Smart Phone Apps for Your Irish Road Trip
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Smart phone apps have changed how we travel. The best apps add new dimension to the classic road trip by putting up to date information at our fingertips, allowing us to contact businesses in just one-tap, making it easy to share our finds, and using our location to help us discover new places.
Here’s a list of 11 must-have apps for touring Ireland:
|Great Drives: The Irish Times and Bob Montgomery invite you to explore their remarkable island with 20 of Ireland’s best drives. Each adventure includes a detailed description and a route map that is interactive when there is a data connection and stationary when there is not. â€“ Apple & Android / FREE|
|B&B Ireland: 1,100 of Ireland’s Bed and Breakfast accommodations are now available on the iPhone. The B&B Ireland App not only makes it easy to browse properties while on the road, the “B&Bs Near Me” feature finds nearby lodging and makes it easy to contact hosts directly from the app. â€“ Apple / FREE|
|Ireland Discount Guide: Published by Heritage Island, complete information on 95 of Ireland’s best attractions are now available on your phone. Best of all, each site offers lets you claim a discount by simply showing your phone. â€“ Apple / FREE|
|Google Maps: With turn-by-turn directions and Street View, this app not only gets you to your destination, it gives you a photographic peek at your route and destination before you hit the road. â€“ Apple & Android / FREE|
|Find Your Perfect Festival: No matter where you go, find out what’s going on using Discover Ireland’s calendar-based app. To make sure you don’t miss anything, the app can automatically add events to your calendar. â€“ Apple & Android / FREE|
|My Irish Guide: Your Route, Your Way, Your Guide. Explore the top five scenic routes in Ireland and a guided walking tour of Dublin City. Routes and stories carefully selected and narrated by Stephen Place, Dubliner. â€“ Apple & Android / FREE|
|Ireland Green Guide: Focused on things to do, places to stay, tours to book, food to eat, and places to find crafts that keep sustainability in mind, author Catherine Mack has handpicked over 160 eco-friendly attractions. The app comes pre-loaded with maps and contact info for each listing. â€“ Apple & Android / $2.99|
|Ireland: Are We There Yet?: If you’ll have kids in the car, you’ll want this app. Ann Behony has compiled an island-wide list of great places to take the family. The app comes stacked with a scavenger hunt and picture bingo, and if you’ve got a data connection, there’s even a song to be played for every county. â€“ Apple & Android / $2.99|
|Your Daily Adventure Ireland: Loaded with hundreds of attractions throughout Ireland, this app lets you find sites nearby, view maps, add bookmark, and share your favorites. It’s real road trip value shines in it’s extensive details on opening times, admissions, and contact details. â€“ Apple / $1.99|
|Ireland Travel Kit: If it’s Ireland’s offbeat and unique you seek, this app specializes in often-missed destinations. Over 425 featured places and 150 “picks” from Irish travel experts and enthusiasts make this app a valuable resource for finding everything from castles to farmers markets to fairy forts. â€“ Apple / $1.99|
|Lonely Planet - Dublin & Ireland: Packed with the destination, food, and accommodation info Lonely Planet is known for, these two guides allow users to find places and activities nearby and save them to their “Favourites.” â€“ Apple / $3.99 (Dublin) & $9.99 (Ireland)|
Remember, most apps listed here require a data connection, so review your phone’s data plan for the regions you intend to visit before you travel to assure you have coverage and do not incur expensive data roaming charges.