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Motorcycle Touring - Ireland

Giants Causeway, North West 200, the Antrim Coastal Road three very good reasons to visit Ireland.

Northern Ireland is part of the UK so traffic regulations are same as at home and with the Troubles behind us it's a fascinating and largely unspoilt destination. Head further south and we are into an EU-fuelled frenzy as the Irish celtic tiger economy
runs amok. New roads, new developments, new hotels, new money…Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry and Ring of Beara are amazing on a bike! Beautiful countryside and a real feel of celtic history. Just do it!

Irish Ferries Dublin/Holyhead. Stena Line Belfast/Stranraer and Holyhead/Dun Laoghaire or Fishguard/Rosslare. There are others but these are the quickest. Note: Dun Laoghaire is a DIFFERENT FERRY PORT from Dublin!

Funny pound notes issued by local Banks will confuse
you in the north while south of the border it's euros. Pay
by credit card or use the ATMs. Or call into the Northern
Bank after closing time and ask for £30million…

Same Euros you use in the rest of Europe so keep any change for your
next foreign trip.

Lots of revenue raising by the radar-wielding Garda - watch your speed
on the quieter roads in the south. The road signs are in kilometres so it
feels faster.

Massive EU-funded upgrade programme has dramatically improved the major commuter routes. Beware traffic congestion in Dublin - it really does get gridlocked. It can take two hours to cross town to catch the ferry at Dun Laoghaire…

Cheaper to fill up in the south at approx 1.15 euros (93 pence) per litre.

Carry your documents with you. They are very serious about drink/driving - it's a national pastime.

Assume that everyone else is drunk!

UK passport holders no problem. Others need a visa for southern Ireland.

Take your card with you and take out separate medical/travel insurance cover.