Gareth wrote:GTR1400MAN wrote:go across the water to Europe and the roads are like smooth billiard tables for mile after mile.
I wish that'd been my experience in Ireland but, sadly, it was not.
Ireland have had massive investment in their roads in recent years and, as long as you stay on the major routes, you'll be treated to some of the best roads in the world. The trouble starts once you leave these roads for some of the local ones. Get off the ferry at Wexford and take the N25 to Cork or fork off to the N72 to Killarney at Dungarvan and you'll be in for a treat - not so good if you stray too far from the main roads though.
I think there's a difference between the occasional driving we may do abroad as a tourist and that which we do in the UK as a local. It also depends on how near you are to major road infrastructure. North Bristol is always going to be much better than West Dorset, for example. Sorry if that offends, but it's a fact.