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Ireland's South Coast A rented car tour


Ireland’s South coast is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, and the ideal destination for a driving vacation. It is best to rent a car rather than take a commercial tour. Aside from the freedom to take charge of your car travel itinerary and see Ireland at your own pace, you can also take as many detours as you like between historical sites—and in Ireland, much of the beauty is in the detours. Adare is the first stop on your car travels, and its old-world thatched cottages and medieval churches are picture-perfect (don’t forget to bring a lot of film!). Attractions include King John's Castle, Adare Heritage Centre, Croom Mills, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Celtic Park Gardens and the Hunt Museum. The next item on your car travel itinerary is Killarney, known for its lakes and mountains. Be sure to drive to Muckross House, Killarney National Park, or Ross Castle. Or you can try your hand at a different kind of driving, by playing golf at one of Killarney Golf & Fishing Clubs 2 Championship courses. Your driving vacation should include the Castletownbere, found in West Cork. Even just the car drive there is breathtaking: you’ll see the Roaringwater Bay and Carbery's hundred Islands. One advantage of renting a car is that you can follow your whim. If the seaside view proves impossible to resist, you can park your car, rent a boat and visit the islands of Sherkin and Cape Clear. When you hire a car, you make your own agenda! The next leg of your car travels will take you through some of Europe’s most beautiful seaside towns. Even their names roll of the tongue, as rhythmic as the ocean waves: Castletownsend, Rosscarberry, Inchydoney, Courtmacsherry and Garrettstown. But be sure to hit Kinsale by the time you get hungry. The Gourmet Capital of Ireland, it offers hundreds of restaurants, bars, and a wine museum. Drive around the city and enter whatever suits your fancy. Hiring a car gives you the chance to explore as much as you like. Don’t forget to shop for souvenirs and gifts before heading to the airport!