Last week, we traveled to Shannon, Ireland from Wroclaw via RyanAir for $30 US roundtrip. (Not kidding. Thirty dollars…how is that even possible?) We rented a car at the Shannon Airport and embarked on a road trip through the Irish countryside to the Dingle Peninsula, Killarney, the Gap of Dunloe, Limerick and back out of Shannon. Before I get into these cities in more detail, I first want you to experience the beauty we saw just getting to them.
Here is a look at the Irish countryside in November.
First things first. If you plan on renting a car in Ireland there are two things you should know:
1. Drive on the left.
2. The rental car companies in Ireland either make you get insurance (I think this was about 100 Euro for 4 days) or put a 3,000 EURO hold on your credit card when you rent the car. I assume this is because there are a lot of accidents that happen due to rule #1. This was a surprise to us, so now it shouldn’t be for you.
But, renting a car is really the way you should explore Ireland. I can’t tell you exactly where these photos are taken but they were part of our journey and I hope you just enjoy looking at them.
The first morning, we drove from Shannon – Limerick – Dingle Town. However, we took the scenic route to Dingle Town through Ballybunion along the water which I would highly recommend. Just driving along roads like this (that’s water to the right of the road):
We took our time and stopped along the way, something we always talk about doing but never actually do. But, this trip was made for relaxation and we had no timelines to adhere to, which is, in my opinion, how everyone should travel to Ireland, so stop we did.
For some reason, I just can’t get over that people live here. In one of the places we just stumbled upon.
If you’re planning to visit in November know that it will rain. every. single. day. If my pictures look sunny, don’t be fooled. It’s still raining. BUT, the good news is that it’s such a beautiful and hospitable country that you won’t even mind the rain. Bring an umbrella and you’re all set. Oh, and remember to drive on the left.