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6 Road Trips in Ireland your Kids will Love

Date Published 07.08.2019
Topic Car Insurance

6 Road Trips in Ireland your Kids will Love

Ireland’s natural beauty and sensational views are incomparable with anywhere else in the world. From rugged cliffs to ancient ruins and blue flag beaches to coastal caves, our country has so much to offer. Summer is the perfect time to bundle the family into the car and take a road trip to see some of the most beautiful and impressive spots in Ireland. Here’s our list of 6 road trips in Ireland that your kids are going to love: 

 

The Ring of Kerry

1. The Ring of Kerry 

The Ring of Kerry is over 180km long and marks the beginning (or the end) of the Wild Atlantic Way - depending which direction you’re travelling. One of the most famous road trips in Ireland, the Ring of Kerry takes a day to drive through if you want to stop at the attractions along the way. The looped route passes through Killarney, Kenmarre, Sneem, Caherdaniel, Cahersiveen, Glenbeigh, Killorglin and then arrives back at Killarney.

Along the way you’ll see amazing beaches, ring forts, castles, waterfalls, magnificent views and slip roads that will bring you to the sea! Plan your route and pick what attractions you’d like to visit. If you have time to venture off track,  we recommend paying a visit to Dingle and tasting some brown bread ice cream at Murphy’s!

 

 

The Cliffs of Moher

2. The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher stretch for 5km along the rugged coast of County Clare and are a must-see for natives and tourists alike. These impressive cliffs are complemented with a visitor centre, cafe, walking trails and the most breath-taking views you’ll ever see. When taking a road trip to the cliffs you’ll be charged €6 entry per car and this includes access to the visitor centre. Take care when visiting, stay on the trail, wear shoes with grip and don’t stand at the edge to take a photo. 

There’s lots to see and do near the cliffs in Clare. Why not expand your road trip and visit Father Ted’s house for a cup of tea or head to Lahinch for a spot of surfing? 

 

Boyne Valley

3. Boyne Valley

Part of Ireland’s Ancient East, the Boyne Valley Drive is full of historical spots that were the location for some of Ireland’s oldest battles and the seat of the High Kings of Ireland. 

Beginning in Drogheda, you can first visit St Peter’s Church - home to the head of Oliver Plunkett don’t you know. From there, follow the signs for the Boyne Valley Drive. You’ll pass the Battle of the Boyne visitor centre and then you can head to Newgrange, a UNESCO world heritage site. Newgrange is a manmade burial mound that is among some of the oldest manmade structures in the world, even older than the pyramids of Egypt.

 

The Wicklow Mountains

4: The Wicklow Mountains

Just a short distance from Dublin, The Wicklow Mountains are home to spectacular views, walking trails and a rich historic past.

When driving from Dublin, it’ll take just under an hour to reach the Sally Gap and from there you can follow the road to Laragh and then progress on to Glendalough. At Glendalough you’ll see a well-preserved round tower and monastery that was built almost a thousand years ago. There’s also a visitor centre and you can take a number of trails and walking routes around the lake and surrounding area. We recommend that you bring comfy walking shoes and pack a picnic for some lakeside lunch.

 

The Causeway Coastal Route

5. The Causeway Coastal Route

Dubbed as one of the greatest drives on earth, The Causeway Coastal Route is not to be missed. Spanning from Belfast to Derry (or vice versa), there’s a huge collection of attractions to see along the way, some of which include: 

  • Belfast City

  • Carrickfergus Castle - built in 1177

  • The Gobbins Cliffs - with trails, caves, suspension bridges and cliff edge views

  • Carnfunnock Country Park - activities, camping, gardens and golf course

  • Slemish - extinct volcano that Saint Patrick called home for six years

  • Glenarm Castle and Walled Garden - ancestral home of the Earls of Antrim

  • The Glens of Antrim - scenic walks and waterfalls

  • The Dark Hedges - Ireland’s most photographed road and Game of Thrones filming location

  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge - the only way to access Carrick-a-Rede

  • White Park Bay - spectacular sandy beach

  • The Giant’s Causeway - an Area of Outstanding Beauty and Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage Site

 

The Copper Coast Drive

6. The Copper Coast Drive

The Copper Coast drive runs from Wexford to Dungarvan in County Waterford and is around 170km long. There’s a host of sandy beaches and rocky coves to see along the way, but the route is undoubtedly best known for the Global Geopark in Bunmahon - a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here there is a visitor centre where you can learn about the copper mining that took place between the 18th and 19th centuries. 

This route is perfect for a range of activities. You can take a dip and swim at one of the sandy beaches, try your hand at kite surfing and cycle along the Waterford Greenway. 

Other sights along the way include; Johnstown Castle, Tintern Abbey, Hook Head Lighthouse and Dunhill Castle.

 

Whichever route you choose to take make sure you and your family are protected with a comprehensive or third party fire and theft insurance policy. Get an online car insurance quote in just minutes with AIG

 

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