Touring in Ireland without a car

Connemara, County Galway

Set your heart racing with amazing coastal routes and cityscapes perfect to explore without getting behind the wheel

Who needs a car when you can experience Ireland’s breathtaking beauty at your own pace?

Choose from coach tours, train routes and themed trips that take in the sights and scenery – all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the highways, byways and boreens (small country roads) as the best of Ireland unfolds before your eyes.

The Causeway Coastal Route

Clinging to Ireland's rugged northern coastline between buzzing Belfast city and the walled splendour of Derry~Londonderry, the Causeway Coastal Route holds awesome sights around every bend of the road. Walk on water (almost) at the Gobbins Cliff Path, be one with nature on Rathlin Island, feature in your own real-life fairytale at the crumbling clifftop ruin of Dunluce Castle and wander on the foundations of 400 years of history in Northern Ireland’s Walled City.

And the best way to top it all off? Embark on a legendary trip to the Giant’s Causeway, where 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns tumble into the sea. The stuff of science or a giant’s legacy? We’ll let you decide.

Travelling this incredible coastline couldn’t be easier. From Dublin you can be in Belfast city in two hours by train. And from Belfast you can choose any number of ways to experience the Causeway Coastal Route. Whether you want a packaged tour by coach or the comfort of travelling by rail to these bustling urban hubs, you’re spoiled for choice.

The Wild Atlantic Way

Elemental clifftop views, the whirling salty sea air and seaside towns teaming with culture and the friendliest of locals – welcome to the Wild Atlantic Way.

Spanning 2,500km from the tip of Malin Head – Ireland’s most northerly point – to County Cork’s picturesque harbour town of Kinsale in the south, this is a coastal touring route perfect for exploring by rail, coach or guided tour.

Highlights include the Oscar Wilde dubbed “savage beauty” of Galway’s Connemara region, the otherworldly atmosphere of the Slieve League Cliffs in County Donegal, the quaint charm and history of towns like Westport in County Mayo along with the crystal blue waters of striking Keem Bay on the coast of Achill Island.

With so much to see and do, it’s no wonder the likes of Lonely Planet and National Geographic have named it one of the best road trips in the world.

Ireland's Ancient East

Welcome to a land strewn in 5,000 years of history, where ancient monuments and monastic marvels have stood the test of time and idyllic towns full of charming locals lie around every corner. You'll find that everyone in Ireland's Ancient East has a tale to tell, and it's this captivating craft of storytelling that makes this mystical region so special.

Afterall, this is a place where Vikings once forged Ireland's oldest medieval city – Waterford. It's where the sacred village of Glendalough is found, nestled in a verdant valley of County Wicklow's woodland and mountains. It's where fairytales lie in wait in the form of enchanting castles and grand manors and the Neolithic treasure trove known as Brú na Bóinne stretches across the magical land of County Meath.

With so much to see and do, you'll be glad to know that getting around is a breeze thanks to a host of railway routes, bus services and guided coach tours. And with such friendly people waiting to welcome you with open arms, you're sure to feel right at home wherever you roam.

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