Car and Van hire in Roscommon
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Car & Van Rental at Roscommon
County Roscommon in West Ireland is home to medieval ruins and historical sites, including a castle and abbey in the town of Roscommon. This rural and remote region of Ireland was the homeland for monarchs of the Connachta dynasty that ruled parts of Ireland from the fourth century. Originally the site of a fifth century monastery, Roscommon is named for the woods near the religious site. These woods were known as Saint Coman’s Wood, or Ros Comáin. For anyone looking to explore the fascinating county of Roscommon, car hire services are available from our convenient location at nearby Athlone.
Our Vehicles for Hire in Roscommon
From compact hatchbacks to spacious people carriers, the modern fleet from Enterprise offers plenty of options for renting vehicles for your stay. You can choose from a range of comfortable rental cars for four or five people, or people carriers for up to nine passengers. We supply a selection of popular models, including the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Corsa and Insignia, Skoda Octavia and similar cars. You can also rent a luxurious premium vehicle to explore West Ireland in style, including Mercedes and Porsche models. Our SUVs provide additional flexibility in terms of space and power, and are particularly well suited for exploring more remote routes in and around Roscommon.
Attractions in Roscommon
Roscommon Castle is located just outside of the town. Now in ruins, the castle was built in the 13th century and was partially destroyed in the 17th century. Also on the outskirts of the town centre is Roscommon Abbey. Founded more than 750 years ago, the site is the final resting place of King Felim O’Connor of Connacht. Other attractions include Harrison Hall, a 17th century sessions house that features a classical cupola. Next to Harrison Hall is the County Museum and Tourist Office. Housed in a former Presbyterian church built in 1863, the limestone building houses exhibits and artefacts that help tell the town’s history. The Old Gaol is another highlight in the town centre. Built in 1736, the former prison is now a modern shopping centre. Sacred Heart Catholic Church’s 52-metre high spire overlooks the town. Completed in 1925, the impressive church is home to a replica of the Cross of Cong.
County Roscommon’s historic heritage houses are within easy each with your rental car. Clonalis House is the ancestral home of the O’Conor family, which included former rulers of Connaught. The current building dates from 1880 and is located west of Castlerea. The Mahon family owned the Georgian mansion at Strokestown, which included a six-acre garden and the National Famine Museum. Castlecoote House is an elegant building on the banks of the River Suck, while the 18th-century King House is in the heart of Boyle. By travelling in your hired car, you will be able to see these fantastic cultural properties while experiencing the lakes, mountains and other natural wonders.
Places to Visit Outside Roscommon
Sacred Heart Home is a former workhouse just outside Roscommon. A memorial to the Irish Famine is found outside of the historic building and honours the thousands of local people who died. Built in 1840, the workhouse itself was constructed in response to the increase in poverty and famine in the area. Roscommon had one of the highest death rates in Ireland during the great famine, and thousands came to the workhouse in search of help.
West of the town of Roscommon is Cloonfad, an area that symbolises rural life in Ireland. The rugged and quiet landscape offers plenty of walking routes to truly experience the best that West Ireland has to offer. Saint Patrick walked along the crest of Slieve Dart on his way to Croagh Patrick in County Mayo. Legend has it that the area was also a favourite hunting ground for the mythical Irish giant, Finn MacCool. Driving enthusiasts will enjoy tackling the trailheads in the region, including Derrylahan’s resource centre. From here, a trail passes through farmland and forests as well as stunning stretches of bog and mountains.
Airport Car Hire
Dublin Airport is Ireland’s main international gateway and the country’s busiest airport. If your first stop in Ireland is Dublin Airport, Enterprise offers convenient car hire services seven days a week from our branch at the airport. You will be able to start exploring the Emerald Isle shortly after your flight arrives, making the most of your time in Ireland. There is no need to wait for taxis or be at the mercy of bus schedules with a car rental. With an affordable Enterprise hire car, Roscommon is under two hours to the west of Dublin Airport, via the M5 and N63. Alternatively, you can travel via the M4 from the airport and continue along the M6 and N61 towards Roscommon.
Parking and Traffic Information in Roscommon
Roscommon is relatively off the beaten track when compared to other tourist destinations in Ireland. As a result, there is little traffic in the area and plenty of free parking options, too. Public car parks throughout County Roscommon are free, and on-street parking in all of the county’s towns is also free.
Cheap Van and Car Hire
With rental branches across the county, Enterprise offers cheap car hire from convenient, accessible locations. Our large fleet of new vehicles includes great value economy and compact cars, sporty SUVs and spacious people carriers. Whether you need a vehicle for a single day or longer, Enterprise Rent-A-Car has the perfect car to suit your needs. Book online from our Roscommon branch to guarantee your choice of vehicle at the best possible price.
Moving house or just moving furniture? Enterprise has you covered with a range of vans from our Roscommon branch. From smaller passenger vans to larger commercial vans, book online from our van hire page to reserve your perfect vehicle at an unbeatable price.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will I be allowed to cross into bordering countries?
The essential items you will need to bring to an Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch when hiring a vehicle are a valid drivers licence, valid ID, and a credit or debit card. You will also need to prove you are over 25 years of age, and there may be additional documentation required for international drivers. Learn more about what you need when hiring here.
- Do I need insurance to rent a car or van?
No. At Enterprise you don't need to purchase insurance as we provide a damage waiver within the cost of your hire. You can, of course, take option to purchase additional protection products to reduce the excess further to give you complete peace of mind. Visit our car hire insurance page for further details.
- How old do I need to be to hire a car or van?
All drivers must be a minimum of 25 years old. Only drivers over 30 years old may hire full-size MPVs, premium vehicles/exotic cars and Luton vans. Learn more about age requirements for hiring a vehicle here.
- What are the driver's licence requirements for car hire in the UK & Ireland?
All drivers must produce all parts of a valid driving licence. Non-EU licence holders are required to have an international driving permit if the licence is not in English. Domestic renters must produce photo id, passport or driving licence. International travellers must produce a passport, proof of return travel and residency information while in Ireland. Learn more about car hire driving licence requirements here.
- Can I hire a car with a debit card?
We accept payment by either a debit or credit card in the name of the renter. A credit card is required if you are renting a People Carrier, Compact Elite, SUV, Premium, Luxury or Executive vehicle. Learn more about our accepted card payment methods here.
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