I love finding little things that help me plan my next trip to Ireland. Today I started mapping routes on My Discover Ireland… it’s kind of like a Google Maps, but it has the added bonus of helping find places to see in Ireland.
Here’s how it works…
1. Type in a starting point and an ending point,.
2. Click “Get Directions.”
5. You can click on points of interest to see a photo, get the name of the stop, and add it to your route.
6. My Discover Ireland also gives you a list of turn-by-turn directions.
7. To share your map with friends, click “Link/Embed” or use the social media icons.
8. My Discover Ireland offers several ways to share your map through popular social media options or good old fashioned links and embeds for your website or blog.
The site is wonderfully easy to use, and I found some interesting places in the Republic and Northern Ireland while just playing around with it. It doesn’t offer the more robust route-planning features you might find using a maps-only service like Google Maps, but I like how it automatically adds potential stops and their relationship to my route.
Although there’s definitely room for more points of interest to be added, there’s a nice combination of attractions listed. I found myself searching for a bit of Tipperary history when I spotted the Famine Warhouse in Ballingarry on my proposed route… who knew I had been so close all these years and never knew what happened nearby. I’d like to see more links to additional information along with the photos, but the suggestions gave me the details I needed to search for more info on my own.
The routes I had calculated were reliable and made good suggestions, but it shouldn’t replace a physical map or a GPS unit. Like Google Maps and AA Roadwatch, the drive times are a bit speedy. It’ll likely take the average tourist about 20% longer to reach their destinations; so don’t try planning a minute-by-minute itinerary with it (that’s no way to explore Ireland anyway). The site worked great on my laptop and tablet, but it didn’t work on the iPhone.
While you’re on the site, I would recommend reading their blog. The link is in the upper right, and it includes several Irish travel-specific posts… like driving Dublin’s M50 toll road, when to visit, and free attractions.