I'm delighted to hear you'll be visiting our wee island for the first time!
There are so many options for you to check, as Conor mentioned on his great response. I'll be happy to help you planning a fantastic adventure!
You have chosen a lovely time of year to visit, and a car definitely gives you the freedom to explore and simply go where the road takes you. I know there is a lot of information available out there about car rental
, and I would love to point you in the right direction. You can find some helpful resources and tips on the vehicle rental page
, as well as a list of all the companies approved by the Car Rental Council of Ireland.
You can also read more about how our other members planned their road trips in the Rental Car Requirements
and the I'm thinking of renting a car
in Ireland - what do I need to know? threads, as well as this post about an International Drivers License
. Most rental companies will require a valid driving license that was issued in the country of residence, but it's always handy to check with them just in case.
Regarding the cities you're planning on visiting during your 9 days, these are certainly wonderful options and Dublin
is a fantastic place to start your adventure!
In addition to the awesome suggestions from Conor, visiting Cork
is a must in your trip. If you'd like some ideas for stops along the way, have a look at the suggestions Liza
received in an similar thread. You can adapt this freely to your wishes - stay longer in certain places and exclude others - for a tailored trip which will give you time for a day trip out to the iconic Cliffs of Moher
If you decide on staying in Galway city
, then there are quite a few castles and historic houses
close to the city. Galway has plenty to keep you busy from walks around the city, food places to enjoy the local produce to excellent locations to listen to trad music and have some craic!
is no doubt a beautiful city to close the full circle of your adventure. If you need to go by bus after delivering your rental car, we recommend this route available with Bus Eireann
You also commented you already have places booked for all your hotels, but you can also find some great places to spend your nights using our accommodation search tool.
My advice would be to take your time and be sure to take breaks along the way if you ever feel less than completely comfortable. I hope this information helps with the planning of your trip, and let's see if some other members will jump in with some other suggestions!
Have a lovely day!