Ireland isn’t known as the ‘emerald isle’ for nothing. With its rolling hills and endless green, its glorious scenery welcomes hundred of thousands of tourists every year. There are countless road trips to be enjoyed and hundreds of miles of stunning scenery to explore! Here are just a few of the best Ireland road trips for you to choose from when planning a visit to beautiful Ireland!
Located only 45 minutes from the Dundrum Town Centre are the beautiful sights of Wicklow Mountains National Park. This stunning spot is filled with natural wonders, such as the River Liffey and Glenmacnass Waterfall. Lough Tay is one of the most photographed spots in Wicklow, while standing at 501 metres is the Great Sugar Loaf, which is the 404th–highest peak in Ireland.
Omey Island and Connemara’s Sky Road
Omey Island is the real jewel in the Aughrus Peninsula’s crown. You can reach it by driving across a sandy causeway – although sometimes it may not always be ‘open’ so check before heading out. The Sky Road is a stunning 15km loop that takes you down to the Connemara coastline. From there you’ll be able to see the likes of Inishturk and Twelve Bens.
Nestled into Donegal is the Fanad Peninsula, which features the Inishowen 100 and the Slieve League. Many also believe it is home to the best beach in the country at Portsalon. Be sure to take a moment and stop at Ballymastocker Bay which is home to some eye-popping views.
Wild Atlantic Way
You certainly won’t be short of things to see on the Wild Atlantic Way, which extends up to 2,500km. Two of the most popular spots are Achill Island, which runs for around 19km, and the rather isolated Currane Peninsula. Be sure to also stop in at colourful Kinvara and of course, the ruggedly beautiful Cliffs of Moher!
Ring of Beara
The Ring of Kerry remains one of the most popular tourist routes in the whole of Ireland. On the south side you’ll find Beara, which features a cable car that lets you journey over part of the Atlantic to Dursey Island. Ireland’s biggest white fish port, Castletownbere, is also located in the region. And if you feel up to it, try out the Healy Pass, which is a mountain pass situated at 1,095 ft. above sea level.
Before you head off, give a thought to financing your road trip. You’ll need to cover fuel costs and make sure you have all the in-car essentials you need for the journey. If you’re staying overnight, then factor in those costs too, as well as plenty of delicious food!
If funds are short, you may consider taking out a short-term loan for the trip, although be sure to do your research beforehand.
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