Self-catering accommodation is an increasingly popular choice among people who have decided to go on a trip to Ireland. It’s not difficult to see why, as self-catering provides one of the best ways to see the Irish countryside, and indeed, live like a local during your time in the country. In big, and relatively expensive, cities such as Cork or Dublin, it’s also a great way of making a limited travel budget stretch that little bit further. However, as with all types of holiday accommodation, there are a few hints and practical tips that it’s worth being aware of before you make a booking and start your trip. While there aren’t any significant pitfalls, these essential pieces of advice will help to make your time in Ireland go that little bit more smoothly than it otherwise would. Read on, and we’ll share them with you.
The first is to remember that picking up the food and supplies that you need to enjoy self-catering accommodation can be tricky in some parts of rural Ireland. This is particularly true on Sundays, or late in the evenings when many large stores close. It’s also worth being careful around the Easter weekend. This is still a significant public holiday in Ireland, and many major stores will be closed or operating on limited hours. The good news is that Ireland is no longer a dry country on Good Friday, and alcohol is freely available.
It’s also worth remembering that Ireland has strict laws on drink driving and that if you’re planning to visit pubs during your time in the country and drink alcohol (and we highly recommend that you do!), you’ll need to find a way of getting home afterwards that doesn’t involve driving. Stay safe, and you’re far more likely to have an enjoyable time