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Self drive vacation for five throughout Ireland

ann arbor
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Self drive vacation for five throughout Ireland

My family of five (husband and I and our three teens) are interested in traveling Ireland on our own this summer. Not sure where to start to plan. Are there cars to rent there that will fit our whole family? Suggestions for itinerary (number of days needed) and accommodations would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Self drive vacation for five throughout Ireland

This from tony2phones will help get you started:


And, an older posting with suggestions another DE, Bryno:


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2. Re: Self drive vacation for five throughout Ireland

As for cars- you would likely need a mini-van at least. I had a large opel and there would not have been room in the trunk for 5 suitcases/backpacks or whatever you travel with. Make sure you get a diesel- better on mileage and cheaper per litre.

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3. Re: Self drive vacation for five throughout Ireland

How to plan your own fly-drive holiday:



and if you look at the right-hand side of this page, under "top questions" you'll find links to some suggested itineraries, plus trip reports which make good reading and contain lots of helpful information.

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4. Re: Self drive vacation for five throughout Ireland

Hello. Go to www.discoverireland.ie and www.heritageireland.ie for great ideas on planning your Irish vacation. With 3 teens, let them see what they can come up with. If they are into castles, some they might find interesting are Trim castle, Cahir castle, and Kilkenny castle, all with great tours, to name but a few. And yes, a minivan would probably be your best bet. Your itinerary depends on how many days you plan to spend. Enjoy your planning and your trip.

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5. Re: Self drive vacation for five throughout Ireland

I got a 5 seater (Class W) from Dan Dooley for four of us. We originally had 5 but one dropped. There was adequate space for our bags and we could have easily added a 5th person. It looks like they have 6 seaters in that class also, so more room/additional storage space possible. (I'm not endorsing Dan Dooley- just worked for us for that group size. There is a lot of info on this forum regarding car hire and others experience, so please read up on it and make the best informed decision!)

Read the Frequently Asked Questions to get you started a bit, and then read through posts on related questions you may have. For everything else, ask the forum. These people are great!

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