Few countries offer so many romantic landscapes within such short distances. Here we share three awe-inspiring scenic drives for those happy to hire a car, hit the open road and share the high and low roads of this picturesque isle; The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Atlantic Drive, Achill Island and the Dingle Peninsula.
The Cliffs of Moher
Some 214 metres above the Atlantic Ocean, this is scenery at its grandest.
From O’Brien’s Tower on a headland you can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, The Twelve Bens, the Maam Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the south. Stay at nearby Moher Lodge and take time out for birdwatching, photography and excellent coastal walking opportunities.
Atlantic Drive, Achill Island
Achill Island, Ireland’s largest island, is a unique holiday destination. Easily accessible by road bridge from the beautiful Currane peninsula, Achill encompasses dramatic land and seascapes which have provided inspiration for artists and writers for many years. Join the breathtaking Atlantic Drive along the coast and continue to Keel village to view the magnificent Minaun Cliffs. Or, climb Saddle Head at Keem Bay and view the sea cliffs at Craughaun (668m). Achill has a number of Blue Flag beaches and many archaeological and historical sites including the famous Deserted Village at Slievemore and Kildamhnait Castle associated with Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley. Many activities are offered in Achill from watersports, diving and fishing to golf, walking and cycling.
The Dingle Peninsula
West of Tralee in County Kerry is one of the prettiest pensinsulas in the world. Set aside a day to drive around the peninsula. If you make good time it will take just a couple of hours – but this would never do justice to the amazing beauty of the rugged cliffs skirting the Atlantic Ocean in all its majesty. Take your time and get out of the car frequently – try homemade ice-cream, hand crafted cheeses, and perhaps a pint of Guinness as you journey through ancient villages and towns.
Ireland has many options if driving across the island is the type of holiday you’re looking for. To find out more, visit Ireland.com