Self-drive tours in Ireland

Experience the Emerald Isle's natural beauty and history at your own pace on one of our self-drive tours of Ireland. Your package includes car rental, accommodation, hand-marked map, 24/7 tour helpline and much more!

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Our travel experts are busy crafting Ireland road trip experiences you’ll want to add to your travel wishlist.

Watch this space for information on driving tours of Ireland, coming soon in January 2020.

About Your Irish Driving Tour

Explore Ireland’s stunning landscapes, taking your time to visit the highlights you want to see, from the majestic cliffs overlooking the Atlantic to the historic sites such as Newgrange. With one of our self-drive tours, you’ll discover Ireland on your own terms and make memories of a lifetime!

When you book a driving tour of Ireland with Nordic Visitor, you can expect:

• A dedicated travel consultant who´ll arrange your adventure
• A private meet-and-greet transfer from Dublin Airport upon your arrival
• A welcome bag including detailed personal itinerary & hand-marked map
Car rental with GPS, unlimited mileage and CDW insurance
Excellent accommodation at your chosen price point
24/7 phone support during your travels for peace of mind

To start your adventure with Nordic Visitor, simply follow the following steps:

1. Pick your favourite Nordic Visitor package
2. Confirm (or customise) your package
3. Check your confirmation email
4. Book your flights
5. Get ready for your trip

Why choose Nordic Visitor

Trusted local travel experts

Nordic Visitor has been creating unforgettable travel experiences in the Nordic region since 2002. Our consultants test all our packages, so every drive and hotel has been carefully chosen. Our in-depth knowledge of all aspects of your trip to Ireland means you’ll take home unforgettable memories.

Great reviews

Our dedicated teams deliver excellent service quality, and this is reflected year after year when TripAdvisor awards us with their Certificate of Excellence. We also take great pride in our customer feedback: 97% of our travelers say they would recommend us to friends and family.

Car insurance included

Have a fun road trip with the peace of mind that the unpredictable is covered. All our Ireland self-drive tours include collision damage waiver insurance, third party liability, road fund licence and theft protection for the duration of the vehicle rental period. You can also enjoy unlimited mileage, and a reliable vehicle from a tried-and-tested rental company.

Stress-free experience

We book all aspects of your dream vacation in Ireland before you arrive, from your accommodation to the car rental. You can relax knowing that our team has everything in hand. You’ll also receive a personalised itinerary and hand-marked map, highlighting the best attractions for every day of your tour.

Customisable tour options

Nordic Visitor created all Ireland self-drive packages to give guests the adventure of their dreams. But we understand that you have a unique travel wish list. Our travel experts can tailor tours to suit your needs, whether you would like to spend extra time in a location or visit a special attraction.

You are in good hands

One of our travel experts is always on call 24/7 to handle any unforeseen situations during your trip. Unexpected event or weather issues? No problem, reach us on our dedicated helpline and we’ll rework your itinerary. We’ll move your accommodation and re-book activities, while keeping you safe and informed.

Full financial protection

With Nordic Visitor, you have peace of mind knowing your holiday arrangements with us are 100% financially protected. Nordic Visitor is a fully licensed travel agency and complies with the Icelandic and European Union laws regarding Package Travel regulations. Your payments to us are protected with an insurance protection that guarantees you a refund in the unlikely event of insolvency.

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Frequently Asked Questions
About Ireland Driving Tours

In case you have a few questions before booking your Ireland driving vacation, we’ve collected and answered the most important ones for your peace of mind. You can also find more detailed answers and travel tips in our Ireland Travel Guide. Or, if you want to know more about our processes and payment details, check out our FAQ page.

In Ireland (and Northern Ireland), you should drive on the left-hand side of the road. This means that you’ll be using a right-hand drive car, and changing gears on your left side. If it’s your first time driving on the left, we recommend you consider renting an automatic car for ease of use.

Yes, you can. Our Ireland self-drive tours can start on any day between April and October. When you’ve picked your favourite package and you’re ready to book, simply pick a date in the calendar that suits you best. Your personal travel consultant will then get in touch to confirm your details.

When creating our packages, we aim to show our guests the very best of Ireland. But we understand everyone is different. Should there be anything in particular you’re keen to see, or if you want to stay longer to explore more of Ireland, simply get in touch so we can help arrange it all for you.

We recommend that you do not book flights until we have confirmed your package. Once you book your tour with us, your personal travel consultant will contact you within two working days with more details about your arrangements. You can then book your flights with the confirmed start date of your tour.

Yes. The roads in Ireland are accessible and in good condition. Driving around Ireland is also a great way to discover the country! Go at your own pace and stop when you want to take it all in! But make sure to follow the road rules to stay safe. Read our driving guide for more information.

Yes. However, if you are from outside the European Union, you can only use your home driving licence if it is in English (for example if you are from the USA or Australia). If your licence isn’t in English, you’ll have to obtain an international driving permit.

The Ring of Kerry is a scenic drive and tourist trail around the Iveragh Peninsula in the southwest of Ireland. It is also part of the famous Wild Atlantic Way route. When you want a road trip that delivers stunning Irish coastal views and historic attractions, the Ring of Kerry is for you.

Yes you can, although as Ireland is an island you’ll have to take a ferry across the Irish Sea. If you are starting or ending a driving tour of the UK and Ireland in Dublin, we're happy to organise the Irish leg of your journey.

Technically yes. While Ireland is an island, and you can easily drive from Ireland to Northern Ireland (which is part of the UK), you will need to take a ferry to the island of Great Britain. Keep an eye out for our upcoming joint Ireland and Scotland tours!

Our aim is to provide you with all the necessities to enjoy a worry-free trip. This is why we included collision damage waiver insurance as part of all our driving packages.

To safeguard your trip from the unexpected, we highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.

Drinking and driving laws in Ireland are strict. The legal limit is 50mg (80mg in Northern Ireland) of alcohol per 100ml of blood. It is tricky to translate this into how many drinks will put you over the limit. For that reason, we recommend taking no chances. Avoid drink-driving and save the beer or whiskey for later.

The Irish weather can be variable, even between April and October. Regardless of the weather we recommend bringing light and waterproof layers, light gloves, a hat and a scarf. If you intend on going for coastal walks, don’t forget a pair of walking shoes (or boots). Read more in our packing guide.

As you drive around Ireland, you’ll soon realise that there isn’t just one best place. We believe a self-drive tour will allow you to see the Emerald Isle at its best and enjoy the many scenic highlights.

The best scenery in Ireland includes:

  • Ring of Kerry
  • Dingle Peninsula
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Aran Islands
  • Slieve League Cliffs
  • The Burren
  • Giant's Causeway

You can read about some of our favourites places in Ireland here.

All our self-drive Ireland packages currently start from the capital city, Dublin. If you plan on flying into another airport (such as Cork or Shannon), please get in touch with our team. We could arrange a private transfer to Dublin for you.

According to our consultants, here are the top 5 Irish drives, the most scenic ways to see Ireland:

For the best weather and longer daylight hours, we recommend visiting between April and October. At this time, attractions also have longer opening hours meaning you can make the most of your tour! Read more about the best time to visit Ireland depending on your interests.

The amount of time it takes to drive around Ireland depends on the sights and attractions you want to see. For a comprehensive tour of the island, we recommend a classic 10-day itinerary. We also offer express tours and leisure tours depending on how long you have to visit Ireland.


Contact us

Get in touch if you have a question about our Ireland self drive tours, or if you want help creating a customised travel package. We’re happy to help so please don’t hesitate to contact us.



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