Dis­cover other heav­enly high­ways

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - ESCAPE - ire­land.com

THE beau­ti­ful land­scapes of Ire­land of­fer the road trip of a life­time around ev­ery cor­ner. The Wild At­lantic Way and Cause­way Coastal Route are two pop­u­lar jour­neys for trav­ellers. Here’s three more that are sure to get your mo­tor run­ning.

The Ring of Kerry and 1. Skel­lig Is­lands

The stun­ning Ring of Kerry is a cir­cu­lar loop around the Iver­agh Penin­sula pass­ing through some of the most amaz­ing land­scapes on the is­land.

The won­der­ful lakes of Killarney give way to the moun­tains of MacGil­ly­cuddy’s Reeks and the penin­sula is scat­tered with pic­turesque and vi­brant towns and vil­lages.

Off the Ring of Kerry lies the sixth-cen­tury is­land monastery of Skel­lig Michael, now glob­ally fa­mous as a film­ing lo­ca­tion for the lat­est Star Wars block­buster.

The Sper­rin Moun­tains 2.

North­ern Ire­land’s largest moun­tain range is one of the least ex­plored on the is­land.

A car tour through this roller­coaster land­scape is a must. Four spec­tac­u­lar routes in County Ty­rone and County Lon­don­derry of­fer breath­tak­ing scenery and an­cient mon­u­ments ga­lore.

Na­tional Ge­o­graphic praised these roads for their “wild beauty, ideal trails and dreamy vil­lages” in its list of the Top 101 Scenic Drives in the World.

Ire­land’s An­cient East: 3. The Celtic Coast

Peel back lay­ers of his­tory as you travel the Celtic Coast route from County Wick­low to County Cork and dis­cover the splen­dour of eigh­teenth-cen­tury stately homes, the trea­sures of Vik­ing set­tle­ments and the re­mains of Ire­land’s ear­li­est Chris­tian set­tle­ment.

Among the must-see stops on the route are the mag­nif­i­cent Pow­er­scourt House and Gar­dens, at­mo­spheric Glen­dalough and the Vik­ing city of Water­ford.

Photo: iS­tock

TO BE SURE: Hit the open road to dis­cover Ire­land’s most spec­tac­u­lar scenery.

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