Archive for 17th April 2015

Ireland’s Best Driving Routes


We have a climate that can best be described as the very epitome of indecisive. And that might often scupper plans for say, barbeques, or even holidays here. But we’re on a good run recently!

But, regardless of the weather, there’s no doubt that the Irish landscape is a thing of rare beauty. Whether it’s the rugged coastline to the west, hewn from the relentless march of the Atlantic Ocean, or the outstretched carpet of rolling green that dominates much of our landscape, Ireland has more than its fair share of breathtaking driving routes.

Here is just a small selection of some of our favorite routes for road-trips in Ireland.


The Burren, County Clare

Experience Ireland’s rugged Atlantic coast in all its glory with a north to south route along Clare’s shoreline. Drive along the world renowned Cliffs of Moher, some of the highest (and most spectacular) sea cliffs in Western Europe. From here, enjoy the panoramic view of the Aran Island. To explore more mountainous terrains, beautiful sea views and unspoilt valleys, drive through the Burren, a natural rock garden known for its exceptional fauna and flora.



The Causeway Coastal Route

The Causeway Coastal Route follows the shoreline between two historical cities, Belfast and Londonderry. Drive through some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland via the Glens of Antrim, an ancient volcanic area which has wrought the landscape with beautiful forest highlands and awesome sea cliffs.

Then, visit the Giant’s Causeway. With its iconic 40,000 basalt columns, it is a world famous site where one the most famous Irish myths of all has its roots. Drive inland through the village of Bushmills to visit the oldest working distillery in Ireland, before heading back towards the coast for a stop at Dunluce Caslte, with its spectacular location just above the sea cliffs.


Slieve Gullion Forest Park, County Armagh

The 10km drive around the slopes of Slieve Gullion offers visitors spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Take a rest in this beautifully preserved nature spot in the middle of an old volcanic area. At the top of the drive, visitors can hike to the summit of Slieve Gullion, the highest point in County Armagh, topped by two early Bronze Age cairns and a tiny lake


Ring of Kerry, County Kerry

The 179km Ring of Kerry is world-famous for its stunning lakes, mountains, seaside villages and incredible views. The road, which starts in Killarney, follows the contour of the land, offering spectacular and unforgettable panoramic views.  Stop off at Derrynane, one of Ireland most beautiful beaches, before moving onto Waterville, a quiet seaside village halfway round the Ring.

From deep forests with impressive waterfalls and beautiful lakes to the crashing waters of the Atlantic, the road contains one majestic landscape after another. A paradise for photographers and a must-see route for anyone visiting Ireland.



Sky Road, Clifden

Starting from Clifden, the capital of Connemara, the Sky Road is an 11km long circular route which takes visitors out west from Clifden. Drive along the Sky Road to follow one of the most beautiful rugged coastlines in Ireland and stop at the highest point of the road to enjoy a panoramic view of Clifden bay and its many islands.


Glendalough, County Wicklow

County Wicklow, known as the “Garden of Ireland”, shelters one the country’s most visited beauty spots, the Glendalough Valley. The “valley of the two lakes” is located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park and is renowned for its spectacular scenic lakes, green-valleys and abundance of wildlife. The place is also known for its archaeology and rich history, especially the world famous Monastic Site with Round Tower.


Rejuvenating Your Car (Part 1)

Spring Cleaning

Statistics might show that sales of new cars in Ireland are up an impressive 28% on this time last year, but there’s still plenty of people out there that don’t have the disposable income to splash out on a new motor.

And given that the comparatively low sales of new cars during the last number of years has resulted in a shortage of competitively priced second hand cars on the market at present, many of us won’t be getting a motoring upgrade anytime soon.

But here’s the thing – many cars built in the last 10 – 15 years can now go 200,000 to 300,000 miles if they are properly cared for. Your vehicle might feel old and run down, but if she’s still running there’s plenty of cost-effective ways you can utilise to galvanize the old motor.


Clean It

Wash Me

First things first, CLEAN YOUR Car! And, I’m not just talking about a half-hearted hovering of the interior either. Get rid of the accumulated clutter and rubbish, and then get yourself some shampoo / cleaning products for the carpet, upholstery and dashboard. There’s also a wide range of products available for giving your wheels a clean sheen.

Leather Care Cream

All Purpose Cleaner




Interior Styling

So, you bought the cleaning products and applied some much needed elbow grease. The car is already looking much improved. But cleaning will only go so far. It’s only natural that after years on the road the interior is also feeling the effects of wear and tear. Thankfully, it’s not going to cost an arm and a leg to revitalise that drab interior.

Floor Mats

Steering Wheel Cover

Gear Knob

Seat Covers



Just because your car doesn’t have the fancy mod-cons that are commonplace in a lot of mid-range vehicles today doesn’t mean you can’t install them in your aging motor. Start streaming your extensive music collection on Spotify through your phone with a Bluetooth enabled stereo system. Avoid penalty points with a hand-free kit. These additions don’t exactly transform your vehicle into a smart-car, but they do make practical improvements and enhance your driving experience.

Car Stereo System

Hands-free Kit



So, you have the interior spruced up. You have some new accessories on-board. Now it’s time to turn your attention to the exterior. Start by giving your headlamps a proper scrub, before moving onto the paint job. You’d be amazed what a difference this can make with some basic products and a little know how. If you have a little cash left over you could look at getting some new mud flaps or wheel trims.


Make Your Headlamps Shine Like New

Polish Your Car Like A Pro

Wheel Cleaning Product

Wheel Trims

Mud Flaps

Travelling Community to Escape Mobile Home Property Tax


The extension of property tax to holiday mobile homes will not affect the travelling community on the grounds that their residences are fitted with wheeled axles.

The Mobile tax extension due to be enacted later this year will be levelled on all permanent holiday mobile homes which are left in situ year round. A Fine Gael government spokesperson stated that all continental chalets across the European regions have been brought in line with property taxes since 2010 and the equivalent Irish model now needs to follow the EU directive.

Mary Connors a spokesperson for Pavee Point Travellers Association insisted that “the Travelling community are happy with the government’s decision to exempt their members from the burden of extra taxes in these hardened times”. She said it was hard enough to keep up with the new water charges and enforcement of the TV licences and was thrilled that the representations of their positions put forward through their local TDs had borne fruit.

Mr Jim Byrnes, Chairperson of The Irish Caravan & Camping Club came out strongly stating their members would not take this sitting down. Mr Byrnes said they were still fighting the enormous water levy’s put on their Caravan Sites and were doing everything possible to avoid passing on these charges to the site residences. He further stated vehemently that “concentration was quickly focused on them after the long hot summer of last year and now that life has been injected into their sites the government should leave them alone for now”.

The government spokesperson was making the point that they were spreading the costs in taxes to all sectors and that families with holiday residences can hardly say that they are the less well off. The spokesperson further added that was seen has fair and just that many people with continental apartments and chalets who were already paying taxes in those countries should not be penalised on their own.

Tara McAdam, the spokesperson for, when contacted in relation to the issue, expressed her full support for the exclusion of mobile homes from the property tax. “We’re tyred of the government’s endless attempts to roll out these stealth tax initiatives on Ireland’s road users. We’re delighted that motor homes and camper vans are included in the exemption applied for by the travelling community.”