Just click at the pictures to enlarge them.             deutsche Version

route

At mid of August 2001 I drove from Germany through Holland, then 4 hours with a ferry from Hook of Holland to Harwich, then through England and Wales to Fishguard, where I sailed another 4 hours with a ferry to Rosslare in Ireland (the fast ferry, only 2 hours, was canceled because of heavy storm). Now I drove along the south coast to the west. Ofcourse I didn't miss to take a tour at the Midleton Distillery. Further on along the coast to the Ring of Beara, Ring of Kerry and Ring of Dingle to the north. Next stop was at the Cliffs of Moher, then I drove through Connemara and Donegal all along the coast. After that through Derry/Londonderry to the Old Bushmills Distillery and the Giants Causeway. Now I had to go back to the ferry, but first I visited  Newgrange and had a lovely ride through the Wicklow Mountains.

Recommended map: Ireland from ADAC, scale 1:350.000

Guide book:  Lonely Planet Ireland

General information

Dublin Forecast
The best time for an Ireland trip is May/June and September/October, because this are normally the driest months.
pre-historic site While waiting for the ferry in Wales you can use the time to visit some pre-historic sites.
Midleton Distillery You should visit the Midleton Distillery, there is an quite interesting tour where is shown how Whiskey was made in earlier days. After the tour you'll get a tasting of Jameson-, Powers- or Paddy-Whiskey.
palms in Ireland No, this photo wasn't taken at south Europe, it's also Ireland. The Irish love palms and cacti and they grow good because of the warm Golf Stream.
sheep on the road Like in this photo from the Ring of Beara , you have to watch out for sheep on the road in whole Ireland.