5 Best Counties For a Road Trip in Ireland

Posted on November 23rd, 2016 at 9:00 AM




It’s always been said that if Ireland had better weather it would be the best country to live in. This autumn, while there’s been a cold crisp in the air, we’ve witnessed some uncharacteristically pleasant weather.

So what better way to take advantage of the mild weather than back up the car for a day trip to see what this beautiful country has to offer. On that note, we’ve taken the hassle out of planning with our picks of the 5 best counties in Ireland for a road trip.

1. Wicklow

Just a stones throw away from Dublin city, Wicklow has a lot to offer for those who want a little break from city life. Not so much a road trip due to its close prioximity but a great day out none the less.

What to do

The best way to take in the beautiful scenery is by doing the Bray to Wicklow cliff walk, so park up the car and give those legs a stretch. The cliff walk takes just over an hour each way and can be a little challenging so the best option for a Sunday stroll is to park up in Bray, do the cliff walk to Greystones, stop for a bite to eat and get the dart back to Bray.

Where to eat

After the cliff walk, we recommend refueling with some wholesome, healthy food so where better than the Happy Pear. With a que out the door, it can be off-putting at first, but it’s well worth the wait. Even if you’re not a vegetarian, you’ll be contemplating vegetarianism by the end of your meal.

2. Galway

Galway is often referred to as the culture capital of Ireland and when you walk through the cobbled streets of the Latin Quarter, it’s easy to see why. There’s always a buzz around Galway and some sort of festival happening. For example, from November 18th, Galway’s Eyre Square will be taken over with the annual Christmas market.

What to do

There’s a lot to pack in for a day trip, so it might be worthwhile making it an overnight trip. That way you can also enjoy a few pints on Quay Street. Take a drive along Connemara’s captivating coastline as part of the Wild Atlantic way and drop into the awe-inspiring Kylemore Abbey along the route. However, do remember to have your sat-nav at the ready. It’s easy to get lost when driving in rural Galway, but that’s all part of the fun of it!

Where to eat

If you’re a fan of seafood, Galway has some of the best seafood restaurants for all budgets. We highly recommend The Seafood Bar at Kirwan’s Lane or if it’s a chippy you’re after, McDonagh’s Fish and Chip bar on Quay St have the best fish and chips in town.

3. Clare

For a road trip that combines historical points of interest and nature's wonders look no further than Co Clare.

What to do

Take a drive to the rugged Cliffs of Moher; a terrifying 700 feet above the ocean but the view on a crisp, clear day is simply breathtaking. Once you’ve taken in all the cliffs have to offer, next stop is a trip down the windy roads towards the Burren and Aillwee Caves.

Where to eat

The best place to stop off for a bite to eat is the coastal village and home of traditional Irish music, Doolin. With a broad range of pubs with quality food, the craic agus ceol, you won’t be short of choice. Our two top picks are McGann's or Mc Dermot's pub.

4. Mayo

Mayo, arguably the most scenic and underrated county in Ireland, so much so we found it difficult to name just one place to visit, so here’s three.

  • Cong, Co Mayo

    First on the list is the quaint little village on the Mayo/ Galway border and home of the award winning hotel Ashford Castle.

    What to do

    For a day in Cong, the first stop is to check out Ashford castle itself and have a wander around the grounds. Overlooking Lough Corrib, the picturesque castle is enclosed with beautiful landscapes and forests walks as part of the Cong nature trail loop.

    Where to eat

    After a day of been one with nature, a craft beer and some high quality pub grub is a must. Drop into Pat Cohan’s bar located in the centre of Cong village, for a mouth-watering range of seafood, steak or traditional Irish dishes, all from local produce.

  • Westport, Co Mayo

    If you’re looking for something livelier than nature walks, drive a bit further west to Westport. Due to its great nightlife, Westport is increasing becoming the Irish go to spot for stag and hen parties.

  • Achill, Co Mayo

    A bit off the beaten track, but well worth the trip, Achill Island is at the heart of the Wild Atlantic way. For a road trip with spectacular coastal views follow the route for The Atlantic drive. The remote and untamed landscapes of Achill Island are the ideal breath of fresh air for any urban dweller.

5. Kerry

Co. Kerry has earned its reputation as a top Irish tourist destination. The county commonly called The Kingdom offers great food, breathtaking scenery and most of all the best hospitality.

What to do

A great option for a day trip is road trip around the ring of Kerry. A good starting (and finishing) point is the village of Kenmare. Kenmare is often referred to as a foodie haven, so it makes for an excellent end to the journey. The drive around the ring of Kerry can take up to 5 hours including stops, so you’ll definitely have worked up an appetite at that point.

Where to eat

Again the coastal towns offer up excellent choices for seafood lovers. For fresh seafood straight off the boat and a warm welcoming, check out Packies Seafood restaurant in Kenmare.

We hope we’ve managed to inspire you to pack up the car and take a road trip to see what this glorious country has to offer. A gentle reminder if your taking long journeys make sure your car is serviced to ensure its running at it’s best.

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