This driving tour is not theoretical - we drove every kilometre/mile of the route. It is based upon Cork, being the European capital of culture city for 2005. The car was hired and left at Cork airport; it might be possible to use Shannon as a collection or drop-off point. If anything was learned by this experience, it was that Irish country roads are gloriously fun to drive, as long as you leave plenty of time.
It's well worth buying good area maps, particularly if you are intending to keep off the beaten track. The signeage can be variable as you will see; in Co. Limerick the B&B owner informed us that the local children delight in turning the signs! You can always sell your maps on e-bay on your return home if you don't want them as souvenirs.
[Signpost on the Beara peninsula - one of the few remaining signs in miles, rather than kilometres]
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