Ireland is packed with scenic drives whether you fancy rolling green countryside, rugged coastlines or majestic valleys. When it comes to the best self drive vacations in Ireland, the following list are just some of the best views you will find anywhere from the comfort of your car.
1. Ring of Kerry
It’s a must when planning a vacation in Ireland. Plain and simple, the Ring of Kerry is world famous for having the most breathtaking and unspoiled scenery Ireland has to offer. The ring of Kerry is a 200km loop which starts in Killarney following through the inspiring Iveragh Peninsula and returns to Killarney. We suggest stopping in Kate Kearney’s Cottage for a quick bite before seeing the purple mountain, the Gap of Dunloe, the Skelligs and one of Ireland’s greatest beaches in sunny Derrynane.
2. Glengesh Pass to Cliffs of Moher
It would be a sin to visit Ireland and not travel the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way. Meander you way through the striking valley of the Glengesh Pass as you slowly wind your way through peaceful horizons. As you venture further south you will pass through the matchmaking town of Lisdoonvarna before reaching your ultimate location of the iconic Cliffs of Moher. Pictures simply cannot capture or do justice to the sheer size of these cliffs. On a clear day you can spot the Aran Islands and Galway Bay which could easily be your next worthwhile destination.
3. Kinsale to Clonakilty
Starting in the historic and colourful town of Kinsale, enjoy the views from the harbourside fortress of James Fort and the famous lands end at the old head of Kinsale. Travelling through country roads with vistras that can stand shoulder to shoulder with the best in Ireland you will find the beautiful town of Clonakilty home to Irish leader Michael Collins, the beautiful blue flag beach of Inchydoney and The West Cork Model Railway Village.
4. The Burren Loop
The vast limestone landscape of the Burren is unmatched anywhere. The now UNESCO recognised national park encompasses the county of Clare. Home to the Ailwee caves, Fr. Ted’s house and the Bird of Prey Centre this journey through stone lined roads is an experience like no other.
5. Baltimore to Mizen Head
This journey through West Cork proper will leave you with incredible memories. The region of Cork has its own ecosystem and averages temperatures above the national average making it a famous holiday destination. Starting in the charming town of Baltimore, you simply have to pass by the Baltimore Beacon. Heading towards Mizen head the towns of Schull, Goleen and Crookhaven offer the perfect spot to pull over for some delicious respite. As you approach Mizen head note the spectacular beaches and sand dunes of Barleycove. Mizen itself is the most southerly point. The Mizen head centre offers amazing insights into the now vacated 100 year old signal station which still stands strong against the elements.