If there is one thing I love, it is exploring the wonderful island that is the Emerald Isle. This year, I tried to do my best in seeing more of what this country has to offer – and I wasn’t disappointed! From places like the Cuilcagh Mountain Walk to the simple drive that is Loop Head in Clare, I was left in awe all year of the wonder of Ireland and it’s beauty. Going on a good old fashion Irish roadtrip is my idea of a perfect weekend.
The island as a whole is relatively small when put into perspective with other countries. We really have no excuse not to go and see more of the wonderful beaches, mountains and scenery. Why not make 2018 the year you are going to explore & see more of what it has to offer? I know this year I made a bigger effort to see more of Ireland and I won’t be slowing down any time soon in the year to come!
Whether you are driving non-stop, or taking breaks in elegant little towns along the way, the choice is all yours. If it is inspiration you are looking for, why not consider these three amazing Irish roadtrips?
Ring Of Kerry
Distance: 180km (Killarney to Killarney).
This is one of the most renown Irish Roadtrips so I couldn’t help but begin here. Beginning and ending in Killarney, the Ring of Kerry drive is one of Ireland’s most magical journeys along the wild atlantic way. A perfect combination of ocean, islands, mountains towns and villages makes it an exciting journey with new sights around every corner. Make sure you stop in towns such as Cahersiveen near Valencia Island (a town in the Region of Skellig Kerry) to grab lunch and take in the sights.
The Causeway Coast
Distance: 100km (Derry to Ballycastle).
The journey from Derry to Coleraine can undoubtedly be considered as one of the most beautiful on earth. With sights such as the Giant’s Causeway and dram of Bushmills this Irish roadtrip isn’t one to disappoint. It has grown in popularity in recent years with ‘The Dark Hedges’ that are featured in Game of Thrones becoming a popular tourist attraction. Ballintoy’s Fullerton Arms is home to one of 10 Game of Thrones doors carved from fallen trees at the Dark Hedges. Throw in sights such as the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and you have a roadtrip that will make memories to last a lifetime! If you don’t want to fun to end after your day of adventures you can always set up camp in Belfast for a night on the town.
The Burren Loop
Distance: 70km (Kinvara to Lahinch).
The Burren is one of the most famous areas in County Clare. Get your Irish Roadtrip started by cruising around the Burren National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of the most dramatic and unique landscapes in the world. Discover the vast areas of karstic limestone and the beach at Fanore (the Cliffs of Moher are an option too). As poet Seamus Heaney once put it, The Burren will “catch the heart off guard and blow it open”.
An Irish Roadtrip really is like no other in the world. The landscape here on a beautiful day is unmatched, and the people along the way are even better! If you are looking for a car hire I would recommend Easy Terra. They compare the prices from companies such as Avis, Hertz, Europcar and more ensuring you get the best price. There are no booking fees, free cancellation so they have a bit of wiggle room as well. They are similar to Trivago, but for car hire!
Do you like going on roadtrips? Are these places somewhere you would like to try?