Self-drive itinerary: 11 days around Ireland (download)

Céad míle fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes)! Ireland is a spectacular place to visit, from its soaring cliffs and lush green heartland, to busy cities and quaint rural towns, from the tiniest shamrock to the most imposing castle. It really will leave you with wonderful memories that last a lifetime. You are spoilt for choice for things to do and see on the Emerald Isle, which is the ideal country for self-drive vacations. This itinerary is an easy trip that takes in the highlights of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in just 11 days.

We can book all your accommodation, car hire, sight seeing, and more, saving you time and stress. We also offer bespoke tours based on your interests. Get in touch at – we’re looking forward to booking your best vacation ever!

PS: If you’re not feeling confident enough to drive, the public transport in Ireland is excellent, with high-speed trains going from Dublin to many major cities in just a few hours, and an effective bus service in many smaller places. If you plan to visit small, out-of-the-way areas, however, you will need a car. Alternatively, private chauffeur driven tours are a luxurious option, or consider a small-group coach tour instead. We will find the perfect option for you!

South Africans driving in Ireland

You must be 18 years and older in order to drive in Ireland. The good news is that, as a South African visiting Ireland for less than one year, you may use your valid full South African drivers license. You will also need a valid credit card when you hire a car (we can book your car hire for you but, on collection, you will always be asked for a credit card). You also need to carry all the paperwork provided for you by the car hire company, as well as your valid passport, and insurance. Irish roads are generally excellent, although country roads can be narrow and should be navigated carefully. If you are nervous, we recommend starting in smaller, quieter areas, rather than big bustling cities. Be sure to familiarise yourself with all the local road rules before setting out on your adventure to ensure that you stick to the letter of the law. Be aware that the Irish authorities are very strict about drinking and driving (50 mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood) and transgressions can lead to steep fines or jail time. If you’re longing for Irish whiskeys, beers, and ales, we suggest a guided or chauffeur-driven tour instead.

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