When it comes to the Emerald Isle it’s easy to imagine beautiful coastline, lush green hills and small seaside villages home to some of the most friendly and welcoming locals this side of the Atlantic. But what are some of the most beautiful spots that you must include in any road trip around the island? Check out the list of our favourite spots below, grab yourself some top notch car insurance from Chill Insurance and hit the road this summer to take in some of the best of what Ireland has to offer.
Home to the well-loved ‘Ring of Kerry’, county Kerry is known for its beautiful countryside, lush forests and pristine lakes. The Ring of Kerry itself is probably the best way to see the county and it snakes around in a loop including Kenmare, Molls Gap, Killarney, Cahersiveen and Caherdaniel. Be sure to add this famous loop to any road trip in western Ireland and be sure to stop off in Killarney National Park for a real treat for everyone with its rocky but green hills, gorgeous rivers and lakes and forest paths prime for hiking.
This corner of Ireland offers up some of the most stunning coastline around along with the Connemara National Park – another beautiful stopping point on a road trip around the Emerald Isle. This unique region is also home to the Killary fjord – a beautiful natural fjord set between the borders of Galway and Connemara counties. Boat tours are available to explore this natural wonder up close and personal, making this a great option as a stopping point for nature lovers. Be sure to stop off in Clifden, a small town set in a valley surrounded by mountains for a cozy atmosphere and a welcome you won’t soon forget.
If you’re short of time but want to experience the Irish countryside, consider heading to county Wicklow, just south of Dublin. This gorgeous and hilly region is home to numerous tiny settlements that while small in size, are not small on smiles. Check out the old mill at Avoca and have a pint in Fitzgerald’s, the pub noted for being in ‘Ballykissangel’. Hikers will love Wicklow for its long winding tracks through fields and below rolling hills, along with sudden waterfalls, flowing streams and small country pubs with welcoming locals.
So this summer be sure to check out Ireland if you want something a bit different and are looking for the ultimate options in terms of road trips. With something for everyone, Ireland continues to be a hugely popular option for singletons, couples and families alike.