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on 12 September 2013
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.