Travelling around Ireland is a magical experience and, with globally-recognised routes such as the Wild Atlantic Way, it’s no surprise that the Emerald Isle has become such a popular destination for self-drive holidays. Each new road you discover will reveal it’s own unique character. In Ireland, the roads are safe, the drivers are courteous and the destinations are well worth the trip.

Whether you are looking to relax in the tranquil surroundings of The Beara Peninsula, take in world famous sites such as The Cliffs of Moher or enjoy the ‘craic’ with the locals on a night out in Dublin, Ireland has something that will suit everyone.

Why Self-Drive?
Self-drive tours allow visitors to take in the Irish travel experience at their own pace. Ireland is synonymous with freedom and spontaneity, suffused with the spirit of poets and writers who roamed the land in search of inspiration. A self-drive tour will give you the chance to follow in this tradition.

With planning a camper van Ireland trip, you can write up your own schedule, draw out your own map and still have the freedom to rip them up if something else takes your fancy. A music session taking place in a cosy thatched pub can be added instantly to your schedule or an extra night added to a particularly comfortable hotel. The privacy afforded by self-drive tours can also add peace of mind, especially to those travelling with children.

A Luxury Experience?
Perhaps too often, self-drive tours are seen as a no-frills alternative to a more luxurious escorted tour. But, particularly in the current travel climate, it really doesn’t have to be this way. First off, for a really comfortable ride, a good car hire company will be able to organise something extra special for your time on the road: from motorbikes to classic sports cars, from executive MPVs to luxury vehicles, talk to your car-hire representative to get the ultimate level of comfort for your trip.

What’s more, you don’t have to go it alone. If you fancy a few days off driving, or fancy stopping for the occasional pint of Guinness en route, you can hire an expert chauffeur/guide to show you around and answer any questions you may have about the history of a given area or the best place to spend a night.

The flexibility of a self-drive tour also allows you to budget the tour to your own specifications. In certain cases, self-drive can be cheaper than an organised bus tour, and any savings made on transport can then be put towards more luxury accommodation. To get the most out of the Irish experience there is nothing like staying overnight at the luxury castles and manor houses that are dotted around the countryside. With world famous, gourmet food and some of the most welcoming staff members anywhere on the planet adding luxury accommodation to your tour of Ireland can really elevate your experience to the next level.

This article was written by staff at My Ireland Tour, a family-run operator based in County Cork. If you’re tempted by the sound of Ireland’s historic castles and country manors, ask My Ireland Tour about their own Luxury Tours of Ireland.