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 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. 3 to try Black Cab Taxi Tours Jump aboard a legendary Black Taxi Cab tour to explore Belfast city and beyond: majestic City Hall, Titanic Belfast and the political murals decorating the city. Railtours in Northern Ireland A day tour by rail from Dublin to Belfast, to take in all the city’s major attractions including Titanic Quarter and the newly opened Crumlin Road Jail. The Gobbins cliff path The Gobbins is a white-knuckle cliff walk along the Causeway Coastal Route. Think bridges, tunnels, caves and unique geology to explore. 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: 6 to try: Dublin and beyond Railtours: Royal Atlantic tour Get on board a trip all along the Wild Atlantic Way, with nights of traditional music and festivities in all the local hotspots. CIE Mystical Tours Giant’s Causeway, Bunratty Castle, St Patrick’s grave: explore the mystic and mysterious side of Ireland. Quicktours From rugged islands to ancient monuments, take a jaunt on Ireland’s wildest west and enjoy the spectacular scenery, culture and ancient traditions. St Kevin's Bus Gliding between the mountains and the sea, this coach takes you through incredible Wicklow scenery to the 6th century Glendalough monastic site. Kildare Tours Visit ancient houses, the home of thoroughbred horseracing in Ireland and explore the medieval nooks and crannies of Kildare village. Boyne Valley Tours Passage tombs, monastic ruins, and sacred hills: get up close and personal with the history and heritage of Ireland’s ancient east. Using public transport and great travel deals Getting around Ireland by coach and trainDid you know a Leap Visitor Card allows you to travel on all Dublin Bus, Airlink 747 buses as well as the Luas and DART for a whole 3 days? Also getting around Ireland by rail couldn't be easier with national networks and inter-city services operating in Dublin. Great Travel DealsFind the best offers from our partners for your trip to the island of Ireland. Click here Discover Ireland’s stunning coastal routesOpt for the Wild Atlantic Way, the Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland, the beloved Ring of Kerry, all three or more. We promise: whatever you choose, it will be a journey to remember.