This is a well organized, detailed book full of useful information for driving trips in Ireland and Northern Ireland. We highly recommend it before planning a trip. It does all the work for you.
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Lonely Planetís authors have scoured each destination to find the very best trips to include in the book. The selection covers a range of interests so that travelers can select a trip that suits their tastes, whether itís relaxing on a beach, soaking up some history, enjoying fabulous food and wine, or getting back to nature in the great outdoors. Also included are recommendations for the most family-friendly journeys.
Discover all of Irelandís best trips including the scenic peninsulas of the southwest, the Connemara, the wildness of County Donegal, the lakes of Counties Leitrim and Roscommon, and the hills of the sunny southeast. Scenery, history, culture, cosmopolitan centers and the stillness of village life Ė youíll find all of this along the roads covered by the 34 drives in this book.
In the Plan your trip section youíll find: Welcome to Ireland; Ireland Highlights; Where to go based on your likes; City Guides; and a brief paragraph on each Ireland by region.
The book also contains a driving guide with essential information unique to Ireland, such as details on renting vehicles, insurance requirements, speed limits, road rules, language guides, and what to do in case of emergency. The book includes local insider information, fun detours, and the best accommodations and dining along route.
There are eight Classic Trips with colour maps with the route marked on the map, trip highlights with information on each, detours for each trip, and a list of accommodations and eating spots. Also in each classic trip section are listings of attractions with information on each. The eight trips are Irelandís Highlights, the Southwest coast, countryside and city, the Ring of Kerry, County Clareís music spots, the Best of the West, the Coastlines and Port Cities of the north-west, and the north of Northern Ireland.
Following the section on Classic Trips are the driving trips for each region. The regions are Galway and the West of Ireland, Dublin and Eastern Ireland, Cork and Southwest, and Belfast and North of Ireland. In each regional section there is a full colour map with the routes marked out, attractions with details, interesting detours, and accommodations and places to eat.
The Dublin and Eastern Ireland road trip section includes A week around Dublin; East to West; the Boyne Valley; Ancient Ireland; Monasteries, Mountains, and Mansions; the Wicklow Mountains; Carlow back roads; Kilkennyís treasures; Wexford and Waterford; and the Blackwater Valley drive.
In the Cork and South-west section are the Ring of Kerry; the Dingle peninsula; the South-west; West Cork villages; and the Shannon River route. Galway and the West lists the Best of the West; Musical landscapes; Mountains and Moors; Loughs of the West; North Mayo and Sligo; Sligo surrounds; and County Clare. Belfast and the North of Ireland includes the North in a Nutshell; Delights of Donegal; the Inishowen peninsula; from Bangor to Derry; and the Antrim coast.
In brief Irelandís Best Trips includes:
37 road trips
Foldable pull-out map
2 day escapes to week-long adventures
Regional trips and interesting detours
Maps, detailed directions and expert advice
Road trip essentials
Ireland driving guide
Planning chapters and city guides
Irelandís Best Trips, 1st Edition
By Fionn Davenport and et al
448 pages and 124 maps
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Available from Barnes and Noble and independent bookstores
Note: The other titles in this series are Best in California Trips, Best in New England Trips, Best Pacific Northwest Trips, Italyís Best Trips, and Franceís Best Trips.