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The best thing about a good weekend in Ireland is the road-trips one can go on this beautiful island. Packing all the goodies, having your best friends/family together, an amazing playlist ready for the journey and some great edible eateries packed, there is no better feeling for such an adventure.

A weekend when you can encounter all the mesmerizing views, laze around some beautiful and calm places and add some new experiences in your life, is what we can say wish come true! Just fill-in adequate gas in your car or caravan or any other vehicle you wish and think will suit best for this expedition on an adventurous weekend coming by for a great jaunting with your loved ones.

The best part of this island is that nothing is really far and therefore taking your own car and traveling with all the ease in the world is the best part for the trip. I was curious to discover just how much my visit to the Atlantic coast of Ireland would add to my experience. It was to prove an enlightening trip, yet also unforgettable for the natural beauty and excellent hospitality I found there.

When travelling it's always nice to beat the herd, so that you can visit exotic places with few tourists about. There's nothing worse than having to sidestep boatloads (actually, make that cruise ship loads) of tourists during the European summer swelter in an Italian city, or finding yourself walking in the road in London during rush hour, because there just isn't any room on the pavement in Oxford street.

So, here are some of the BEST LOCATIONS for all those who are looking for a getaway to a short and thrilling road trip during the weekend in Ireland.

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Here we give you Ireland's second to none road trip destinations you must plan for the coming weekend.

1. Waterford

Waterford is the oldest city of Ireland surrounded by beaches. Start your trip via Hook head from Wexford to Waterford, encountering all the scenic beauty on the way. Take some breaks and get yourself clicked at some picturesque locations. Park your car somewhere near to the World’s oldest working lighthouse which is on its roll since the 13th century. Hire a car-ferry to Waterford and drive to one of the many good pubs in the city for a perfect beer and some good and thrilling music to shake your leg.

2. Dublin

Dublin has always played an important role in the history of Ireland. This city founded by the Vikings and whose indomitable spirit has allowed it to overcome wars and adversities to become one of the main cities of the United Kingdom. This city divided in two by the Liffey river.

If you are thinking about traveling to Dublin, in our guide you will find information about the best areas to stay in a castle in Ireland, things to do in Dublin and tips that will be very useful throughout your trip.

Dublin was the birthplace of important writers, musicians and musical groups such as Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift, Gabriel Byrne, Colin Farrell, Stephen Rea, U2. One of the most important Dublin writers of the twentieth century is James Joyce, whose works have permanent references to a Dublin both real and symbolic.

You will find historic buildings such as the Dublin Castle and St. Patrick's Cathedral, fantastic antique shops, amazing avant-garde architecture, famous pubs, elegant restaurants, shops, theaters and cinemas. Touring the Georgian quarter, famous for its particular architectural style, you will find the headquarters of the University of Dublin, Trinity College. Your library is the largest literary space in Ireland.

Other sites for leisurely walking are the two most famous streets in Dublin. One is Grafton Street, the most important shopping street, shopping malls, famous jewelers, designer clothing stores and elegant restaurants. The other is O'Connell Street, one of the longest and widest streets in Europe where Saint Patrick is held every year and, in addition, several emblematic buildings and monuments are built.

Traditional Irish pubs still dominate the evenings, with live music and the ever-present Guinness beer. You can not miss, on a visit to Dublin, the tour to the Guinness Beer factory. If you want to experience the true Irish atmosphere, walk aimlessly through Temple Bar, on the south bank of the Liffey River. This neighborhood concentrates the nightlife and cultural life of the city.

Dublin has this vibrant nightlife where you can party all night.

3. Howth

The city ​​of Dublin is small enough so that on a weekend you have time to leave its borders and take a trip. In addition to Malahide Castle, another good idea is to approach the small fishing village of Howth. This fishing village is full of charm, is accessible by public transport and has much to offer (in addition to a premium fish).

Beyond the hills north of Dublin Bay, Howth is a fish lover's dream, a hiker's paradise and a destination as scenic as it is romantic. As soon as you get to Howth, if you have a good day, take a walk to the end of the West Pier. Pass by restaurants and fishing boats, sit down for a while to admire the island of Ireland's Eye and to listen to the songs of a street musician.

The outdoor market is the ideal place to buy local crafts, antiques, gifts and, in passing, fill the belly with olives and cheeses of all kinds, chocolate or some cupcakes to melt. If the hunger tightens, cut the tooth to one of your burgers or get some noodles to take, a few gyozas or a sandwich and have a picnic by the sea. Howth Castle underwent changes and improvements.

If you have time, in the grounds of the castle you will also come across the ruins of the Corr Castle and a dolmen known as Aideens Grave. Howth seals are possibly the friendliest you will find in nature. If only for the interest, they will follow you if you walk along the Western Pier of Howth, hoping that you will get them some fresh fish.

