While I definitely prefer to explore Ireland by train
, that necessarily limits the trip to bigger towns and cities. Sometimes hiring a car is the way to go. You have more flexibility and can explore all of Ireland's nooks and crannies. Here are some of my favorite Irish road trips with teasers about why I think these routes are fab. Dublin to Kinsale
. Make sure to stop at the J.F. Kennedy Homestead. Did you know that Greenland white-fronted geese overwinter at the Wexford Wildfowl Reserve. It's quite the spectacle!Dublin to Waterford and Wexford for a weekend
. Stand in awe of the crashing waves at Hook Lighthouse.Dublin to Sligo
. Embrace the poetry of W.B. Yeats and stop at the Lake Isle of Innisfree.Dublin to Dingle
. Getting there (and back) is more than half the fun. Stop in to see the Flying Boat Museum in Foynes, a jealous wall in Mullingar, and the 19th century record holder for world's largest telescope at Birr Castle.Galway to Connemara
. Watch a horse race that can only take place at low tide on Omey Island.Dublin to County Clare
. See puffins from land seasonally at the Cliffs of Moher.
Have you tried any of these drives?
Where should we go on our next road trip?
Jennifer (aka Dr. J)Sidewalk Safari