The best Irish road trips you need to drive this summer

Updated: Aug 6

With the majority of the travel industry at a standstill, it's highly unlikely we’ll be jetting off abroad for a summer holiday this year. Although this may be disappointing for some, it allows us to explore some stunning locations closer to home. Whether you want to embrace picturesque scenery, quaint towns and villages or soak up the local culture, then there’s no better place to enjoy than Ireland.


The warm atmosphere, rich culture and breathtaking landscapes make the Emerald Isle a popular choice for locals and tourists alike. With this in mind, the gang at Chill Insurance surveyed 400 of the country’s residents to discover Ireland's most beautiful drives and the unforgettable locations you’ll experience along the way. With staycations the favoured form of holiday this summer, these drives are a must for your Ireland road trip bucket list:


3rd - Bantry to Killarney

Photography by Alejandro Luengo


The route from Bantry to Killarney finished in third place with 16% of the total vote. This drive is extremely popular thanks to the idyllic village of Glengarriff, where you can take a leisurely stroll around its harbour, before setting off on the next phase of your trip. As you head north along the N71, you’ll venture through the village of Kenmare, made popular for its bright and colourful buildings. If your trip has made you work up a bit of an appetite, then there are a number of popular places to grab a bite to eat, while enjoying the local vibe.


2nd - Galway to Westport

Photography by Tristan O Connor


Arguably one of Ireland’s most picturesque drives, it’s no wonder the route from Galway to Westport finished second in Chill’s survey, with 17% of people voting in its favour. The quaint town of Clifden is at the heart of this drive, with the mesmerising Twelve Pins mountain range providing the town's perfect backdrop.

Photography by Mateusz Delegacz


If you're considering this route, then a drive along the circular Sky Road is a must. The 11km stretch offers some of Ireland’s most picturesque views and is sure to provide the perfect ending to your trip.


1st - Dingle Peninsula

Photography by Proinsias Mac an Bheatha

Offering an abundance of pristine beaches, coves and the perfect walking routes, it’s really no surprise why the Dingle Peninsula took 35% of the vote, topping the Chill Insurance survey. The Peninsula makes up part of the Wild Atlantic Way, meaning it’s the perfect route to take in some of Europe's most breathtaking landscapes and coastal views. The Conor Pass is one of the standout features of this drive, with majestic mountains surrounding, it’s the perfect place to take a walk and embrace the scenery in the local area.

Photography: Mark Lawson


Whether you want a relaxing break this summer, or fancy experiencing some of Ireland’s most intense mountain ranges, the country has something on offer for everyone. Looking at the results of the survey, you can start to understand that you don’t need to travel abroad for the perfect summer holiday. All you need is home.


Thanks to Chill Insurance for partnering on this post!








Copyright The Bearded Irishman 2020.

All rights to original content belong to Darragh Mullooly

 |  

  • Grey Spotify Icon
  • Grey YouTube Icon
  • Grey Pinterest Icon
  • Grey Twitter Icon
  • Grey Instagram Icon