From Coast to City: An Irish Road Trip

An Irish road trip has to be one of the best road trips. It won’t be on the sheer length of Route 66 or have the majesty of the Oregon trail or the trail followed by the Pony Express in the US. However. it arguably has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. It also has some of the best roads - the winding countryside roads are like no other.

And then there's the beautiful, quintessential Irish villages, the beautiful people, and, well… just...everything.

Below, I will inspire you for the perfect Irish road trip from coast to city.

The Wild Atlantic Way

It's one of the best drives if you have the time, although stretching over 1,600 miles, you do need the time. It's perfect if you're planning to spend longer than one week in Ireland, but it's well worth it.

You can start at different points, but I'd recommend the wind-swept cliffs of Donegal - it's beautiful. You'll then drive through Sligo and Mayo - the scenery is incredible here. Then you'll pass near the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare – they're iconic areas and well worth a visit.

That's just a fraction of the trip. Google the Wild Atlantic Way road trip, and you'll find the exact routes.

The Ancient East

Now to Ireland's Ancient East, another great route.

It's perfect if you love the historical and mediaeval side of Ireland - the towns and ancient ruins are hundreds of years old. There are places where the local history can be traced back thousands of years.

The historic Boyne Valley in County Meath is home to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Newgrange. Or you can stop off for a walk through the charming streets of Kilkenny and see the castle. We'd also recommend the Wicklow Mountains, known as the 'Garden of Ireland'. They're breathtaking.

The Southern Trail

The South of Ireland is possibly the best, although that will be for debate. The southern road trail takes you through some of Ireland's most picturesque landscapes. And there are incredible coastal views and gourmet experiences.

You can start your journey by travelling to Cork. Cork is actually worth staying in for a night - it's so beautiful. You can find beautiful accommodation at

Then you can drive along the coast to Kinsale. If you love food, you'll love it there. The seafood overlooking the harbour is some of the best you'll ever have.

You can then head to the serene Beara Peninsula and the breathtaking views of Bantry Bay. This route is a feast for the senses in every way.

The Heart of Ireland

Of course, you can't go to Ireland without going to the heart of it.

Drive along the River Shannon and discover quintessential Irish villages Athlone and Killaloe. Make sure you visit the tranquil Lough Derg - it's the perfect spot for a peaceful afternoon by the water. Or there's the unique landscape of the Burren in County Clare. The botanical gardens are amazing.

These hidden gems in the heart of Ireland are a peaceful escape from the usual tourist trails.

An Irish road trip will be unforgettable. Ireland's roads are so easy to drive on, and some of them feel like they'll never end. They're easy to navigate unless you lose signal in the middle of nowhere. It's good to take a trusty map...and learn how to read one!

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