Road Trip in Ireland
It probably goes without saying for you now that Ireland is host to The Wild Atlantic Way, another of the world’s finest road excursions. The amazing options for road trips we have listed here will entice you to spend this summer exploring this wonderful nation on the go. Take a look at what we have selected for you!
The Beara Peninsula is number one.
A summer road trip to West Cork’s Beara Peninsula is a terrific idea. The route is roughly 128 kilometers long and takes around 3 hours to complete, beginning in the hamlet of Glengarrif and finishing in the thriving town of Kenmare. Spend at least a full day to see what it has to show, including the numerous beautiful communities, cottages, cove beaches, and the country’s sole cable car.
From the city of Dublin to the Wicklow Mountains
Travel south of Dublin to the hamlet of Bray, then north to Enniskerry on the R117, taking in the vistas of the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain standing high on the horizon.
Before resuming your trip to Glencree along with the Military Road (R115), that rises to the spectacular Sally Gap, don’t forget the beautiful Italian lawns and Ireland’s tallest waterfall at Powerscourt Estate.
The Ring of Kerry
Because of the gorgeous countryside, small villages, and active cities along the route, the Ring of Kerry has always been among our favorite road drives. The route is around 180 kilometers long, but it is best done over many days to allow time to stop and view all of the attractions. Because of the limited roads, it is advised that you drive in a clockwise orientation, especially when overseas tourists return. Tour buses move anti-clockwise.
Burren Coastal Road, Co Clare
Starting in Ballyvaughan, the route skirts Galway Bay and rises to the barren Black Head; stop at Murroughtoohy for stunning karst limestone sidewalks, a vast stretch of sea, and a somber backdrop.
Fanore Beach with its sand dunes is something else, followed by Doolin, which is known for folk songs and the boat to the Aran Islands. The magnificent Cliffs of Moher, located south of Doolin, are definitely worth seeing.
The Causeway Coast
The Causeway Coast is one of Ireland’s greatest road excursions, and it will take you to several of Northern Ireland’s most popular sights. The trip, which starts in Belfast and runs for 212 kilometers to Derry, is best accomplished over many days to fully enjoy it and to halt at a few of the wonderful views along the route, including the famed Giant’s Causeway.
Keem Bay, Achill Island to Leenane, Connemara via Doolough Valley
The route from Keem Bay on Achill Island to Leenane in Connemara is one of Ireland’s most gorgeous and makes for a fantastic summer road trip. The journey is 115 kilometers long and is best appreciated when visiting Mayo or Galway. Make a point of stopping in Keem Bay after a day at the seaside, what Lonely Planet rated Ireland’s greatest beach this year.
And if you want to learn Gaelic while you are there then remember this :
Gaelic has only eighteen letters in its alphabet, so no J, K, Q, V, W, X, Y or Z.