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Question Travelling in Ireland. SatNav?

I'm considering a trip to the Republic in May of this year (ferry to Belfast then Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Limerick, back to Dublin).

I've provisionally booked accommodation, but there are no postcodes used, just coordinates. I've not yet used my SatNav in GPS mode. Anybody done this? How did you get on?
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Re: Travelling in Ireland. SatNav?

Spent 2 months locating gas tanks using coordinates all over republic recently. Extremely accurate and will give you no problems. Make sure your maps recent as a lot of new roads opened recently. Enjoy your trip
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Re: Travelling in Ireland. SatNav?

That's a handy run, all motorways with plenty of turn offs for a quick stroll. Pretty well signposted compared to 5 years ago too.

GPS co-ordinates work very well, if you want to plan that first and go from there

You'll be fine
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Re: Travelling in Ireland. SatNav?

Thanks guys. Really looking forward to the trip.
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Re: Travelling in Ireland. SatNav?

In the unlikely event that you run into trouble - you know how to get in touch

Heading South from Belfast to Dublin it's very easy to miss the exit for Dublin and end up miles to the West before getting a chance to double back.

Signposting is better now although in some remote areas the older distances in miles instead of km can be found so the distance to your destination can seem to be increasing the closer you get. Did I mention the signs that were turned around during the war to confuse invaders. Well some haven't been put back
When or if asking for directions be prepared for ' I wouldn't start from here' and ' If you see a big red shed you've gone the wrong way' .
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In the unlikely event that you run into trouble - you know how to get in touch

Heading South from Belfast to Dublin it's very easy to miss the exit for Dublin and end up miles to the West before getting a chance to double back.

Signposting is better now although in some remote areas the older distances in miles instead of km can be found so the distance to your destination can seem to be increasing the closer you get. Did I mention the signs that were turned around during the war to confuse invaders. Well some haven't been put back
When or if asking for directions be prepared for ' I wouldn't start from here' and ' If you see a big red shed you've gone the wrong way' .

HaHa Brendan. I asked for directions in Carrigtwohill once and was told turn left at my house. Drove off thinking bollix until I came to a pub in the village called "My House"
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Re: Travelling in Ireland. SatNav?

You couldn't make it up.
Is there a list somewhere with the co-ordinates of all the pubs ?
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Re: Travelling in Ireland. SatNav?

That's a relatively easy route. You shouldn't really need satnav for that. We did the Belfast to Kilkenny with a day trip down to Cork portion of that last year. Probably will do the same again this year. Kids enjoyed it so much.

And what's wrong with 'if you see a big red shed, you've gone the wrong way' - I thought that was how everyone gave directions?
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Re: Travelling in Ireland. SatNav?

ROI is fantastic and very easy to navigate around, we visit every year and I generally just use google maps to get from place to place.
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Re: Travelling in Ireland. SatNav?

I'll agree with the easy navigation. All you need to know is that the M1 heads to Dublin, M9 to Kilkenny, M8 to Cork, N20 direct to Limerick or the coast road, and then you can either do M7 back to Dublin or do the West coast up the way. Sign posts are good and they nearly all have the road numbers on them.
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