Touring in Ireland without a car?

The Causeway Coast

Don’t miss a moment of Ireland’s spectacular coastal scenery: we will give you some simple examples of how to do it without a car.

Great For
  • Active
  • Couples
  • Sightseeing
  • Solo Traveller
  • Walking
  • Nature
  • Known For
    Coastline | Beaches | Touring Routes | Food
  • Major Attractions
    Causeway Coastal Route | Wild Atlantic Way
  • Nearest Airports
    Belfast | Dublin

Who needs a car when you can experience Ireland’s coastal splendour at your own pace? There is an extensive public transport system and private coach tour operators to choose from when touring Ireland’s coasts. With scheduled outings, extended excursions and themed trips all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the highways, byways and boreens (small country roads).

And where better to start on your Ireland coastal odyssey than with the most iconic road trips: the Wild Atlantic Way and the Causeway Coastal Route.

The Causeway Coastal Route
The Causeway Coastal Route

Described by the BBC as one of the world’s greatest road journeys, this incredible stretch of highway hugs the coast of Northern Ireland, steeped in myth, legend and remarkable sea views. Highlights include the knee-jangling Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, epic castles (Dunluce), forest parks (Glenariff) and the Giant’s Causeway – 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns crumbling into the sea.

Travelling this incredible coastline couldn’t be easier. From Dublin you can be in Belfast city centre in two hours. From Belfast you can choose any number of ways to experience the Causeway Coastal Route. Tours also leave from Dublin!

Here are three routes to try on and around the Causeway Coast:

Once you sample a wee dram it's on to the walled city of Derry-Londonderry, a leisurely two hours drive by bus to northwest, where you can explore its ancient history. Or alternatively take a train from Coleraine to Londonderry/Derry; a journey Michael Palin has described “one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world”. Continue to take the tracks northwest and you’ll arrive in County Donegal, where rugged landscapes sculpted by the sea (Malin Head, Slieve Leagues, Fanad Head) and the start of the Wild Atlantic Way will simply take your breath away.

The Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way

This is one of the wildest, most enchanting and culturally rich coastal touring routes in the world, stretching 2,500km along the western seaboard. How you experience it is up you: experience the magic, history and awe-inspiring beauty from the comfort of a coach, train or even cruise.

Here are three routes to try on the Wild Atlantic Way:

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