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5 Great Ireland Road Trips

From top to toe, you could cross the island of Ireland in seven hours – but where’s the fun in that? These five road trips will bring you down winding country roads and along wild cliff-side routes to reveal some of Ireland’s best-hidden secrets.

5. Causeway Coastal Route

Welcome to what is rightfully known as ‘one of the world’s great road journeys’: the Causeway Coastal Route. Curving around the northeastern coast from Belfast Lough to Lough Foyle in County Derry~Londonderry, the journey takes you along imposing cliffs, by crystal-clear waterfalls and even into the path of a castle or two.

4. Ring of Kerry

Beginning and ending at Killarney, the Ring of Kerry sits in the beautiful surrounds of Killarney National Park – and when it comes to stunning scenery, this is one of the island’s most lauded spots, loved by National Geographic and Vogue magazines alike. Ladies View (named for Queen Victoria and her ladies), with its sprawling vistas of the Lakes of Killarney, stands in stark contrast to the craggy Atlantic coast and Skellig Michael. But both will take your breath away.

3. Game of Thrones

If you’ve dreamed of travelling to Westeros since HBO's Game of Thrones first exploded on to our screens, you can’t get much closer than this. From the Dothraki grasslands to the Kingsroad, George RR Martin’s epic landscapes are brought to life as you roam through Northern Ireland – and there’s a lot to pack in.

2. Ireland's Ancient East

Spanning 5,000 years of history across 17 counties, Ireland’s Ancient East shows you every face of the island – if you know where to look. Dotted across this verdant landscape are Megalithic tombs and medieval castles, holy treasures and ghostly Gothic architecture, rolling down to panoramic seascapes.

1. Wild Atlantic Way

Windswept, untamed and uniquely Irish: the Wild Atlantic Way does what it says on the tin. Extending over 2,500 km along the length of the west coast, from Kinsale in County Cork to Malin Head in County Donegal, this is the world’s longest defined coastal touring route. And what a route it is...

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