There’s no better way to see Ireland than by car – the rolling green hills and quaint villages are best viewed at leisure. And there is no better time to see Ireland than during the St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
First off, drivers in Ireland are required to carry their driving license, vehicle registration document, motor insurance certificate and in most cases a green card. Prudential, a leading car insurance provider in the UK, suggests that drivers keep all their documentation close at hand when in the car. In the event of a fender bender or breakdown, you will want to be able to contact the relevant authorities quickly and easily.
Next up: where to go? Ireland isn’t very big, but a well planned road trip means savings on petrol and wear and tear on your car, while you maximise your site seeing options. The whole of Ireland celebrates St Patrick’s Day, famously commemorating the patron saint of Ireland, so there will be plenty of options for those looking for some Irish fun this March.
You might want to take part in one of the bigger festivals in the cities of Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Limerick:
The St Patrick’s Festival in Dublin is Ireland’s official celebration of the holiday, with parties, parades and night time events to entertain visitors and locals alike. In Belfast the St. Patrick’s Day Carnival winds through the city and includes a free music concert featuring a mix of pop and traditional music which is suitable for the whole family.
Cork bursts to life for the St. Patrick’s Festival, with people, boats and bands from around the world sharing their culture as the city celebrates Ireland’s national day. In Limerick there is a parade, the International Band Festival and a Spring Fest to entertain visitors, as well as the much anticipated firework show, Skyfest.
A more leisurely road trip would involve a casual meander through some of Ireland’s tiny villages, stopping for a pub lunch or a night in a quaint bed and breakfast. While Ireland might be known for its whiskey and beer, the country has similar drink driving laws to the UK, so it is better to avoid drinking altogether if you will be driving.