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Lonely Planet Ireland's Best Trips (Travel Guide) [Paperback]

Lonely Planet , Davenport , Dixon , Le Nevez , O'Carroll
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1 Mar 2013 Travel Guide

Discover the freedom of the open road while touring Ireland with Lonely Planet's Ireland's Best Trips, your passport to the most up-to-date advice on unique Irish experiences that await you along Ireland's roadways. This guide features 34 amazing road trips, from 2-day escapes to 2-week adventures. Wander the tuneful streets of Galway, taste the best of Ireland's eateries at Cork, or explore the world-class museums of Dublin; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to Europe, jump in the car, and hit the road!

Inside Lonely Planet's Ireland's Best Trips:

  • Lavish colour and gorgeous photography on every page to inspire you as you plan
  • Itineraries and planning advice help you pick the right routes for you and tailor your trip to your needs and interests
  • Get around easily with 81 easy-to-read, full-colour regional and route maps and detailed directions
  • Free, convenient pull-out Ireland road map (included in print version)
  • Insider tips about Irish driving rules and road etiquette help you get around like a local to avoid trouble spots and be safe on the road
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, prices, and Irish road signs key
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, and sight-seeing
  • Useful features - including Driving Problem Buster, Detours, and Link Your Trip
  • Coverage of Dublin, Ennis, Cork, Galway, Belfast, the Dingle Peninsula, Wexford, Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, Westport, Tralee, Kenmare, Ring of Kerry, Connemara, Glendalough, Doolin, Derry, Bangor, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet's Ireland 's Best Trips is perfect for those planning to explore Ireland via the road and discover sights that are only accessible by car.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Lonely Planet's Ireland guide, our most comprehensive guide to Ireland is perfect for those planning to both explore top sights and lesser-known gems. Looking for just the highlights of Ireland? Check out Lonely Planet's Discover Ireland, a photo-rich guide to the country's most popular attractions.
  • Looking for a guide focused on Dublin? Check out Lonely Planet's Dublin guide for a comprehensive look at all the city has to offer or Lonely Planet's Dublin Encounter, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.

There's More in Store for You:

See more of Europe's picturesque country sides and have the rich, authentic experience you dream about by exploring Europe by car with Lonely Planet's Best Trips guides. Check out Lonely Planet's France's Best Trips or Italy's Best Trips for more European road-tripping ideas.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Fionn Davenport, Belinda Dixon, Catherine Le Nevez, and Oda O'Carroll.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 1 edition (1 Mar 2013)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1742209866
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742209869
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Darren Simons TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars O'Good 28 Sep 2013
By S. Thomas #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Lonely Planet can usually be relied upon to provide a succinct heads up on a destination and no nonsense guidance on how to make the most of your visit.

Their guide to Ireland follows this tried and tested formula and lists 34 road trips that range in duration from 2 to 14 days, and starts off by introducing eight different recommended trips for consideration if you only have the opportunity for one visit.

Having never visited I am planning a trip next year and the fact that the book lists some of the towns and cities together with a corresponding trip number was hugely useful. Whittling things down is also made easier by suggestions of trips to take in ancient monuments, views, music or food. Each trip has a list of suggested venues for eating and overnight stops as well as a good number of colour photographs of the sights that make selection of a trip so much easier (or possibly more difficult).

A great little guide that is packed full of helpful tips and suggestions throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Car Journeys 12 Sep 2013
By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful for the motorist 12 Sep 2013
By James B. Spink HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Who stole them! 30 April 2013
By T. Curry VINE VOICE
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
Being based in Northern Ireland, I am always amused at attempts to describe the Ulster province but I have to admit that this is pretty good for tis lovely island. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jack Chakotay
4.0 out of 5 stars Enough road trips to keep you busy for a long, long time
If you fancy a road trip to Ireland but are not sure quite how to do it then this book is perfect for you. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Miss
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone travelling to Ireland here...
We're still at the planning stage of our Ireland trip but already looking forward to it thanks to this guide. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Me read
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of A Trillian Books
This book contains some excellently planned routes around Ireland with great suggestions of places to visit. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tasha
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and informative guide
I got this book on a bit of a whim - for a while we have contemplated a trip to Ireland. Initially wasn't too keen on the pre-set routes, as this can be a bit restrictive, and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. R. J. Wyndham
5.0 out of 5 stars Giving it five stars because it sounds excellent but I never received...
Asked for this to be sent to my daughters house but it did not arrive and she has now moved house. I was looking forward to it because the most beautiful parts of Ireland are often... Read more
Published 8 months ago by F. Griffiths
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good information
Looking forward to using this for future trips, packed full of useful information and great tips. Nice layout, good maps and pictures.
Published 8 months ago by F. R. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
We are planning a trip to the Emerald Isle and this is just the book to help us and you.

Good maps, great itineraries, good local information, great inspiring... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bruce Boogie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant little guide
This is compact and a fine really current guide if you want to just head off grab a car and go - inexpensive excellent value and travel friendly covering all areas. Read more
Published 10 months ago by avid british reader
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