Navan is situated in the heart of County Meath, just off the M3 and tucked into the culturally rich valley of the river Boyne. For anyone launching a tour from Ireland, Navan serves as a perfect first stop. The region is host to some of Ireland's most famous tourist attractions, many of which are difficult to get to without a hire car in Ireland.
The Europcar Navan depot is located on Academy Street just off of R147 as it heads north into Navan town centre. Visitors often arrive in Navan by bus from Dublin. Bus Éireann departs hourly from Dublin for Navan, and it takes approximately one hour. Passengers are dropped at St Joseph's Mercy Convent, and from here it's less than a 10-minute walk to the Europcar depot. Maxol petrol station is just down the street from the Europcar office.
There are taxis available in Navan, but prices are high if you're planning anything more than a short commute from one side of town to the other. Given the number of high-profile tourist attractions in the surrounding area, a hire car is much handier and more affordable.
Visitors based in Navan may also want to visit Drogheda and Mullingar. Both are within easy driving distance and have worthwhile attractions of their own.
Drogheda(26km north-east of Navan along the N51)
Drogheda is perched on the river Boyne with a cluster of historic buildings at its centre. The town's pubs, restaurants and quaint lodges make it worth staying over a night or two. Those only visiting on a day trip will at least want to pay a visit to the cathedral and museum.
Mullingar (52 km south-west of Navan along the N1 and N52)
If Mullingar seems vaguely familiar, you may have come across it in James Joyces' work. Mullingar is one of the few places that Joyce visited outside of Dublin, and it features in both Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. Belvedere House Gardens and Park is the main attraction here.