Top 5 Ireland Road Trip Destinations in 2017

Auto Europe, one of the industry’s first global car rental companies, reveals the top 5 destinations in Ireland for North American tourists exploring by car. Destinations are based on the pickup location of reservations from late 2016 and early 2017 in combination with a review of global travel data.

Top 5 Road Trip Destinations in Ireland for 2017 (PRNewsfoto/Auto Europe)

# 5 Killarney
A storied stop along the scenic Ring of Kerry Tour, Killarney offers travelers a chance to experience authentic Ireland. The city and surrounding country are the complete embodiment of mythical Ireland: a Celtic kingdom of misty mountains and snowcapped summits complete with a vibrant nightlife scene and customary Irish flair.

#4 Galway
Nestled along the Wild Atlantic Way, Galway is the perfect destination to start a tour of Ireland’s west coast and see world-famous natural attractions as well as the country’s most significant historic sites. While in town, be sure to walk the Salmon Weir Bridge to watch the fishermen haul in their daily catch.

#3 Cork
Referred to as the ‘real capital of Ireland‘ by the locals, Cork is home to some of the best seafood restaurants, pubs, and breweries. Of course, no trip to Cork would be complete without a quick trip to the famous Blarney Stone, just one of the 7 best historic places in Ireland within driving distance.

#2 Shannon
Shannon’s close proximity to many of Ireland’s most significant attractions makes the city a hot spot for travelers. Visitors can easily visit the stunning Cliff’s of Moher which are only an hour’s drive from the city and King John’s Castle, just a quick jaunt from Shannon, all in one day!

#1 Dublin
The Historic City of Dublin is a UNESCO world heritage site – meaning that in addition to the fantastic pubs, restaurants, and museums available in the city, the city itself is a landmark of historic interest. It’s also home to the Guinness Storehouse making it the perfect place to start a beer tour of Ireland!

Ireland’s stunning landscapes, exciting history, and welcoming locals make the country a popular road trip location for North Americans,” said Imad Khalidi, CEO of Auto Europe. “Ireland is easy to explore by car and car rental rates are always affordable.”