A motorhome rental or campervan hire road trip around Ireland could take a very long time. Its not just because some of the roads are narrow or oddly signposted, although some of them are, but there are so many traditional Irish pubs along the way you just can’t get the momentum up to leave.
If time is of the essence head south from Dublin on the main N11, this is a good main road which will get you to your first stop Wexford in just under two hours. If, on the other hand, you’ve got lots of time and you want to experience the coastal road along the Atlantic, take the R761 which takes you through small fishing villages and past some virtually deserted beaches. If you’re feeling brave dip your toe in the water, if not there are plenty of opportunities for fishing, kite surfing, and boat trips to the nearby Saltee islands.
Day 2There are lots to do in Waterford, so you’ll probably want to spend the whole day here before moving on to your final destination Cork tomorrow. The number one thing to do in the city is to visit Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre. Only the top quality crystal is made in Waterford these days, unfortunately much of the work has transferred to other parts of Europe which make ‘less expensive’ pieces, but a tour of the factory lets you see the mould room, blowing department, and how the cutter and engravers work. Of course there are some wonderful display pieces and a shop for those all important souvenirs.
Waterford also happens to be Ireland’s oldest city, so there’s an endless amount of narrow streets and old buildings to explore such as Reginald’s Tower and the Cathedral. Once you’ve had your fill of history, and as you’re not driving today, why not visit one of those traditional Irish pubs and sample a pint of something dark and smooth.Day 3.
Today is the last leg of the journey towards Cork, 121 Km away. En route you have a choice of visiting the Copper Coast European Geopark at Bunmahon, where you can learn about the coastline, rock formations and archaeology, you can visit some of the best beaches in the country, or if you’re into golf try out one of their championship courses.And so, you reach the city of Cork, in the county of Cork, with its colourful houses, heaps of history, and acres of walks. You will no doubt spend a few days exploring the area and islands and hopefully be surprised at what a wonderfully friendly city it really is.