A 5 Step Plan To The Perfect Irish Road Trip
Besides dressing in green and donning your most outrageous pair of shamrock glasses while drinking a lovely pint of Guinness, we want you to know about all the other wonderful things there are to see and do in Ireland.
Here’s our quick guide to planning the perfect Irish road trip to help you get the most out of your holiday to the emerald isle. If you have not done so already, book a flight to Dublin and prepare for a holiday you will never forget!
1 Get out of Dublin
While Dublin is an amazing city to visit, there is so much more to Ireland than this lively, party-loving city. Our first advice for planning the perfect Irish road trip would be to get out of Dublin as soon as possible and head west to what is known in Ireland as the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’, the longest coastal driving route in the world. Just a few hours drive from Dublin will get you all the way to Donegal, the most northerly county in Ireland, the ideal place to begin your road trip.
2. Visit the Slieve League Cliffs
Much less touristy and far more spectacular than the Cliffs of Moher further south, the cliffs at Slieve League really are in a league of their own. A hike here will blow you away (figuratively speaking, although if you go too close the edge you really will get blown away!), with the cliffs said to be one of the highest sea cliffs in all of Europe. The area is also rich in flora and fauna, which means visiting in spring and late summer will mean you get to see the cliffs covered in beautiful purple flowers and you might even trip over a wild rabbit or two!
3. Go Surfing in Bundoran
Many people are unaware of the huge surfing scene present in the West of Ireland or that Ireland is in fact a very famous surfing location and home to some of the biggest waves in the world. If you are just a beginner, however, the small seaside town of Bundoran is the perfcet place to sign up for some surf lessons that will have you standing on your board and riding some waves in no time. The town also has a great selection of cute bars and restaurants so you are guaranteed a delicious feed after a long day in the ocean.
4. Cycle around Achill Island
Situated along the Wild Atlantic Way, Achill Island is one of the most beautiful and most accessible islands off the west coast of Ireland. Since the opening of the Mayo Greenway, a cycle trach that connects the town of Westport to Achill Island, cycling in this region has really taken off and become one of the most fun methods of transport to get to the island. One on Achill, you can visit the famous Keem Bay with it’s incredibly blue waters and crystal clear white sand. Other activities to do here include kayaking, surfing, adventure courses or coasteering along the rugged coastline.
5. Go island hopping in West Cork
If you are looking to get as far away from crowded tourist bars and sites as possible, the islands off the West coast of County Cork are the place to go. You can drive as far as Baltimore and get a ferry to either Sherkin, Cape Clear or Heir Island where you will find some of the most beautiful and deserted beaches in Ireland. On Cape Clear, you can attend a storytelling festival or learn to dance in the local community club. ON Sherkin you can go sailing or diving or learn how to fishing with local fishermen. The area is also known for its whale watching, and joining a tour from Baltimore is an experience you may never forget.