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August 8, 2010

Handy tips for car hire in Dublin

Get cheap Dublin car hire if you’re planning to tour Ireland as there’s no better place to start than Dublin city. You can pick up your cheap Dublin car hire at Dublin airport or in Dublin city.

Why not stay a few nights in one of Europe’s favourite small cities and visit some top attractions like Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Dublin Zoo, the Guinness Storehouse, Temple Bar and the National Museum of Ireland to name a few. There are plenty of Dublin hotels with parking facilities available and lots of car parks in the city, so park up the car, as Dublin is a compact city and easily explored by foot.

Where you go with your Dublin car hire is up to you. As Dublin is the capital, all major road networks lead here so it?s very well connected with the rest of the country. Dublin city also has a C-shaped ring road, which runs from north to south called the M50, and major roads, which leave the city all have junctions with the M50.

If you’re heading down to the sunny south east and the beautiful County Wicklow to see the monastic ruins of Glendalough and the Vale of Avoca, then you’ll be heading south bound on the N11. This is the route you’ll also take for the seaside towns of Bray, Greystones and Arklow.

If you take the N7 south west of the city, which is the Naas dual-carriageway, you’ll have the option of going south or west. If you stay on the N7 you’ll be driving across Ireland through the beautiful countryside of Laois and Tipperary. Stay on the N7 and you’ll eventually reach Limerick city ? a beautiful medieval city at the mouth of the River Shannon. Here you can take the N21 to County Kerry and visit the picturesque towns of Killarney, Kenmare and Dingle or drive the breathtaking Ring of Kerry. The N20 from Limerick city will take you to County Cork where you can explore towns like Clonakilty, Kinsale and Skibbereen and visit attractions like Blarney Castle where you can kiss the famous Blarney Stone!

Take the N18 heading north of Limerick city and you’re in the right direction for County Clare, Shannon Airport and Galway city.

If you want to take your car hire from Dublin city directly to Galway city, just take the N4 out of Dublin city and then the N6. Vibrant Galway city is the most westerly city in Europe and is well worth a visit!

You could also drive your car hire from Dublin city to Belfast city in Antrim. It’s just over a 2 hour drive depending on traffic, just take the M1 north until you come to the Newry bypass, then take then take the A1 and follow signs for Belfast.

So book your cheap Dublin car hire now and see Ireland from behind the wheel. There really is no better way to explore Ireland as when you have a car you can get off the beaten track and stop where and when you want. With your car hire you have the freedom and flexibility to tailor your tour of Ireland to what suits you.

Mairead Foley writes for the Ireland travel and accommodation website http://www.GoIreland.com

Visit www.goireland.com for all you need to know before visiting Dublin, like what to see and where to go. View B&Bs, guesthouses and self catering in Dublin as well as Dublin hotels.

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