Wend your way round a green is­land

Ex­plore the best of the Emer­ald Isle’s scenery and com­plex his­tory on this de­light­ful road trip

Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - LONELY PLANET’S IRELAND -

EV­ERY time-worn truth about Ire­land will be found on this trip: the scenery of stonewalled fields and wave-dashed cliffs; the pic­ture-post­card vil­lages and bustling towns; the an­cient ru­ins that have stood since be­fore his­tory was writ­ten.

The trip be­gins in Ire­land’s fas­ci­nat­ing cap­i­tal and trans­ports you to the wild west of Gal­way and Con­nemara be­fore tak­ing you south to the even wilder folds of County Kerry. Du­ra­tion: Seven days Dis­tance: 959km Great for: Food and drink, his­tory and cul­ture, out­doors Best time to go: April to Septem­ber for the long days and best weather. Mothair, or Aill­treacha Mothair) are one of the most pop­u­lar sights in Ire­land.

Ris­ing to a height of 203m, their edge falls away abruptly into the con­stantly churn­ing sea. A se­ries of heads, the dark lime­stone seems to march in a rigid for­ma­tion that amazes, no mat­ter how many times you look. The Drive The 39km drive to En­nis goes in­land at Lahinch (fa­mous for its world-class golf links); it’s then 24km to your des­ti­na­tion, through flat south Clare. Dot­ted with stone walls and fields, it’s the clas­sic Ir­ish land­scape. Daugh­ter). At Castle­maine, turn south to­wards Mil­town then take the R563 to Kil­lar­ney.

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