Basically a large hill surrounded by cliffs, the Howth Head with its 171 meters of height is an excellent viewpoint of the Bay of Dublin and the Wicklow county. If you like to walk, do not even think about it. On a small promontory in the highest part of town you will see a Martello Tower, one of those buildings that are repeated throughout the Irish coast. Today some are museums, other lodgings and that of Howth is a Radio Museum.

4. Wicklow

Escape on a weekend from the busy life in the capital city, and see the magical views of the greenery and a peaceful rural hicksville getting closer to the Wicklow Mountains. To enjoy a different day, schedule an excursion to the Wicklow Mountains, where you will find a dreamlike landscape and discover why it is known as the Garden of Ireland.

On the way you will pass through Kilkenny and you will also see the interesting town of Glendalough.

Grab a picnic spot at Powerscourt Waterfall, give yourself a restful, peaceful and calm time while enjoying the views at Sally Gap’s Pass and sip-in a great coffee in a charming and overwhelming village of Laragh. On the way to Portlaoise stop by to take the blessings of the almighty at St. Kevin’s Monastery.

A ride to Boyne Valley will give you some ancient monuments to explore in complemented with glaring green views. This historic town of Drogheda has some great places to visit in Ireland. One of them is St. Peters Church which gets its popularity of containing the real head an Irish Saint of 1600s named Oliver Plunket. Apart from this church, there are many other treats to your eyes like The Battle of Boyne Site, Hill of Tara, Slane Castle and many more.

The Bonus factor of this trip is having some lovely towns alongside this journey giving you the exact break-time you wish for.

5. Kilkenny

Kilkenny is the most beautiful town and you really can't stop admiring it. Kilkenny has its most beautiful castle in the centre of the city which adds to its beauty. Kilkenny is also a touristy place where people come crowding on the weekends.

6. Galway

At last this week I was able to fulfill one of my dreams and see Saint Patrick's Day celebrations in Ireland. One of the obligatory visits that you will have to make in your visit to the emerald country are the Cliffs of Moher and Galway. About 6 o'clock in the morning we began to prepare to go to the excursion. We in this case take some sandwiches, fruit and cookies. The meeting point with the guide was at 7:30 in the center of Dublin, specifically at the O'Connell Street.

The day was very rainy and something cold. So our expectations regarding time were very low, but we were with the best of attitudes. The important thing is to have left the routine. After 2 and a half hours of travel, we arrived at our first stop of the tour, Galway. Despite the occasional little nod, the journey was very entertaining with the little stories that our guide was telling us.

Despite having already been to Galway, our feeling of arrival was totally new. We arrived at the city at 10 o'clock in the morning, the perfect time to have a delicious coffee and breakfast. We brought our own sandwiches and we had a coffee at a café. We recharged energies and set off to explore the city. There was an endless amount of Celtic music, drum beats, face-painting, Guinness beer and Jameson whiskey, accompanied by the sun and the green wave.

Although we have been here several times, Galway never stops surprising us and more when you go with the family. The day could not be better, it was sunny and the temperature was nice. Galway is located is the county town of Galway on the west coast of the island. It is known as the bohemian city of Ireland, characterized by art and history.

You breathe art in every corner, and there is live music in each of them. The city is crossed by the Corrib river. We walk through its colorful streets, enjoying the urban art and the musicians that make the city even more beautiful. The stop in Galway was one hour and a half. It gave us time to visit some of its most important points like the Galway city museum, Galway market, Galway Cathedral and Hall of the Red Earl.

7. Doolin

Sail through the Burren National Park, which has won the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site and have one of the most charismatic and exquisite landscapes IN THE WORLD. This site is full of fascinating views, interesting places to visit in Ireland with an array of flora and fauna that is perfect to add some awesome, charismatic and beautiful Instagram feeds. Enjoy your lunch at Ennis Town.

We returned to the bus to take the direction of the Cliffs of Moher, the place of most interest in Ireland in recent years. After an hour and a half, we arrived at 13:15 and had two hours to enjoy the beautiful scenery. The Cliffs of Moher is located in County Clare, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. They are the oldest natural rock structures in Ireland.

They rise to a height of 120 meters above the Atlantic Ocean at the point called Hag's Head and extend for 8 kilometers to reach a height of 214 meters. From the top, you can see the Aran islands, Galway Bay and the Connemara Mountains. It is the most visited tourist attraction in Ireland, so you can find small shops in ancient caves and a restaurant.

As we take our food, we take the opportunity to have lunch at the top of the cliffs. We could not be happier, since the last time we were there was too much fog and cold. With a smile from ear to ear and after having disconnected a lot, we head to Sligo. The trip lasted about 3 hours but they flew by with the stories that our guide told us. Even on the way back, he gave us a movie recorded in Ireland.

