Spend Less, Do More – Ireland Driving Guide
Kiss the Blarney Stone; find a leprechaun and his pot of gold are fun reasons, if not mythical ones, to visit Ireland. In fact, the art of storytelling is rampant and many monumental sites have two explanations, the credible and the long tale. The north and south divided island offers some incredible features that make it tangibly unique, and provides some great drives in your Ireland rental car, just watch out for sheep that have little regard for roads. Time to go.
Tucked up in the northern part of Northern Ireland, and familiarly known simply as Derry, this city offers old world charm with the contemporary. The whole island is dripping in history, but Derry is the only city that has a wall around its inner periphery still completely intact and can be walked. If you prefer to have a pictorial representation of the city’s history, just outside the 17th century walls on the tourist trail, street artists have depicted scenes of the past on walls and buildings. Ireland accommodations are plentiful in this city with something for every preference.
To experience some truly incredible scenery, the 198 km (123 miles) Antrim Coast Road, also known as the Causeway Coastal Route, is a continuous revelation of jaw-dropping sights and ranks up there with some of the world’s best coastline trips. It’s possible to even see Scotland in certain areas on a clear day. Beginning this drive in Derry you’ll be able to do this easily in a day if you only go as far as the Giant’s Causeway, 64 km (40 miles), a volcanic rock formation that disappears into the ocean. By all means continue for loads of breathtaking scenery, but you’ll need to find an inn for the night if you’re staying in Derry.
What might be considered Ireland’s version of Australia’s Ayers Rock, this town has Table Mountain, or Benbulben, as a distant backdrop. Be sure to ask a local about some of the legends that abound for this geographic wonder. With world-class golf courses in the area, immense sand beaches and numerous walking trails, this town is up to the task of delivering a wonderful vacation.
A car ride to nearby Benbulben, 16 km (10 miles) is an Instagram opportunity for great photos with the ever-changing colours of this mountain depending on the time of day. There are paths up the mountain for incredible views over the countryside. Travelling a little further north is Donegal, 64 km (40 miles), with some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe found in this region. The most difficult part is deciding when to turn around and head back.
Many cities around the world lay their claim to fame for some product or industry, and for Cork it’s butter. Cork butter was made and sent to far off locations beginning in the 19th century, and it was at the Cork Butter Market where transactions were finalized. Today, although butter isn’t sold at the Market, it is now a museum detailing what was an important industry. The Cork City Gaol is also defunct, but again this oppressive building that resembles a castle can be toured. Since you’re so close, why not get your dose of charm from the Blarney Stone, 8 km (5 miles), but it’s not as easy as you might think.
When in Cork, the famous Ring of Kerry Drive can’t be missed that passes among storybook landscapes, by waterfalls, and through towns perched on the coastline. To find the road travel to Killarney, 85 km (53 miles), and 179 km (111 miles) later you’re back to where you started. The roads are often very narrow so it’s definitely not a trip you want to hurry, but you won’t regret it and keep your camera poised.
If there ever were a country where a car is important, Ireland would be it with so much to see in relatively short distances. When you use Cheaperthancars you’re getting affordability and reliability, and when teamed up with Cheaperthanhotels it’s truly an economizing combination. We really do believe that the less you spend, the more you can afford to do when you get to Ireland for your trip.
Your Cheaperthancars Team