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The upcoming May bank holiday weekend gives us a great excuse to highlight our favourite drive routes in Ireland. So if you’re hitting the road and exploring Ireland’s fantastic landscape be sure to take in one of the following scenic driving routes along the way:
Ring of Kerry (Co. Kerry)
This world renowned drive route is as popular as ever so be sure to get it in before the busier summer months. The route takes in Kenmare, Sneem, Caherdaniel, Waterville, Cahersiveen, Glenbeigh, Killorglin and Killarney. Famous attractions along the way include the Skellig Islands, Innisfallen Island, Derrynane beach and the picturesque town of Kenmare.
The Wicklow Gap (Co. Wicklow)
Starting from Hollywood town this drive crosses the majestic Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough through the Wicklow Gap taking in the East and West of Wicklow. It’s a fantastic scenic drive with great views of the landscape on route. The famous Sally Gap is also a must along the route.
The Burren Circuit (Co. Clare)
This drive route circles the Burren beginning in Kilfenora and takes in Lisdoonvarna, Fanore, Black Head, Ballyvaughan, Carran and back again. Nearby attractions include the Aillwee Caves, The Poulnabrone Dolmen, Caherconnell Stone Fort and Lemaheh Castle. Driving enthusiast will enjoy the renowned winding road that is Corkscrew Hill outside of Ballyvaughan.
Copper Coast (Co. Waterford)
This drive takes in the panoramic views between Dungarvan and Tramore in Waterford. It passes through Annestown, Boaststrand, Dunhill and Fenor. You can explore hidden coves along the route and make a detour to visit the Mahon Falls nearby.
Causeway Coastal Route (Co. Antrim & Co. Derry/Londonderry)
The Causeway Coastal Route travels from Belfast to Derry and takes in The Gobbins cliff-face path, The Glens of Antrim, the Giants Causeway, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and Binevenagh Mountain to name but a few attractions along the way. Game of Thrones lovers will get to visit the famous Dark hedges – known as The King’s road in season two.
Wild Atlantic Way (Co. Donegal; Co. Sligo; Co. Mayo; Co. Galway; Co. Clare; Co. Limerick; Co. Kerry; Co. Cork)
The drive route covers the west coast of Ireland from Derry to Cork. From the top down it covers: the Northern headlands; the surf coast from Donegal town to Erris; the Bay coast including the magnificent Clew Bay; the Cliff Coast taking in the Cliffs of Moher; the Southern Peninsula taking in the Kingdom of Kerry and the wild west of Cork. It finishes with the Haven coast from Baltimore to Kinsale in Cork. Drive it in sections over a few weekends to get the most from it.