The quaint island of Ireland may be small but it’s packed with stunning scenery and beautiful locations to see on your road trip. You’ll love the destinations, and are unlikely to ever get bored with the view on your way around the isle, as you drive past the rolling hills and green fields. In this blog we'll be giving you 7 gorgeous places to visit on your road trip around Ireland. You will soon see that it is called the ‘Emerald Isle' for a good reason!
Visit the Giant’s Causeway (The Antrim Coast)
Up in the very north of the island you’ll find the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see. To get there you can drive up the stunning Antrim Coast which winds itself all the way to your destination and rest assured, you will see great scenes of cliffs and the sea as you make your way there and will understand why this was the area where HBO decided to film its famous TV series Game of Thrones. Once you reach the Giant’s Causeway you’ll find a strange and unique landscape of large, rock columns stretching across the coast, which Irish legend tells is the remains of a road across the sea built by a giant going to fight his foe in Scotland. You should definitely make some time to visit on your Ireland road trip!
Visit the Cliffs of Moher
Of the places to see in Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher are a very popular choice. Out in the west of Ireland in County Clare are the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most popular locations famous for the views it gives you across the ocean as well as sweeping cliffs as far as the eye can see, this part of the island is home to some of the last remaining areas of untamed and rugged countryside. Feel dizzy walking along the tops of the cliffs or feel awed walking along the beach looking up. Either way, just look out for that wind coming across the Atlantic, it’s fierce!
Visit the Ring of Kerry
You run out of adjectives to describe the Ring of Kerry. This phenomenal place isn’t so much a fixed point as a whole area of County Kerry right down in the south of Ireland. It’s perfect for roadtrippers as you can drive all around it, taking the whole thing in behind the wheel, before stepping out and experiencing a wide range of activities like golf, cycling, water-sports, horse-riding and the very best fishing in freshwater rivers for salmon, trout, tuna and more! There’s a whole load of Irish B&Bs to let you experience Irish hospitality for yourself, although that depends on if you can understand the accent! You won't regret stopping by during your Ireland road trip.
Visit Gweedore (County Donegal)
Named ‘coolest place on the planet’ by National Geographic, you don’t want to miss out on Donegal on your road trip through Ireland. Its coastline is gorgeous even on the greyest of days and the rolling brown peat bogs of Donegal, overlooked by stony Mt.Errigal, give the land an ancient feeling just waiting to be explored in your motorhome. Head up to the town of Gweedore, it’s the largest area of Irish-speakers in the whole of Ireland. Enjoy a pint (or two!) of Guinness in a cozy, wooden pub by the sea and soak in the sounds of the Gaelic language and experience this wee pocket of pure Irish culture tucked away in the north and feel a world away from home!
The Dingle Peninsula is a vast and beautiful part of Ireland, located on its southwest Atlantic coast that is full of beautiful sandy beaches and picturesque nature and cliffs. Some must see's in the area are Dingle Bay, a beautiful bay where you can catch dolphins if you're lucky, Gallarus Oratory, which is an ancient stone chapel renowned for its architectural impact or ,for example, Mount Brandon, which is the destination to many hikers, cyclists and even pilgrims.
The Skellig islands are two small, rocky islands off the coast of Iveragh Peninsula. Skellig Michael - the Great Skellig and the Little Skellig are located in the centre of one of the most famous bird watching areas is the country. You can find an early Christian monastery on Skellig Michael, that is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Killarney National Park
This is the oldest national in park in all of Ireland! It spreads out on a land of over 100 kilometres squared and is home to numerous flora and fauna species and diverse ecology. If you are lucky, you may be able to spot a red deer, as this is the only place on mainland Ireland where this species is found. The Killarney National Park is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and is part of a Special Area of Conservation. We highly recommend a trip to this wonderful oasis!
What do you think about our top picks? Is there anything you would add as a must see during your road trip around Ireland? If you've been inspired by this blog, rent a van at Goboony and get going on your next big adventure!