Hello there. I'm planning on traveling to Ireland in two years time, as a trip before I go to college. I'm planning on staying there for one month, with another person. Renting a car is impossible because you need to be 21. I will be 18 at the time, so from what I've read, my US license should work in Ireland. I had thought that buying two scooters upon landing in Ireland, using them for the duration of the trip, and then selling them back before we left, would be a good idea, but I'm not sure about the logistics of it. Will I be able to pay for a scooter in cash upon arrival and leave with it the same day? What about registration in Ireland? And finally, even if I am able to buy a scooter, will I be able to sell it back in a timely manner? Most of the scooter shops I've looked into also sell used scooters, and that could be a good idea as well.
Our plan is to see the whole country, and travel into Northern Ireland for a while. Since we only have a month, bikes seemed too slow of an option. As I said earlier, renting a car is not an option. However, I'm not sure if a scooter will be fast enough to drive around Ireland and I'm not sure about the legal issues as far as driving them on motorways, registration, etc. We have budgeted about $4000 USD to spend on the two scooters, and estimated about $2000 USD for gasoline. So, we have $6000 USD to get transportation and gasoline for a one month stay in Ireland.
Also, I'm not even sure if scooters are the best option. If somebody else has a better idea, please tell me.
Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!