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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 1 edition (1 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742209866
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742209869
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darren Simons TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Oct. 2013
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Lonely Planet has recently started offering destinations from the Best Trips series where a country is devoured by means of a number of road trips ranging from the "see all the highlights" in a fortnight to the more off-beat trips for a few days.

As a destination I just don't really think Ireland is suited to this type of book. It is more a country you are most likely to visit a few times focusing on different areas each time. A standard travel guide will help there; I don't see enough extra value in this book to make it worthwhile.

I also have issue with the journey lengths. Some of the journeys are really short, less than 30 miles a day. Yet the biggest trip showing the highlights (The Long Way Around) is split across 14 days, with day 1 in Dublin, day 2 in Belfast, day 3 at the Giant's Causeway. If you have 14 days to visit Ireland there is no way you should consider that sort of trip. There is too much to see in Dublin in particular to do that - if anything the 14 days refers to the number of days travelling as part of a one month trip perhaps.

That said, it does make interesting reading and helps to plan a holiday. You do still need the proper travel guide, and a map... the maps provided here are very poor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Sept. 2013
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The powers that be at Lonely Planet appear to have made a recent decision to use their brand name to extend their range of books way beyond the traditional travel guides which they have been noted for for many years. Product line extension of this sort does not normally succeed and indeed, one could argue with the relevance of producing coffee table type books on food for example which is one of their recent forays. However, publishing books on road trips is a very logical use of the brand name and, used in conjunction with a proper, comprehensive country guide, is an excellent and useful addition to their range.

This is a book of some 400 pages, the first thirty odd of which are devoted to more general advice such as top experiences. However, the bulk of the guide is dedicated to the suggested car itineraries. The format is that Ireland is split into four regions - Belfast and the North, Dublin and the East, Cork and the Southwest and Galway and the West. The itineraries vary between a couple of days and two weeks, but of course you can mix and match according to the time you have available.

I have done a fair bit of car travel in Ireland and it seemed to me that the itineraries were well laid out and sensible in terms of what they covered. There is some information on eating and sleeping for each journey. I would not consider that this is in any way a substitute for a proper country guide of Ireland, but if you are considering hiring or taking a car with you there are plenty of good ideas in here to keep you amused during your vacation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ginger VINE VOICE on 30 April 2013
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Being a native of Northern Ireland who usually goes down south for a trip every summer I was really looking forward to reading this, we are planning to visit Cork in August.When reviewing travel guides I find it very helpful to read what they have to say about places and attractions I myself have visited, then I can judge how accurate the book is. Well I have very mixed feelings about this, yes it covers many important and very popular places in Southern Ireland but is sadly lacking in the north. The Glens of Antrim get a mention in Cushendun and Cushendall but there is a beautiful drive through the Glens that could have been made so much more of.
When the Queen and Prince Phillip made their historic visit they chose to visit the beautiful town of Enniskillen, there the Queen famously walked across the street from the Protestant Cathedral to the Catholic church which was wonderful for all of us to see. This town is not mentioned, sorry to bring politics into this but the book does, the Cenotaph there was bombed during the troubles killing many innocent civilians.Apart from all of that Enniskillen is right in the middle of the Fermanagh Lakelands and a place very popular for those who like to fish, sightsee or hire cabin cruisers to visit the many little islands. Not a mention, and the most widely visited Great House in the country, Castle Coole is there. This summer the G8 summit is being held at Lake Erne so it`s good enough for the world`s leaders. If I were coming here as a visitor I would want to see these places rather than murals on walls depicting sectarian violence, and yes I do know many people come to see that and am not taking away from the well organised tours that happen on both sides of the divide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James B. Spink HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Sept. 2013
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Lonely Planet produce quite a few different guides to Ireland so choosing the best one for you will depend on the type of holiday you are planning when you get there. From hiking and cycling to more general guides there is a book to suit every need - then of course there are the Rough Guides to consider as well leaving you a bit spoiled for choice!

This guide covers some interesting road trips and would probably suit someone taking their first couple of journeys around the Emerald Isle rather than those already more familiar with the island. Using Amazon's Click to Look Inside feature shows you what is covered and how the book is laid out. You should be able to see if your area of interest is covered here and get some ideas of where else to go in the future.

Best Trips are a bit subjective and you may find a more general guide may suit you better - I prefer them myself. However, this guide should suit some people planning their motoring holiday rather than being one for the more general visitor. Four stars for the intended readership but do check out the other guides too!
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