The Most Interesting Roads In Ireland
Planning A Summer Drive
Having done my fair share of travelling around Ireland, I came up with a list of the most interesting roads that will entice you to make the journey for yourselves and experience the beauty the country has to offer. The list provides routes near and far depending on where you live in Ireland to allow you to explore all corners of the country. Each of the roadways provides its own unique sights and landmarks that can only be seen to be believed. All the destinations provide their own individual scenery which doesn’t have to be explored by car alone as well as alternative activities to enjoy.
The Causeway Coast
The first trip I would recommend is heading north along the Causeway Coast. The journey from Ballycastle to Portrush is only 35km but provides many things to see and do along its coastal route. The Giants Causeway would be the main attraction with its many thousands of basalt formations scattered across the landscape making it one of a kind. If you can hold your nerve then the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge to Carrick Island is a thrill seeker’s dream. Finally the Dunluce Castle stands tall on its cliff face enriched with history. If this isn’t enough then the Titanic exhibit is on show all year round in Belfast.
The Ring of Kerry
Travelling down south to the Ring of Kerry provides a 200km journey that guides the driver around the county to take in its spectacular lakes, rivers, mountains and beaches. Within the loop is the Killarney National Park and The Gap of Dunlop. The Gap of Dunlop grants the visitor the option of hiking as well as a boat ride through the Lakes of the National Park leading on to Ross’ Castle. Finishing off the journey in the vibrant town of Killarney is a must, where the people are friendly and the many restaurants and pubs providing excellent food and entertainment.
Wexford to Waterford
Closer to the capital is the 95km trip from Wexford to Waterford. The Ring of Hook takes you to Hook Head where the lighthouse from the 13th century still functions today. This route continues to Ballyhack, where its castle dominates the town and lastly crossing by ferry onto Waterford to the town of Crook that Strongbow himself captured.
The Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way from Sligo through to Donegal is another route worth taking. In June, there is the Sea Sessions festival in Bundoran for music lovers and it also boasts one of the main destinations for surfers and other water sport enthusiasts to visit in Ireland. Head on up to the Slieve League Cliffs, rumoured to be the biggest marine cliffs in Europe, and venturing from the car park allows you to really take in your surroundings. The most northerly point of Ireland, Malin Head, awaits you where once the people of Ireland waved goodbye to relatives leaving for a new life in America.
The Burren Drive
The final road is that in the west of Ireland. County Clare provides many sites within the Burren Drive such as the Ailwee Caves and the Poulnabrone dolmen. The Cliffs of Moher is the end product with its jaw dropping views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Before you set out on your travels remember that car insurance is vital on such journeys in case you breakdown or damages incur to your vehicle whilst on the road. Even the simplest of things such as taking your bike with you to cycle along any of the routes mentioned above may end up damaging your car whilst being transported on the roof rack.
Before you leave for any of these destinations don’t forget to consider your home insurance policy too and make sure you are protected in case any accidents happen whilst you are on your travels.