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.