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!

The walled city of Derry-Londonderry, where you can explore its ancient history, is a leisurely two hours drive by bus to northwest. 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.

There are six routes to try on the Wild Atlantic Way; find more information here >>

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