From north to south, you can cross the island of Ireland in seven hours. But what’s so funny about that? Keep reading and discover two routes to make an unforgettable road trip. These tours will take you down winding roads that will allow you to discover Ireland and its most incredible scenarios.
Both routes are perfect for nature lovers. And for those who like to drive, of course. We recommend you stop as much as you can, since each stop along the way will provide you with a divine postcard.
one. Discover Ireland following the causeway coast route
This route to discover Ireland is considered by many to be one of the five best road routes in the world. Runs from Belfast Lough to Londonberry and passes through spectacular coastal settings, with cliffs and lush nature.
The length of the route is about 200 kilometers, so it can be done in one day. However, we recommend you dedicate several days to make the most of the trip.
First stop: Carrickfergus
The first stop on the route is Carrickfergus, a major coastal town. Ireland’s oldest and most famous Norman castle is located here. It dates from the 12th century.
Second stop: Glenariff
Then head to Glenarm. This area is known for the fairies and legends that surround its forests. On the coast you’ll find Glenariff, with its cliffs and large harbour, known as the Queen of the Glens.
Third stop: Cushendun
If you have time, we recommend making a stop in Cushendun, a typical small town in the area, before reaching Ballycastle. Go down the coast road, as it has one of the most impressive views in the whole country.
If you are a fan of Game of Thronesstop by the 400 million year old caves of Cushendun. It is the place where the birth of Melisandre’s shadow baby was recorded.
The star of the route: the Giant’s Causeway
The next stop on the route is the most famous of all. The Giants Causeway has become the symbol of the region and attracts many tourists from all over the world.
close to the road you can admire the tapestry of more than 40,000 basalt blocks. They were formed 60 million years ago and are hexagonal in shape. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an unforgettable setting.
Fourth stop: Bushmills
Later, in Bushmills, you’ll find the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery. It’s from 1608! In addition, it is the only one in all of Ireland that can be visited by the public.
Fifth stop: Portrush and Portstewart
After passing the majestic Dunluce Castle, continue on to Portrush and Portstewart. If you want to rest, stop in these holiday cities and enjoy their beaches and leisure activities. From there, head to Limavady.
Sixth stop: on the way to Limavady
Head towards Limavady via Castlerock. on that road, stop to take a look at the Mussenden temple of Downhill Housebuilt on the edge of a cliff.
the end of the road
Later, down to Downhill and Benone. There, you will discover solitary beaches of great length. This is the final stretch of the route and it already heads away from the coast to reach Derry, where it ends.
“It is the journey and not the arrival at the destination that matters.”
2. The Ring of Kerry
Another way to discover Ireland is this circular route, which passes through the very heart of County Kerry. Also can be done in a day, but better savor the sights and take your time.
Then, we give you a list of the stops on the route and some information about them:
- Killarney: Enjoy the good food, festivals and friendly atmosphere of this vibrant city.
- Killorglin: you will see a statue of a goat on a rock. This is King Puck. And it is that every year they crown a mountain goat as king and celebrate it for days. The festival is known as Puck Fair and dates back to the 17th century. It is celebrated at the beginning of August.
- glenbeigh and the endless beach of Rossbeigh Strand.
- Waterville, one of Chaplin’s favorite vacation destinations.
- Moll’s Gap
These are two fabulous routes that will allow you to discover Ireland and all its beauty. They can be easily done in one or two days, so they are perfect to disconnect from the daily routine.