Where to go on your Irish trip
A Suggested Route for a Comprehensive Irish Tour
Ireland has more than enough places of interest to stand on its own as a tour destination, but it is often combined with England and/or Scotland in Europe tour itineraries. The following tour route is pretty comprehensive and would take around 21 days including a couple in Dublin, but you could do it faster (conceivably) or slower (preferably).
Note: links to the towns go to photo albums on the Travel Signposts website
Dublin – Kildare (National Stud) – Glendalough – Powerscourt – Avoca – Enniscorthy – Kilkenny – Waterford – Dungarvan – Youghal – Cobh – Blarney – Cork – Bantry – Glengarriff (Garinish Island) – Kenmare – Killarney – Ring of Kerry – Dingle Peninsula – Tralee – Adare – Limerick – Tipperary – Cashel – Bunratty – Cliffs of Moher – The Burren – Bog of Allen – Galway – Connemara – Clifden – Kylemore Abbey – Westport – Knock – Clonalis House – Logh Gill – Sligo – Drumcliff – Bundoran – Donegal – Omagh – Derry – Dunluce Castle – Giant’s Causeway – Bushmills – Ballycastle – Antrim Coast – Ballygally – Carrickfergus – Belfast – Drogheda – Knowth (Boyne Valley) – Dublin
Most shorter tours concentrate on the southern part of Ireland from Dublin to the Ring of Kerry.
One important thing to bear in mind if you’re driving in Ireland
One important thing to bear in mind if you’re driving in Ireland is that it takes longer than you might think to get anywhere. In some parts of the country you’ll be lucky to average 30 kph (about 20 mph) over the course of a day! No prizes for guessing that this low rate of progress is due to a combination of narrow roads, the legendary Irish vague, incomprehensible or non-existent road signs, unexpected beautiful places that you simply have to stop for, and pubs in small towns that you just have to stop for – probably to calm your nerves after that near miss on the narrow road…!
Our other Ireland pages
Travel to Ireland – a Four-leaf Clover Europe tour to be sure!