A trip to Ireland has been on the wish list for a while now, so we decided the best way to see as much in a week was to fly into Shannon airport and pick up a hire car.
We used Europcar and although we picked a small car option we were give a nice new Renault Captur. I would definitely recommend hiring a car to get out into the wilds – the landscape is stunning!
TIP! We stocked up at Tesco with snacks to put in the boot to keep us going when we were in the middle of nowhere or if there were no veggie options to choose from in remote pubs or cafes. Travel and hangry do not mix!
Supermarkets like Spar and Supervalu are in most towns and have some great vegetarian and vegan sandwich and cake choices for picnics, I went for the delicious Vegan Chickpea Tikka Masala sandwich when picnicking in Tralee.
The supermarkets are also great for stocking up on local treats to take back and way cheaper than the touristy shops, we took back some Wild Irish Sea Veg organic seaweed flakes and a selection of Irish jams.
Before we arrived I researched vegetarian and vegan restaurant meal options on the trusty Happy Cow and Trip Advisor. If you’re staying at a good B&B they will also be ready with some good suggestions.
Every town we visited had vegetarian and vegan options on the menu (not too much goats cheese thanks god!) but we only saw one exclusively vegetarian cafe – (see my upcoming Dingle post for details.) If you know of any more in Ireland please leave details in the comments below.
We chose a variety of destinations to stop at on our road trip which were all quite different.
Our itinerary for the week was Limerick, Tralee, Dingle, Killarney and a flying visit to Adare.
First stop = Limerick!
Our Ireland road trip stops…