Did you know that Ireland has few motorways to get all the famous destinations? In all of my Ireland road trip planning, I overlooked the fact that even though there are roads that connect cities and attractions not all of them are fast. The speed limits were 100 km/hr (60 mph) outside of the towns and cities, but we found ourselves consistently going under the speed limit on the narrow, winding roads, while continuing to add minutes to our estimated time of arrival (ETA).
What I loved the most is the brown signs indicating tourism points of interest. At first, the signs started to only be sights and attractions but later would include B&Bs. The co-pilot really had to pay attention to make sure we were not missing any crucial must-sees.
Here are some highlights from the road trip:
Don’t worry if it is raining, there are tons of pubs to hop into while waiting out the weather.
The Custom House
Did you know Newgrange is older than the Egyptian Pyramids and Stonehenge?
Belfast has the largest dry dock in the world and is where the Titanic was build.
Belfast City Hall
Save money by parking and walking around the Visitor Center to the coast. Make sure to step onto the basalt columns with views of Scotland on a clear day.
Letterkenny is the most populous town in County Donegal and is known for its nightlife.
St. Eunan’s Cathedral
Glenveagh National Park
Take a tour of the Glenveagh Castle and its grounds for beautiful landscape views around Lough Beagh.
Grab some seafood and walk along the docks of this small, quaint town.
St. Mary’s Church
Look out for the Lough Eske Monster (or Eskie for short) last seen in 1998, which is rumored to be a publicity stunt.
Solis Lough Eske Castle
Plan a day hike on some of the highest sea cliffs Europe has to offer.
Take a walk on a beach or climb Croagh Patrick.
Connemara National Park
Choose between three loop walks that all start at the Visitor Center.
I wish we could have spent more time in Galway with its pedestrian streets and vibrant flare.
Cliffs of Moher
Take in more views of the Ireland coast plunging into the Atlantic Ocean at this tourist destination stop. If you can avoid parking your car, admission is free.
Kilkenny has a mid-evil feel to it with its castle and art/craft culture. Stroll through the streets or relax on the bright green castle grounds while the locals play some Gaelic pickup games.
Walk along the River Liffey and jump between the north and south banks for tourist attractions, pubs, and entertainment.
Panoramic View from the Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar
What is your favorite Ireland attraction?
More in this series:
- Planning for Ireland
- Accommodations for Ireland
- How to Save Money in Ireland
- Newgrange – A Prehistoric Site
- Walking through the Titanic Belfast
- Reasons to Stay at a Bed and Breakfast in Ireland
- Treated like a “President” at Solis Lough Eske Castle
- Giant’s Causeway and Cliffs of Moher
- Review of the Guinness Storehouse
- Meeting Irish Locals
- Glenveagh Castle
- Why I am Glad We Detoured to See Kilkenny
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