Must-see locations for a road trip around Ireland

Ireland is full of gorgeous landscapes, coastal views and quaint cities - we’ve put together some must-see places to visit that are to the east and south of Ireland that would make the perfect Irish road trip.

Dublin

A view of the river in Dublin city centre


You will probably have heard already of some of the most popular things to do in Dublin, like the Guinness Experience, Temple Bar or exploring the beauty of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, but there’s so much more to this city. Enjoy a breath-taking cliff walk at Howth, stroll down O’Connor street, visit Trinity College Library, an architectural wonder or if you’re looking for something a bit different visit Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin’s historical prison.

Wicklow

A view of the green hills in Wicklow, Ireland


Wicklow is a great county with lots of scenery to explore. The Wicklow Mountains are one of the most famous areas of Ireland and Wicklow town is a beautifully traditional and rich in history. The town was founded by the Vikings and the Black Castle ruins overlook the harbour. Head to Powerscourt Waterfall on the river Dargle or find Silver Strand beach which is tucked away just outside Wicklow Town for somewhere off the beaten track, you can camp here if you’d like to truly be surrounded by nature.

Kilkenny

A view of St. Canice's Castle in the city of Kilkenny, Ireland


This popular southern city has an old-world feel. Walk the medieval mile which is filled with restaurants, shops and picturesque alleyways. On this route, you can see many of the city’s top sights including Kilkenny Castle and Park and ending at St. Canice’s Castle. There is a beautiful canal walk for an afternoon stroll and 20 minutes from the city there’s a fairy-tale like wonder in Kilfane Waterfall and Glenn.

 

Waterford

A beach view in Waterford, Ireland


Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city, with 1,000 years of history. Like much of Ireland It was founded by the Vikings back in 914. A.D and there are markers of this throughout the city. There are gorgeous beaches and if you’re an adventurer you could even go sea-kayaking at Copper Coast. Visit the medieval museum or learn about Waterford Crystal, a famed glass manufacturer and there is beautiful scenery to be seen at Comeragh Mountains.

Cork

A city view of Cork, Ireland


Located in the south-west of Ireland, Cork is an island between two channels of the River Lee. It has beautiful coastlines, wonderful beaches and towns full of character. Climb the steep 132 steps to the top of St. Anne’s Church and ring the Shandon Bells, head to the coast for breath-taking views and beaches such as Inchydoney Beach, visit the English market for your fill of food and drink or even take a drive through the beautiful but windy roads of Healy Pass.

Killarney

A view of the green hills in Killarney, Ireland


Kilarney can be found in the rural south of Ireland. It has so much Irish character and it can be very busy in the summer months. Killarney National Park was the first national park in Ireland and it’s over 25,000 acres in size, find the picturesque waterfall or take in a leisurely view at ‘Ladies View’. Drive The Ring of Kerry for spectacular ocean and mountain views or you could explore a Tudor-style mansion called Muckross House at Killarney’s Lakes.   

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