8. Westport

Have you ever heard of Croagh Patrick? In 441 AD, Saint Patrick climbed this mountain and fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. It is one of the most challenging hikes, with loose gravel, steep angles, but worthwhile views of Clew Bay. It is said that Clew Bay has 365 islands, one for each day of the year.

9. Sligo

A visit to Sligo Town and its surrounds in early summer or October will certainly help you beat the herd, with a cracking outdoor holiday also thrown into the bargain. Locals will confirm that October is one of the best times of the year to pay them a visit.

The droves of US tourists during the summer season also means that standards for tourists are very high, and you'll not believe the quality of coffee served in the most budget-friendly bed and breakfasts and castle hotels in Ireland, which to my mind are the best places in which to lodge during your stay there.

Hostels in Dublin and Cork, Galway, Limerick are nice so it doesn't matter which one you choose. Hostels are cheap and a great way to meet people. In the students season in August, September hostels are full and crowded with a lot of students.

The people are just so warm and also very welcoming. Sligo is a very charming and laid back town, built around the rushing Garavogue river that pushes out to the Atlantic. Sligo Town's also got some absolutely great restaurants, with 'Coach Lane' still sticking in the memory, and rated 4.5 on Tripadvisor. The locals are extremely friendly without being intrusive, and there's some pretty good shopping to also be had.

It's also the perfect place to start visiting the sights around Sligo County which are a hiker's paradise and more. Personally I was very curious to travel to Streedagh Strand, which was the scene of the Armada shipwrecks which feature in my novel. The sound of the bracing ocean winds are the only disturbance in an otherwise serene and peaceful location, which is after all the westernmost edge of Europe.

The hulking peaks of the Dartry mountains run alongside the coast, which are an incredible sight to behold and lead up to a picturesque spur called Ben Bulben. These countless mountain ranges also make for some great rock-climbing, with climbing for beginners.

If the story of the Armada survivors grabs your interest, you'll certainly be familiar with the letter written by sea captain Francisco de Cuellar, who managed to somehow make his way back home to Spain following his shipwreck in Ireland.

If you pull on your hiking boots you can visit many of the locations he mentions, starting with the ruins of Staad abbey further south along the coast, which is not to mention the great lakes in the valleys of Glencar and Glenade. It was here that de Cuellar was famously put to work by a ruthless blacksmith, until he was freed by sympathetic Irish natives of the MacClancy tribe.

Following the captain's footsteps will lead you north towards Lough Melvin, which was famously frequented by Charlie Chaplin, who had a house there. If fishing's your thing you can spend hours happily seeking to catch the Gillaroo (derived from the Irish for 'red fellow') trout, which is native only to Lough Melvin.

Yet if you want to keep to the De Cuellar trail, you can head to Rossclogher and walk along the banks of Lough Melvin, where you can observe the sole surviving keep of the MacClancy chieftain, a crannog (castle on an island) which sticks out like a finger of defiance in an otherwise calm and pristine lake, also home to many white swans. The best way to shadow De Cuellar's footsteps would be with excellent guide Eddie O'Gorman (who I had the great fortune of meeting during my visit to Sligo) of Wild West Irish Tours.

The architectural and natural sights are just endless, and making your way back to Sligo you can spot the huge cairn (Irish tomb) of Queen Maeve atop the flat-topped rise of Knocknarea, which stands alongside other beautiful bays of Sligo and Ballysadare where you can ride horses along the ocean. The house of Lord Mountbatten (who tragically also met his end there) can also be seen at the beautiful inlet at Mullaghmore.

Yet it's not all about hiking, and if surfing is your thing, you can pick up a wetsuit and board and join some of the other surfers hitting the waves at Mullaghmore, as well as Strandhill, Easky and Enniscrone. Windsurfers and kitesurfers can also be spotted on the ocean, and you'll sometimes also see them in huge lakes like Lough Allen.

If relaxing on a boat is among your things to do in Ireland, you can grab a ferry to tour Lough Gill, with the captain reciting the renowned poetry of the world famous Irish poet William Butler Yeats, who spent his childhood in Sligo, even coming to think of it as his spiritual home. Yeats' tomb can also be visited at St Columba's Church, Drumcliff, a fine example of neo-Gothic architecture.

The more inquisitive visitor can also grab a boat while traveling Ireland even further westward from the Atlantic coast towards the island of Inishmurray. Three of the Armada's galleys (one of which bore De Cuellar) berthed in its inlet before they were battered upon Streedagh Strand. Inishmurray was the site of many historical pilgrimages over the centuries, with the remains of an early Monastic settlement still clearly visible.

