So much history, you may need to come back
It may seem ironic, but if you want to travel back in time to medieval Ireland, the best route to take is through the modern highway – the sort of driving vacation only possible for those with a hire car from Dublin Airport. Car rental gives you the freedom to explore the historical and cultural sites scattered across Ireland’s sprawling countryside. It is also more cost-effective than taking commercial tours, the strict itineraries couldn’t possibly include all the key sites.
Given the variety of Ireland’s medieval treasures, you’ll want that option to make the most of your trip. Then, it’s off to Kingscourt, County Cavan for a night at the Cabra Castle Hotel which dates from 1760 and is less than a one hour drive from Dublin Airport.
Another major medieval attraction is the Book of Kells, a 9th-century artifact on display at Trinity College. Your car travels will then take you to Newgrange, the passage grave located in the Village of Slane, and largely seen as one of the greatest wonders of the ancient world.
Roscommon Town is another important stop a driving tour of medieval Ireland. Its historical sites include Roscommon Castle, the Dominican Friary, the Roscommon Jail and Strokestown Park House, which has a Famine Museum as well as several social and historical exhibits.
From there, it’s on to the beautiful landscapes of County Mayo, passing through fishing villages and market towns before reaching Ballycastle is the Céide Fields. This is the world’s most extensive site from the Stone Age, and it’s thought to be over 5,000 years old.
Hiring a car gives you freedom and versatility. You can as easily enjoy the modern city of Galway’s night life as you can take in the scenic landscapes of Connemara, Clifden, Aran Islands, The Burren or the Cliffs of Moher. When the trip comes to a close, Europcar offers convenient vehicle drop off at Dublin Airport, so you’ll be on to your connecting flight in no time.