In general the west of Ireland is not well served by public
transport and since many of the most interesting sites tend to be a little
off the beaten track hiring a car is probably the most convent approach.
If you do hire a car a good
map is a must and it is usually worth while to
get an up to date guide book if you plan to visit regions not covered by
your own research. Also bear in mind the Ireland is in principle a bilingual nation so you will see road signs in both
English and Irish (Gaelic).
For those of you from countries where people drive on the right it is worth remembering that in
Ireland people drive on the left and it takes a bit of getting used too. Also bear in mind that many
of the rental cars are manual gearshifts so if you prefer automatic cars make sure to specify when renting.
Clares main towns are connect by regular
bus services and there is
station in Ennis. The only public transport too and from Shannon airport are