Although you'll instantly feel at home in Sligo, there's also many other areas close by which are worth a visit. You may fancy a drive to the old garrison towns of Belleek and Ballyshannon, further north of Rossclogher, or even visit Fermanagh, once the seat of power of the Gaelic chieftain Hugh Maguire.

A southward jaunt to Ballymote Castle and Boyle is also worthwhile, but along the way make sure you park the car and make your way up the steep uphill track towards the legendary Caves of Kesh. Although the caves themselves are remarkable in size, the stunning view from them of Lough Allen and surrounds will endure long in the memory.

Driving in Ireland

You might feel like a good driver but the unfortunates can come anytime in your life especially while you are on the roads. While you are driving your vehicle on the road, you should know the rules applied by that country under the road regulations. Whether you are in any part of the world, every country has its own rules for the roads.

In this article, we are going to know about Ireland. The vehicles are driven on the left lane of the road in this country. You can easily understand its rules if you are from the country where the same lane rules apply. But there are tips we are bringing you below which you should consider while driving in Ireland.

Always stay on the Left in Ireland

As we discussed earlier, the vehicle is on the left side of the roads. The steering wheels of the cars are on the right sides. It means that the driver will stay always at the center side of the road rather than the corner sides. You must have to give this some time to properly understand the whole adjustment.

If you are from the countries where the road directions are opposite to Ireland, you can consider taking classes by a good driving school.

Go for Automatic Vehicle in Ireland

There are two types of vehicles available in Ireland, Automatic and Manual. It is good to have your hands and feet on an automatic vehicle control system rather than on a manual transmission. If you are on a narrow and unfamiliar road, an automatic vehicle will help you a lot to get rid of that situation.

Road Signs in Ireland

You should do a deep study about the road signs available on the roads of Ireland. There are very fewer road signs used in Ireland. You will find a few road signs on the long roads. So, you should know the meaning of every rare road sign which comes in your way. By doing this, you can ensure the proper understanding of the diversions, lanes, and specification of the roads.

Get Smaller Rental Cars in Ireland

While doing a car rental for your Ireland visit, you should take care of the size of the car. Small cars are easy to drive even on the narrow roads. Rather than renting big luxury SUVs, you can go for small cars in which your family can be adjusted appropriately. These cars also have comparatively less car insurance prices and also it will reduce your fuel costs.

Do not Drink and Drive in Ireland

Like any other country, Ireland also has strict regulations for a drink and drive cases. You should stay away from the driver seat if you are drunk. If you are caught by the officers in this situation, you might have to pay huge fine amounts or have to go inside the jail for some days. So, it is good to avoid
these types of road rule breakages.

Get a Learner Sign in Ireland

You might not be a learner, but if you are driving in the roads and want to stay at the safer side, you should consider getting a big L sign on your windscreen or the rear glass too. This will help you to maintain space from other vehicles because most of the people feel safe to stay away from cars with the learner signs.

If you try to implement these things while driving in Ireland, they will definitely help you to get a good travel experience in this country.

Insurance in Ireland

If you are on a road trip in Ireland or have brought a car on the rent, you should get car insurance in Ireland to cover the damages to your vehicles. It is good to have a proper backup plan in case you have to face an accident or harm to the vehicle. You should find a good insurance company and opt for the insurance according to your vehicle type, needs and time period of the stay.

Car insurance or caravan insurance or the ones who want to take the pleasure and comforts of traveling around the area in their homes, for those mobile home insurance is a must thing in Ireland. There are many good companies in Ireland who provides some inviting insurance covers for all the wanderlusts in the country. Take our advice to get your car insurance or caravan insurance or mobile home insurance done from a good insurance company to make your trip both entertaining, safe and secure.
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  1. from what you described i would definitely want to check out o'connell street to check out the buildings. absolutely love looking at architecture, just thinking about how much work went into those structures. and probably all the natural scenery you described. here's hoping i get off my butt and indulge in my travel bug at some point soon.

  2. It is a lovely place to visit. I will have to put it on my bucket list of area that I want to visit in the future. thanks for sharing.

  3. We have been to most of these places and loved Ireland. I even went back to my ancestor village. The people are wonderful. Galway is a favorite.

  4. Bookmarked! I've always wanted to go to Ireland and have been saving up! Beautiful post and it just makes me more excited!

  5. This is a great guide to touring Ireland. I would love to visit.

  6. I have always, always wanted to visit Ireland, specifically Northern Ireland, where my great-grandparents are from! I loved reading about Belfast and would love to find out more about the Titanic! Thank you for sharing your awesome trip!

    1. Yes Stephanie, Belfast is very nice place to visit yes sure you would love to find out more about the Titanic! Thank you hope you enjoy.

  7. Definitely on my go-to places list. Dublin remains a favorite but the other places are must see too.

  8. Ireland is an interesting place to visit! This is still a dream, hopefully one day we will have the budget to visit!


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