Driving in Ireland

Some Practical Tips When Driving in Ireland

Ireland is a very popular destination for many tourists, especially those taking the car from UK. And it's easy to see why Ireland is so popular! Known for its rolling lush landscapes, beautiful and picturesque towns and cities, and rich history, itís a great place to go on holiday to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Although a lot of people fly over there and make their way around by public transport, one of the best ways to explore the country is by car. If youíre a fan of driving, it can be a great way to totally immerse yourself in this stunning place. Plus, they drive on the left!

Getting to Ireland with your car

Taking the ferry across the sea is one of the easiest and cheapest options getting to Ireland. But when you factor in taking the car, luggage and as many passengers as legally allowed, it works out to become very cheap indeed! And so much more beneficial! Rather than having to carry luggage on trains, spend money on taxis or bus tickets, pack up your bags, hop in the car, and drive to one of Europeís most beautiful countries. Ferry crossings are as short as ninety-nine minutes, so youíll be there in no time at all. If you are travelling to Dublin, ferries are available from Holyhead, the Isle of Man, and Liverpool. If you want to go to Belfast, travel from the Isle of Man, Liverpool Birkenhead, or Stranraer. Cork can be reached by ferry from Swansea, Ballycastle can be reached from Campbeltown, and Rosslare from Fishguard and Pembroke. Larne can be reached by ferry from Cairnryan and Troon.

Driving Laws in Ireland

In case you are unfamiliar, here are a few driving laws to adhere to during your stay in Ireland.

  • Seatbelts must be worn by all passengers at all times in both the front and back of the car. If you have hired a motorbike, both drivers and passengers must wear helmets at all times.
  • You must drive your car on the left-hand side of the road.
  • Speed limits in Northern Ireland are different that in the Republic of Ireland. In Northern Ireland, the limits are seventy miles per hour on motorways, sixty on single carriageways, and thirty in most other places. In the Republic of Ireland, the limits are sixty miles per hour on national roads, fifty, on non-national roads, and thirty in most other areas.
  • Laws on drinking and driving in Ireland are very severe. Any driver breaking these laws will be penalised greatly.

Do note that signposts in the Republic of Ireland are shown in kilometres and kilometres per hour as opposed to miles per hour, so make sure you know your conversions. They are also mostly bilingual in Gaelic and English. The only place where this is not the case is in and around Gaeltacht, where signs are in Gaelic only. This is not the case in Northern Ireland, where signs are still in mph and English.

Driving in Ireland

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