With all the talk of the “new normal”. Now, in terms of tourist travel, road-trips and self-drives are nothing new to Ireland. Critcally and crucially in the “new normal” it is the best option for a traveller to Ireland. The likes of Carroll’s Tours offer a staggering variety of Self-Drive options. But, self-drive day trips are one great option to consider during the St Patricks festivities. This is also a great time to visit Ireland and reconnect with your irish roots. Or, if you just come to Ireland because of the great time to be had here. Here are some of the ways of exploring Ireland during this special time. 17th March is St Patrick’s Day is Ireland’s National Day. Festivities take place over the preceding week as well. This is a wonderful time of year to come to Ireland. So here is a list of some great ideas for planning a trip around St Patrick’s Day. Here are some tips to make your festival truly unforgetable.
Staying in Dublin City St Patrick’s Week – Take Day Trips
- Staying in Dublin City for any period of time over the St Patrick’s festivities is full of possibilities. The one major downside is the demand for accommodation in Dublin over the festival period.
Here are some tips for Dublin Stays:
- Book early and not in the same year as March the 17th. Book in early autumn in the preceeding year if you you wish to travel. This is a must for any guarantee of City Centre accommodation.
- Try B&B’s if booking closer to the date, B&B’s can be your best option. For instance, the closest to City Centre on Northside would be Drumcondra (12min bus ride). The closest on Southside would be Ballsbridge Area (15 min Bus ride).
- BTW Drumcondra and Phibsborough are two of the most unrated area’s in Dublin. Both close to Airport, full of iconic local bars and nightclubs and fantastic restaurants. Get a Leap Card for Public Transport you can top up as you need and fares are cheaper that way.
- If all is booked up, you will have to go further out. Dublin is well serviced with hotels on the Northside near to City and Airport.
- If part of a large group, best bet anyway would be to book hotel on the edge of the City.
- Thre is one other advantage to staying on the edge of Dublin’s City Centre. Handy for parking and getting in and out of the City to visit the rest of the country.
St Patrick’s Festival Dublin Self-Drive Day Trips
If in Dublin City for a few days or more a unique new type of offering is Self-Drive Day Trips. This is a great way to stay in Dublin yet hire a car for a day and get out and see places like Kilkenny City, Wicklow and Glendalough, Newgrange and Tara in County Meath or even further afield to Galway or Belfast. Carroll’s Tours are one of the few operators offering this type of tailored package.
Places to go includes:
- Wicklow and Glendalough – on a Wicklow day trip, you get to see stunning Glendalough. At Powerscourt a magnificent Waterfall, the fantastic Powerscourt House and Distillery. So, just head across the beautiful Wicklow National Park to Russborough House. At Russborough House, go visit The National Bird of Prey Centre.
- Try a Dublin North Coast day trip. On this trip you get to see three stunning castles, Malahide, Swords, and Howth. One unforgettable view is from the Summit of Howth Head, with its stunning views of Dublin City.
- A trip to the Royal County (Meath). There, you get to see the likes of stunning Trim castle. Visit the ancient mysterious Newgrange Experience. Then, explore the ancient seat of the Irish Kings on the Hill of Tara. Given the week an appropriate visit to were St Patrick confronted the High King – the Hill of Slane.
As you can see there are a lot of options while spending time in Dublin. These options enable you to get out and enjoy the beautiful Irish countryside.