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Driving Southern Ireland mid to end of June. Will the roads be too crowded for reasonable travel?

Greetings,
Well, the family trip of 4 was going to be Switzerland but the airfares just aren't in the budget or at least any flights I want to take. So I'm thinking of Ireland. I've driven in the UK before but that was April. I'm concerned that the roads especially around the southern areas might be clogged with tour buses, and other tourists ( just like us). I haven't worked out an itinerary yet as this is a new plan, but I'm concerned that a road trip might be more frustrating than it's worth. We'd have 8 days. Thoughts? Thanks!

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We spent a month in Ireland last August in the Southeast with forays to the West and didn’t find any traffic jams to speak of. I don’t think the schools are out in June so I doubt the roads would be crowded. Go and enjoy!

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We’ve had 2 Ireland trips. First one was a June trip by bicycle, and while we got passed by plenty of buses on one stretch west of Galway, and cars, too, there was never any backup, as we continued down the west coast to Dingle. Seems to me the city of Limerick had more cars than we’d anywhere else during that 3 week trip, but it wasn’t excessive, and was at 5pm, and we were maybe there for their 10 minute evening rush hour? Still, there wasn’t any noticeable backup ever, and the roads in the west were barely busy.

Second trip, Sept. 2018, we drove a car, and went north. Once in a while, there was someone driving really slowly, so we passed them, but there was never a line of cars slowly snaking its way down any road. We were able to go the speed limit, and occasional road twistiness or narrowness was what would sometimes slow down our pace, not any clogging of roads with vehicles. And September seemed to have more cars than June, but those trips were 6 years apart, and not exactly in the same parts of Ireland. So, depending on exactly where you go, your results might be different, but jammed roads wouldn’t be any concern we’d have to prevent a third trip, driving again.

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Thank you for the responses. Sounds like it won't be the problem that I thought it would.

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You'll be fine. I have driven there twice on our trips and the biggest challenges have been driving in central Dublin (try to avoid if you can) and then finding yourself on some road that your GPS takes you on that is only 1-car width and rock-walls on both sides. I have never been stuck in any serious traffic jams however while driving in Ireland. Have fun and be safe!

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My husband and I spent 2 weeks 2 years ago. Started in Shannon ending in Dublin. We encountered no traffic along the way. It was so enjoyable along the quiet roads of Southern Ireland!

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We drove Dublin to Wicklow mountains, to very south and then up the west coast the last week of July and first week of August. We were told by our B n B owner that the first week of August is the busiest of the year for tourists. NO traffic! Only saw a couple buses.

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Ok good to know. Now just figuring out the details, but its reassuring that as an independent driver, we shouldn't be in traffic snarls. As we all know your time overseas is valuable and to spend it "stuck" is very frustrating.