ireland-roadtrip

Holidays filled with touristy stuff like going to the historical sights, dinner at some fancy restaurant and back to your fancy hotel is too main stream. So, dust off your driving license and go on an adventure. Try something new, drive through the countryside and experience the lush greenery and the numerous nuances of nature. Planned trips rarely work out. So, your best shot would be to plan an impromptu road trip. The cozy size of Ireland makes it the perfect place to plan road trips for. Its lush scenery and excellent highways makes it ideal for road trips.

The First Step: Dublin

Your first stop should be the Irish capital city of Dublin. Many are familiar with this city but only a few people are aware of some of the most beautiful sights to see there. Dublin is the home of both mountains and seas, and it’s really beautiful. Ireland is more about choices. You can just shut your eyes and decide which way to turn, you could take a right or left, you will be guaranteed a beautiful scenic view. The journey would eventually become more about the new people you encounter, good food, amazing music and random turns. Ireland is filled with its share of castles, countryside experience and coastline. The roads are dotted with stretches of small towns with pubs which serves the local Guinness and amazing food.

Irish Countryside: Trim

It would be ideal to begin the road trip from Dublin and end it there as well. Also ensure that you have enough time to peruse the city as well. In the city, you could tour the Guinness Storehouse (and even sneak a taste), visit the historic Trinity College and the famous prison, Kilmainham Gaol to vibe the authentic Irish charm. If you are a history geek as well as a cinephile, then you could head on a drive to Trim. The drive should ideally take around an hour. This part of the Irish countryside is known for its historic relevance. It is rather a quite area, devoid of loud music and pubs. The most important landmark in this area is the medieval castle, which used to be one of the largest fortifications in Ireland. Incidentally, it had also been used as a film location for the production of the great epic Braveheart. There are also numerous ruins, abbeys and cathedrals which can be seen along this stretch.

Historical Relics and Souvenirs: Kilkenny

Ireland with its abundance of history and castles is equivalent to Disneyland for those passionate about Irish history. From Trim, you could head towards Kilkenny for restaurants and pubs. There are also several historic store fronts with some great shops from where you could purchase your souvenirs. This place is a perfect blend of historic charm and modern amenities. You could venture towards the High Street for entertainment or towards St. Canice, a medieval cathedral and places like the Black Abbey, Kells Priory and the breweries around.

The Oldest City in Ireland: Waterford

If you drive southwards from Kilkenny, you will reach Waterford, which happens to the oldest city in Ireland, one of the most famous historical relics which can be found here is the Reginald’s Tower. This tower had been commissioned in the twelfth century for fortification. However, nowadays it is being used as a museum. This city is also the proud hosts of two famous churches: Christ Church Cathedral and Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Peace and Quite: Kinsale

After the hustle and bustle of Waterford, Kinsale would prove to be quite a respite. Also known as the gourmet capital of Ireland, the streets and lanes are bordered with eateries, pubs and restaurants. The historic highlight of this city is the Charles Fort, however that is located slightly on the outskirts of the city. There is also the option of cruising on river Brandon and exploring the harbor.

The Mountains of Ireland

After exploring the waterfront of Ireland, you could venture towards the mountains. There is a mesmerizing stretch of roads amidst the mountains in Kenmare, ensconcing the Iveragh peninsula. However, this particular stretch is always crowded with tour buses and vehicles, so it is best to be cautious while driving on this particular stretch. Glimpses of the coastline amidst the mountains can be caught. A three-hour drive from Kenmare could take you to the Cliffs of Moher and another four-hour drive in the other direction will take you back to Dublin. So, choose wisely.

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Holidays filled with touristy stuff like going to the historical sights, dinner at some fancy restaurant and back to your fancy hotel is too main stream. So, dust off your driving license and go on an adventure. Try something new, drive through the countryside and experience the lush greenery...