How To Road Trip Around Ireland

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Ireland, the land of the leprechauns, the home of Guinness, and where you’ll find good craic. Not only is Ireland beautiful and with lots to see, if you look into renting a car in Ireland you could visit the best parts in one holiday and see it all. Just make sure you pack for all weathers as you could get a lot of rain or basking in the glorious sunshine. So get the car packed, set the sat nav up and get going. There are loads of routes you can look up and itineraries to follow, so here’s an idea of one you could try or use this as inspiration to make your own:

Dublin to Wicklow

Starting off in Dublin visit Temple Bar, the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle, the Book of Kells and even visit the leprechaun museum. Then jump in the car and take a beautiful scenic one hour drive to Wicklow.


Wicklow to Kilkenny

More relaxing than Dublin, visit the Wicklow’s magical garden and the Wicklow Mountains, National Park. Take it easy and really soak in up the atmosphere. 


Kilkenny – Kinsale

Here, you’ll find Kilkenny Castle and St Canice’s Cathedral; you can also have The Ultimate Hurling Experience and taste of the oldest ale in the land at the Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny! 


Kinsale – Killarney

Home to the iconic striped lighthouse, Kinsale is somewhere you can enjoy scenic walks by the water as well as the bars, restaurants and cafes in the picturesque town. 


Killarney – Galway

With the Ring of Kerry and Killarney National Park, you can enjoy some beautiful walks and fantastic scenery.


Galway – Clifden

In the city of Galway, you’ll find music, art, festivals, horse racing, literature and some fantastic food, bars and traditional pubs. 


Clifden – Donegal town

Clifden is a picturesque market town which you will find between the Twelve Bens mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a lovely little place with plenty to offer from its history to its activities. 


Donegal – Derry 

Head to the town of Bundoran in County Donegal with your surfboard, and if you go in June, you’ll catch the Sea Sessions Music Festival too. 


Derry – Giant Causeway

Next head to the Walled City of Derry~Londonderry, the only remaining fully walled city in Ireland which you can reach by foot. So, enjoy a walking tour and visit the Museum of Free Derry.


Giant Causeway – Dublin

Finally, before you head back to Dublin, check out the Giant’s Causeway. An astounding area of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the Giant’s Causeway is known as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom. It gets its name because, according to legend, the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant; however, according to more boring people, they are the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption.


Finally, you’ll be back in Dublin. There are other things you’ll find along your way and depending on how much time you have; then you can decide how much time you spend in each place.

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