1.Ring of Kerry
They don’t call it the Kingdom for nothin’. Home to jutting peninsulas, soaring mountaintops and beautiful lakes, Kerry is a true delight. The Ring of Kerry is an impressive 179km looped route that will take you on a magical journey from Killarney through picture-perfect towns like Sneem, Cahersiveen and of course, Killorglin where – wait for it – a goat is crowned king every year. What’s not to love!?
Or you could take your wheels right up to the top of the country. The equally wild, far-flung coast of Donegal is just waiting to be explored. Wind along its windswept headlands, and gaze out at the crashing Atlantic from Malin, Ireland’s most northerly tip. You can take a dip on one of Donegal’s white sandy beaches, or if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, try your hand at riding the waves in the surfing town of Bundoran.
Equally spectacular is Wicklow, aka the ‘Garden of Ireland’. Head for the Wicklow Mountains National Park and drink in those epic landscapes. Stretch the legs at Glendalough, where St. Kevin was so impressed, he founded a monastic settlement way back in the sixth century. If the weather’s mild, the Wicklow countryside is perfect for camping too; find some facilities here.
The breath-taking and striking views in Connemara, with its wild mountains and peaceful waters. It will feel like driving in a movie set, what more could you want! If you are looking for adventures check out Connemara National Park, whether it’s a relaxing stroll or a hike for sunrise Connemara national park has it all. Apart from the numerous beaches you can visit, you may be interested in visiting Kylemore Abbey for its beautiful gardens and architecture.
With the bustling city of Belfast as your base, head north into the Antrim countryside and check out the famous Giant’s Causeway. Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site is a wonder to behold; legend has it that Fionn MacCumhaill – a figure in Irish mythology – built it to reach his Scottish nemesis Benandonner. True or not, these striking basalt columns are pretty darn impressive! Antrim is also Game of Thrones country, so fans of the show can check out some of its iconic locations.
Another dreamy Irish location is West Cork. Also home to spectacular views, this region is perfect for foodies too. As you travel through its lush countryside, be sure to stop off in charming towns like Castletownbere, Skibbereen and Schull, where you’ll find some of the most delicious fresh seafood and artisan produce in the country.