a VirtualTourist member from New York City
Would it be best to rent a car in Dublin and drive to Wales for 4 days and then return to Shannon Air port or ferry over, rent in Holleyhead and drop off there?
I don't know anything about the local car rental / insurance regulations and would like to make it easy on myself. Any thoughts on this and links would be helpful!
Hi, I've been to Dublin several times and always had a
memorable time. We did day trips by coach so we didn't
rent cars.Can't help you there.
However, go to www.trip advisor.com
It is a forum and has good info and responses
to your question on traveling in Europe.
Go to the links for Britain.
Remember Wales and Ireland in comparison to America
are small countries so the distances between towns
are short. Transportation is very reasonable. But
traveling by car is good too, if you have the time.
Pub food is good too and it's where you'll meet and
talk to the Irish folk. They're fun-loving and full
of wit. The Emerald Isle is very special.
Just remember an umbrella and raincoat. Have fun!
It costs rather a lot (200GBP+ at peak times) to take the car ferry to Wales, and am not sure you'd be able to take a hire car out of the country anyway. Best to go as a foot passenger and hire in Holyhead (google the UK pages on www.google.co.uk for 'car hire, holyhead' and book in advance, as Holyhead is a fairly small place). The fast ferry goes from Dun Laoghaire, not Dublin itself btw.
Please don't rely on public transport to get round Wales (or rural UK at all, not sure about rural Ireland but suspect it's much the same) unless you have to. There are buses,of course, but outside the towns they are often infrequent and fit in with working/ school hours. Trains do not reach most of Wales. You'll see far more with a car. I wish it was not thus, I wish the UK could get its act together and have a public transport system such as those in Europe, but it hasn't.
Oh....and distances on maps may look short but (as you probably found in Ireland) often take longer than expected. Especially if you are stuck behind a caravan or heavy lorry!
As said expensive to bring car by ferry take the cat from dun loghaire or ferry from Dublin and hire in Holyhead
The link above will give you all the info (go to the Holyhead index link for transport etc. If you need more help e-mail me as I live 2mls from the port in holyhead