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Planning an Irish Road Trip? Here’s Where you Need to Go

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Ireland is a beautiful place with beautiful scenery, and it’s now more accessible than ever, with easy access via plane and ferry from the UK.

There are plenty of ways you can see and experience Ireland, including hiking and cycling, but driving is the best way to make the most of Ireland. Start by making sure you’ve got car insurance from chill.ie/car-insurance, the boot is packed with luggage, and you’ve got plenty of good snacks.

If you wanted to take an Irish road trip, we’ve created a list of some places you need to stop at on your adventure.


Limerick city is the third largest city in Ireland, and located on the River Shannon. You can visit King John’s Castle, a 13th Century castle located on ‘King’s Island’. The River Shannon and the Park Canal surround this piece of land, which is where it gets its name.

Horse racing is also a big part of Ireland’s history, and you can visit the relatively new Limerick racecourse. It opened in 2001, and hosts national hunt and flat racing meets.

But don’t limit yourself to Limerick city centre. You can take a hike around Lough Gur lake, or go bird watching there. You can also take a trip to Kilmallock, a small town near the border of County Cork.


A wonderful place to start on your trip, Dublin is a bustling, exciting city centre full of culture and history.

You can drive out to the Guiness Factory, and take the infamous tour, try the stout (but not too much if you’re driving!), and even get a certificate for pulling your own pint.

If history is more your thing, you can visit Kilmainham Gaol or Dublin Castle.

Wicklow Mountains

Only an hour’s drive from Dublin, the Wicklow Mountains National Park is a must see.

You can drive down the rural road, and see mountains and marshes stretching for miles. Some of this Irish scenery can be found in Braveheart and PS. I Love You, so it’s a beautiful part of the world to see for film lovers.


Waterford is your next stop on the Irish road trip. It is Ireland’s oldest city, and home to Waterford Crystal, a famous glassworks that’s been in business for 200 years. You can visit Waterford’s oldest pub too, which has been open to the public for an incredible 300 years. The structure includes one of the original city walls, thought to be around 1000 years old.

There’s so much to see and do in Ireland, more than has been listed here. But we hope we’ve given you a brief overview and provided some ideas for your Irish road trip.

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