Irish Road Trips You Need to Try in 2019
November 12, 2018 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

There are many ways to see Ireland, but travelling by car is by far the best way to explore the amazing beauty on offer. Chill Insurance have shared their favourite road trips in their latest series of eBooks and we felt inspired, so here’s our roundup of the top Irish road trips for 2019.

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Boyne Valley Scenic Loop

Boyne Valley Loop is a 173 mile stretch that follows the Boyne River and covers 9,000 years of history – this is not just a scenic drive but an historic one too. The loop will take you across two counties both Louth and Meath and as you take this trail you will be treated to 22 historic attractions, two of the main stopping points being the Hill of Tara and Trim castle.

The Hill of Tara in County Meath is an archaeological complex that is the home of many myths and legends, as it is the traditional inauguration site of the ancient High Kings of Ireland. In 1022 Tara was abandoned, but on occasion has still been used for historical events and has been referred to on several occasions as being a consecrated spot.

Another historic place is Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. The castle is located on the south bank of the River Boyne and offers picturesque views. It was the location of choice for the makers of Braveheart – what a great photo opportunity.

Moving away from the man made historical monuments to the natural attractions we head to Belfast.

Belfast to Derry via the Causeway Coast

This is a varied route from the culture of Belfast to the Antrim’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is a 120-mile coastal route, filled with wonderful photo opportunities. One of the most famous is the Giant’s Causeway.

The Giant’s Causeway is a natural formation of approximately 40,000 interlocking basalt columns formed from a volcanic eruption. This is a remarkable sight, but there’s plenty more to do along the coastal route.

Carnfunnock Country Park is one such adventure, open all year long people can enjoy the walking trails, driving range, and amazing views come rain or shine.

Alternatively, you could discover the filming locations of The Game of Thrones, and there is a great app to help you take in all that’s on offer. This route really should be near the top of your must visit list.

Galway to Donegal

This stretch from the west to north-west of Ireland is the perfect opportunity to view all the coast has to offer. The trip should not be rushed but can be completed within 5-days. There are many places to see along the way, here are a few highlights.

Doolough Valley is both beautiful and eerie as well as mountainous landscape, the story of the valley is one of desperation and tragedy. In 1848 many fell victim of famine and in an attempt to find food hundreds crossed the valley only meet a tragic fate. To discover this area take the road between Leenaun and Louisburgh.

If you are looking for a place to relax for a while, then head to County Sligo and sit on the long sandy beach of Enniscrone. This can act as a handy glamping site too, if you fancy an overnight rest.

If glamping isn’t for you then this route offers plenty of accommodation options including a stop at Glengesh Pass or perhaps somewhere a little closer to Glenveagh National Park, which is very convenient for exploring the next day.

Covering such a large stretch of land means there’s plenty to see and do, just make sure you have a thorough plan. We have a couple of tips for you below.

Tips for the Perfect Road Trip

  • Plan your route
  • Take regular breaks to take in the scenic beauty
  • Pack light
  • Drive carefully
  • Make sure you have the correct insurance

If your looking for some inspiration on where to stay on your road trip, check out 10 of the best places to Airbnb in Ireland or find out about the best family friendly hotels in Ireland.

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Irish Road Trips You Need to Try in 2019
November 12, 2018 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

There are many ways to see Ireland, but travelling by car is by far the best way to explore the amazing beauty on offer. Chill Insurance have shared their favourite road trips in their latest series of eBooks and we felt inspired, so here’s our roundup of the top Irish road trips for 2019.

hiking in ireland

Boyne Valley Scenic Loop

Boyne Valley Loop is a 173 mile stretch that follows the Boyne River and covers 9,000 years of history – this is not just a scenic drive but an historic one too. The loop will take you across two counties both Louth and Meath and as you take this trail you will be treated to 22 historic attractions, two of the main stopping points being the Hill of Tara and Trim castle.

The Hill of Tara in County Meath is an archaeological complex that is the home of many myths and legends, as it is the traditional inauguration site of the ancient High Kings of Ireland. In 1022 Tara was abandoned, but on occasion has still been used for historical events and has been referred to on several occasions as being a consecrated spot.

Another historic place is Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. The castle is located on the south bank of the River Boyne and offers picturesque views. It was the location of choice for the makers of Braveheart – what a great photo opportunity.

Moving away from the man made historical monuments to the natural attractions we head to Belfast.

Belfast to Derry via the Causeway Coast

This is a varied route from the culture of Belfast to the Antrim’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is a 120-mile coastal route, filled with wonderful photo opportunities. One of the most famous is the Giant’s Causeway.

The Giant’s Causeway is a natural formation of approximately 40,000 interlocking basalt columns formed from a volcanic eruption. This is a remarkable sight, but there’s plenty more to do along the coastal route.

Carnfunnock Country Park is one such adventure, open all year long people can enjoy the walking trails, driving range, and amazing views come rain or shine.

Alternatively, you could discover the filming locations of The Game of Thrones, and there is a great app to help you take in all that’s on offer. This route really should be near the top of your must visit list.

Galway to Donegal

This stretch from the west to north-west of Ireland is the perfect opportunity to view all the coast has to offer. The trip should not be rushed but can be completed within 5-days. There are many places to see along the way, here are a few highlights.

Doolough Valley is both beautiful and eerie as well as mountainous landscape, the story of the valley is one of desperation and tragedy. In 1848 many fell victim of famine and in an attempt to find food hundreds crossed the valley only meet a tragic fate. To discover this area take the road between Leenaun and Louisburgh.

If you are looking for a place to relax for a while, then head to County Sligo and sit on the long sandy beach of Enniscrone. This can act as a handy glamping site too, if you fancy an overnight rest.

If glamping isn’t for you then this route offers plenty of accommodation options including a stop at Glengesh Pass or perhaps somewhere a little closer to Glenveagh National Park, which is very convenient for exploring the next day.

Covering such a large stretch of land means there’s plenty to see and do, just make sure you have a thorough plan. We have a couple of tips for you below.

Tips for the Perfect Road Trip

  • Plan your route
  • Take regular breaks to take in the scenic beauty
  • Pack light
  • Drive carefully
  • Make sure you have the correct insurance

If your looking for some inspiration on where to stay on your road trip, check out 10 of the best places to Airbnb in Ireland or find out about the best family friendly hotels in Ireland.

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