Top 10 Irish drives Get behind the wheel for of the most scenic road trips in Ireland
IRISH INDEPENDENT tre, taking the Old Military Road (R115) through Glencree. Within moments, it seems, you’re floating through the Wicklow wilderness, passing the source of the River Liffey, among other natural wonders. From this point, you can continue south past the Glenmacnass Waterfall to Glendalough, or head southeast on the R759 for views of Lough Tay (in a certain light, it looks just like a pint of Guinness). The R755 will take you back by the Sugar Loaf to the N11 at Kilmacanogue. TIME/DISTANCE 97km (via Glendalough). Allow a half or full day, depending on stops. PIT STOP Nab a cuppa and cake at The Conservatory in 29 April 2017 Laragh ( theconservatory.ie). IF YOU LIKE THAT, TRY THIS: The drive from Co Tipperary to Co Waterford via The Vee, emerging to a jaw-dropping view of Lismore Castle, is a stunner. Time permitting, add the Comeragh Drive.
Irish drives don’t come sweeter than the Sky Road. This simple, 15km peninsula loop transports you onto the craggy folds of the Connemara coast in no time — with views ranging from Inishturk offshore to the Twelve Bens inland. It’s doable as a cycle, but driving allows you to swing north when you re-emerge onto the N59, before turning left towards Claddaghduff and proceeding towards the jewel in the Aughrus Peninsula’s crown: Omey Island ( aughruspeninsula.com). Check the tide times before setting out, as
Omey is reached by driving across a sandy causeway... an even more important note for the return journey. When you have to ask whether an island is ‘open’ or ‘closed’, you’ve truly reached the ends of the earth. TIME/DISTANCE 40km. Allow at least a half day if travelling to Omey. PIT STOP Pick up a picnic full of local goodies at The Connemara Hamper ( connemarahamper.com) in Clifden. IF YOU LIKE THAT, TRY THIS: Circuit West Cork’s Sheep’s Head — the Wild Atlantic Way’s wildest peninsula.
Michael Palin once dubbed the train ride from Derry to Coleraine as one of the most beautiful on earth, and the drive is right up there too. As well as the obligatory Giant’s Causeway and dram of Bushmills (after your drive, of course), this rockin’