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A Car Trip Back through Time: Discovering Medieval Ireland


It may seem ironic, but if you want to travel back in time to Medieval Ireland, the best route to take is through the modern highway—in a driving vacation made possible by hiring a car. Car rental gives you the freedom to explore the many historical and cultural cites scattered across Ireland’s sprawling countryside. It is also more cost-effective than taking a commercial tours, whose strict itinerary doesn’t include all the key sites. But by hiring a car, you have complete control over where you go and how long you want to stay there—and with the variety of Ireland’s medieval treasures, you’ll want that option to make the most of your trip. You can hire a car at Dublin Airport, from any of the numerous car rental agencies stationed there. You can then drive towards Kingscourt, Co Cavan and spend your first night at the Cabra Castle Hotel. See the Book of Kells, a 9th century artifact, at Trinity College. Your car travels will then take you to Newgrange, the passage grave located in the Village of Slane, and largely seen as one of the greatest wonders of the ancient world. Rocommon Town is another important stop in your car travel itinerary. Its historical sites include Roscommon Castle, the Dominican Friary, the Roscommon Jail, and Strokestown Park House, which has a Famine Museum as well as several social and historical exhibits. Your car travels will then take you to the beautiful landscapes of Co. Mayo, passing through fishing villages and market towns before reaching Ballycastle is the Céide Fields. This is the world’s most extensive site from the Stone Age, and is thought to be over 5000 years old. Hiring a car gives you freedom and versatility. You can choose to enjoy the modern city of Galway’s night life, or enjoy the various scenic landscapes of Connemara, Clifden, Aren Islands, the Burren, and the Cliffs of Moher. Then, with these happy memories of Ireland—both past and present—you can conveniently deposit the car you hired in the car hire rental agencies within the airport, and take your return flight home.