission to Ireland’s attractions than you can get by booking independently.

A driver-guide, performing two roles, brings two advantages. First, they take care of the driving, so you don’t have to think about directions or route plans, car insurance or return journeys. You can just sit back, reach for the icebox and enjoy the extra leg room. Second, you have their expert local knowledge, whether it’s for the key dates and facts at Ireland’s historical attractions, or simply for the best Guinness in town.

How to Discover Ireland – an Insider’s Guide
Like any great travel destination, Ireland has more than its fair share of must-see attractions. A thorough tour will take 7-10 days, but a fortnight or longer will pass very quickly indeed and there will be no shortage of things to see.

Most tours of Ireland start and finish in Dublin because of the size and accessibility of its airport. While you’re in the capital, three places to put on the top your to-see list will be St.  Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity  College and the world-famous Guinness  Storehouse.

Travelling westwards towards Galway and Connemara, be sure to schedule stops for Kylemore Abbey, on the picturesque shoreline of Lough Pollacappul, The Burren and the world renowned Cliffs of Moher.

Heading South, discover the historic face of Ireland by visiting the traditional thatched beautiful thatched village of Adare. This will link up nicely with the tourist town of Killarney. Stop for a day and take in the sights, or just settle down with a Guinness and enjoy the bustle as the world goes by.

Continuing South, you can take the opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, before tasting some real Irish Whiskey at the Old Midleton Distilery.

In Cork, the Old English  Market is well worth a visit. Don’t forget your currency if you’re thinking of buying souvenirs!

Heading for Kinsale, be sure to stop at Charles  Fort for an added note of history. Depending on how long you are staying in Ireland, you might want to continue eastwards to Waterford and its famous House of Waterford Crystal.

Otherwise, the journey back to Dublin will take you convenient past The  Rock of Cashel and Irish National Stud.

Organising a tour? Alternatively you could go with a company that organises tours instead of a self drive option; Discover Ireland Tours are an Irish destination management company (DMC) and has the local knowledge to provide the best experience possible.