Spend several days at the capital, Dublin, and absorb its history and culture. On display at the Trinity College’s Old Library is The Book of Kells, a Gospel book manuscript. Visit Dublin Castle, originally built in the 13th-century and today, a government complex. Head to Galway for its lively Eyre Square and Cork for Blarney Castle’s famous stone. Belfast, Northern Ireland's capital city is also an intriguing city. Check out the Titanic Belfast, a museum dedicated to a sunken ocean liner. Other iconic buildings include the Belfast City Hall and Belfast Castle. If you love castles and ruins, go to Antrim and for golf, Portrush and Ballycastle fit the bill whilst Londonderry’s pride is the Derry’s Walls, a historical song honouring the Siege of Derry in 1689.
Swing by at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, hang out in Phoenix Park or explore the National Museum of Ireland. Stop at the Dublin Writers Museum and read about the lives of renowned authors Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, and James Joyce. Don’t forget to taste a pint of Guinness in one of the pubs. Outdoor lovers will love night kayaking at Lough Hyne in Cork for gorgeous views of clear skies. The winter solstice in Newgrange, County Meath is worth doing if you’re lucky enough to be chosen for this experience. Visitors are limited to 50 and drawn by lottery. Ireland also has plenty of beaches where you go for long walks or just enjoy the crashing waves. However, horseriding on the coast is an exhilarating adventure as you gallop on the edge of the water. Before you leave the island, arrange for a Black Taxi tour in Belfast where you’ll visit historic sites, walls, and buildings accompanied by cabbie drivers who may have experienced the Troubles era, the time of the religious divide.
The city has vast green areas with huge parks and forests. The river Leine goes through the city, however, the landscape comprises mostly of flat land. Taking a stroll along the banks of the river is an enjoyable activity. Some of the most notable landmarks of the city, such as the Leine Castle, are also located on the banks. The Lake Maschsee, an artificial water reservoir right in the centre of the city, makes for a gorgeous attraction. It is popular with swimmers, boaters and those who want to go sailing. Many pathways circle the lake and the area around is also perfect for cosy picnics and creating memorable moments. During winters, the frozen lakes make for the ideal place to indulge in ice hockey and skating. Renting a car in Hanover to access the beautiful spots is a practical option.
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Access by air is easy as there are several airports in Ireland. Many airlines offer direct flights to Ireland. Both capitals have airports as do the cities of Cork, Derry, Donegal, Limerick, Down, Londonderry, and Kerry. Amenities include car rental agencies where you can hire a vehicle on the spot. Ferry crossings take place regularly between Scotland and Northern Ireland and from mainland Europe to Dublin. People on the island drive on the left and overtake from the right lane. The speed limits in Ireland are 120km/h on motorways, 100km/h on national roads, and 50km/h in urban areas. For Northern Ireland, the maximum speed limit is 110km/h on motorways and 45km/h in town and the city. You must be at least 21 years old to rent a car in both sides. Drivers under the age of 25 years are subject to an insurance surcharge. Seatbelts are mandatory and it is forbidden to drive whilst talking on a mobile phone. The legal alcohol limit for drivers in Northern Ireland is .08 whilst in the Republic it is .05.