Top Ireland Driving Routes 2020
From the blustery shores of the Wild Altantic Way, 5000 years of history in the Ancient East, music flowing out of traditional pubs, and movie locations that transport you to galaxies far away, Ireland is waiting to be explored.
For those ready to feel the warmth of Ireland but don’t know where to start, here are some of our top driving routes to connect you to all the magic that Ireland has to offer.
- The Wild Atlantic Way
- Ireland’s Ancient East
- The Causeway Coastal Route
- St Patrick’s Heritage Trail
- Game of Thrones Driving Route around Northern Ireland
- The famous Ring of Kerry
#1 The Wild Atlantic Way
Embark on an unmissable road trip along the Wild Atlantic Way. The world’s longest defined coastal touring route stretches 2500KM along Ireland’s Coastline from Kinsale harbour in Cork to the magical, undiscovered Irish speaking region of Donegal. From coasts, castles and everything in between, the Wild Atlantic Way will take you on an enchanting journey to the people and landscapes that make Ireland so special.
The route is built in stages, making it easy to dip and out depending on the length of your trip. Here is our 7-day itinerary but if you want a holiday that will take your breath away, we recommend at 14 day’s along this incredible route.
View the Wild Alantic Way Driving Route.
#2 Ireland’s Ancient East
A journey around Ireland’s Ancient East takes you on an immersive voyage back in time; from Celtic warriors to Colonial settlers, from the early Saints to eras of Lords. Feel yourself relax as you tour through the lush green landscape that has attracted people for thousands of years.
If you are ready to wander through 5000 years of history, it is all waiting to be discovered in the Ancient East.
#3 The Causeway Coastal Route
From an unspoiled coastline carved by giants to stunning valleys that have inspired writers and artists throughout time, Northern Ireland’s most famous driving route starts just minutes from Belfast City and winds along the narrow strip of coastline between the North Channel and steep cliffs. It takes you on an outstanding journey through the cultural and natural heritage.
If you are ready to embrace the giant spirit of Northern Ireland, this Causeway Coastal Route itinerary is for you.
#4 St Patrick’s Heritage Trail
Trace the tale of St Patrick and his intriguing journey from slave to saint, with a trip that explores his legacy across the island. Although this 92 mile linear driving route is popular in March, the St Patrick’s Trail can be completed at any of time of year and is great for history, nature and sightseeing.
#5 Game of Thrones Driving Route around Northern Ireland
The show may be over but our fascination with this HBO hit lives on. Step into Westeros and explore the show’s phenomenal filming locations on a 7-day journey around the beautiful scenery of Northern Ireland where the fantasy world of Game of Thrones comes alive. From Winterfell, to the King’s Road where Arya diguised herself as boy, to the coveted Iron throne, step into the Heart of Westeros on this ultimate driving adventure.
View the Game of Thrones Driving Route.
#6 The Ring of Kerry
The bustling little town of Killarney, begins your Campervan Hire Ireland road trip. Neo-golific Pugin dominates the towns skyline. Stop at the cedar tree just outside the entrance – a sober reminder of Ireland’s past, it marks a mass grave for Ireland’s famine victims.
Heading North West in your camper you will find Kilorglin. Passing through Fossa, you reach Ireland’s highest peak Carrauntoohil, standing tall at 1039 metres above sea level.
South West towards Caghersiveen is a stretched of road shrouded in bogs and wetland. Stopping at Fox’s Bog village, step back in time and visit the assortment of thatched cottages and discover how the rural community once lived off the land.
The massive beaches of Inch and Rossbeigh lie ahead at Dingle bay where the waves batter off the cliffs. Dingle bay is a perfect place to stop to cook lunch in your camper and check out ‘one of the most beautiful places on earth’ as quoted by National Geographic.
South West from Dingle day lays Skellig Michael. This rock island is an absolute must-see detour from Valentia. Back on the mainland, head towards Derrynane. If you’ve packed your clubs in your camper, now is the perfect time to sink 18 holes at one of Waterville’s 2 golf courses. After walking the paths, visiting Derrynane house, look west towards the Atlantic for heaven like vistas as the sunsets over the Atlantic.
On the road back towards Killarney you’ll find Killarney National Park. A paradise for outdoor lovers, here you will find 10,000 hectares of mountains, moorlands, mountains, lakes and waterfalls. Visit Muckross House and it’s gardens, the fully restored Ross Castle or take your bike and cycle around the park’s trails to Muckross Estate. Stop at 18m high Torc Waterfalls before making the journey back to Killarney.