Wend your way round a green island
Explore the best of the Emerald Isle’s scenery and complex history on this delightful road trip
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.