Remy Brand's epic Ireland road trip

Join pro-Instagrammer Remy Brand as he explores Ireland’s Causeway Coastal Route and the Wild Atlantic Way

It’s true, we’re entirely spoiled here with our dramatic coastline and breathtaking landscapes, so we found it hard to decide where Remy and his amazing camera skills should head. But we eventually settled on the magnificent Causeway Coastal Route and the Wild Atlantic Way, both home to some of the most naturally stunning landscapes in the world.

In other words: a photographer's playground...

The Dark Hedges, Dunluce Castle and the Giant's Causeway
The Dark Hedges, Dunluce Castle and the Giant's Causeway

Remy’s first stop on his week-long excursion was an old castle ruin clinging to the cliff edges of Northern Ireland. His moody shot of Dunluce Castle matches the dark and grizzly tales associated with this medieval marvel. One such tale is of forbidden lovers, Maeve Roe and Reginald O’Cahan, who wished to escape the castle, but drowned when their boat was crushed against the rocks. Maeve’s body was never found and her spirit – now known as the Banshee of Dunluce – has roamed the ruins ever since.

From there, Remy made his way to the Giant’s Causeway – a 60 million-year-old landscape lined with hexagonal stones that roll out into the sea, the formation of which is split between legend and geology. Onto the eerie yet beautiful Dark Hedges, a filming location for the hit HBO series Game of Thrones®, and Remy’s rapid exploration of the Causeway Coastal Route was complete.

Slieve League Cliffs and Cassiebawn Castle
Slieve League Cliffs and Cassiebawn Castle

Day two saw Remy hop from one renowned coastal driving route to another. We can’t imagine a more impressive welcome to the Wild Atlantic Way than the majestic Slieve League Cliffs in County Donegal

Never have I been on a drive where I have felt the need to stop every 5 minutes to take a photo like I did on the Wild Atlantic Way

Remy Brand

Just a short drive away from here and Remy found himself in Yeats country, County Sligo. A place laden with history and character, Remy made a stop at the quaint seaside village of Mullaghmore. Silhouetted by the formidable Ben Bulben mountain, Cassiebawn Castle sits overlooking this busy little harbour since 1874. This gorgeous castle was once an adored holiday home of Lord Mountbatten, a member of the British Royal Family.

Castle Island and Derryclare Lough
Castle Island and Derryclare Lough

After a hearty breakfast in Remy’s cosy B&B and he was ready to hit the road again. First, he went a little off course to County Roscommon. Nestled on the steady waters of Lough Key is a castle ruin like something from a fairytale. The secluded Castle Island can be accessed by hiring a boat from the nearby visitors centre and is a really unique experience. 

Back on track and heading further south along the rugged coastline, Remy landed in the always welcoming County Galway. At the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way, Galway is big on natural wonder, with the vast rural plain of Connemara coloured by magnificent mountains and sparkling lakes. A photographer’s favourite, Derryclare Lough’s Pine Island struck a chord with Remy, too. After witnessing the sun rise over the baron mountains Remy felt his experience was "definitely one of those moments that stays with you for a long time".

The Cliffs of Moher, the Gap of Dunloe and Dunquin Pier
The Cliffs of Moher, the Gap of Dunloe and Dunquin Pier

Ah, the Cliffs of Moher. Who could come to Ireland without visiting this astonishing UNESCO Global Geopark? Despite being less than blessed with the weather, Remy was able to capture the magical atmosphere of these giant rock faces. Standing right on the edge of Europe, Remy embraced the Wild Atlantic Way!


The weather in Ireland adds such drama to the scenery that you can't help but to respect its power.

Remy Brand

Remy took time out to relax and refuel at Gus O’Connor’s traditional Irish pub in the village of Doolin, County Clare. After a delicious meal and plenty of ‘craic’ (Irish slang for fun), Remy got back on the road and headed for County Kerry – also affectionately known as The Kingdom of Kerry. Remy explored the winding roads of the Ring of Kerry and the Slea Head Drive until eventually, he could go no further and he found himself on the edge of the Dingle Peninsula at Dunquin Pier – the perfect stage to catch a glimpse of the Great Blasket Islands peeking up from the sea mist around 8km out in the Atlantic Ocean.

Slea Head Drive
Slea Head Drive

Hugging the mountains, Remy next encountered the Gap of Dunloe – a narrow mountain road forged between Ireland’s highest mountain peak, the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the Purple Mountain. Sights here are frequently breathtaking, but some are more curious than others, including the tiny Wishing Bridge nestled in this valley – it is said that wishes made here come true!

We’re not sure what Remy wished for, but we’ve got more of his wonderful photos from his journey on the Tourism Ireland’s Instagram page, or check out the main man himself right here. Don’t need any more convincing? Start planning your journey around the island of Ireland today, using these trip ideas for inspiration.

The only problem is deciding where to go first! And don’t forget to pack your cameras folks…

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