Ireland is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. It is a feisty and twinkling country with great attraction and landscape, while its cities are historical and keep endless tales of diversity. It has castles, rolling green hills, beautiful cliffs, and friendly locals. While the different cities are filled with entertainment and a popular spot for tourists, it is only a part of what the country has to offer. When you have enough time to explore Ireland, a road trip is a great way to discover the areas that cannot easily be accessed by public transport. The ride will be magical, filled with history, wonder, and fun.
Dublin to Galway
Every road trip in Ireland should always start and end in the capital city of Dublin. If you’re going to be based in Dublin for any length of time, have a look at Short Term Renting for some great deals on holiday apartment rentals. Make sure you leave enough time before road trip to explore the city. You can take a walk through the crowd of tourists in O’Connell Street and have a few drinks in its commercialized, yet historic Temple Bar. Don’t miss the chance to see the Guinness Storehouse for tastings and a quick tour, and then head to the historic Trinity College.
After spending some time in Dublin, it’s time to get behind the wheel and take a tour across the country. Along the way, you will be seeing impressive fortresses and romantic castles to Galway. You can have your first stop at the Martello Tower, the home of the popular novelist James Joyce. Before reaching your destination, take another stop at the Athenry Castle- a walled medieval town.
If you happen to be in the southern part of Ireland, take a road trip to Waterford. This is the country’s oldest city and it is here you will find many historic relics. It also has the impressive Reginald’s Tower that was built in the 12th century. This tower has now turned into a museum with interesting displays. Then, have a stop at some of its famous churches such as the Holy Trinity Cathedral (with 10 Waterford Crystal chandeliers) and Christ Church Cathedral (look for the macabre tomb of James Rice).
Ring of Kerry
This one is in the southwest part of the country and provides a lovely backdrop for a road trip. It has stunning mountains, coastline, and lakes. Passing this route will leave you awe-struck. You can drive from Killarney going to Killorglin and visit St. Mary’s Cathedral. If you have ample time, you can stop by at Killorglin’s 3-day Puck fair in August and be a part of a horse fair or be entertained by the street performers.
Belfast to Londonderry
A road trip to the north part of the country is equally exciting. You can spend a few days in the city of Belfast before you head out to the Causeway Coastal Route. Follow the giant footsteps of Finn McCool, a mythical man and see the famous Giant’s Causeway. Allegedly, this stair was built by McCool to defeat his Scottish rival Benandonner. It is comprised of 40,000 basalt columns in hexagonal shape and formed by cooling lava for over 60 million years ago. Another worth-stopping sight is the Carrick-a-rede- Rope Bridge that measures 20m-long to the Carrick Island where the ruins of Dunluce Castle can be found.
If you want to have a road trip in the countryside, then the Trim, which is only an hour outside Dublin is the perfect destination. It is very quiet here without the pubs and other forms of entertainment, only history. One of the major landmarks here is the Trim Castle which was once the largest fortification of Ireland and the location of the movie Braveheart. You can take a walk and visit the ruins of the town’s abbeys, gates, cathedrals, and friary.
Whether the purpose of your visit is to look for some big city lights and exciting entertainment or to have some peace of mind while staying in the countryside, Ireland simply has it. With good road conditions and a great deals for car rental, you can hit the road. Ireland is a country that is best appreciated when explored on the road. Make sure that you have enough spare time for some road trips not just to learn more about the country and its culture, but to immerse yourself in the beauty of Ireland.