30 Scenic Drives In Ireland To Do At Least Once In Your Life Time

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There’s no end to the number of scenic drives in Ireland.

From short and sweet spins to lengthy routes with oodles (yes… oodles!) of scenery, our little island packs a mighty punch when it comes to road trip routes.

In the guide below, you’ll find 30 of the most scenic drives in Ireland.

Expect everything from roads that hug the coast and mountain loops to valleys, waterfalls and plenty more.

1. The Inishowen 100 (Donegal)

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The Inishowen Scenic Drive (often referred to as the ‘Inishowen 100’) is a 160km (100 mile – hence the name) scenic drive or cycle that loops around the windswept Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal.

The route takes in many of the peninsulas top natural attractions that’ll have you oohing, ahhing and saying ‘Good shite look at that!’ from start to finish.

Directions and drive time

You’ll want to allow at least 4 to 5 hours (with stops… lots of stops) to complete the Inishowen scenic drive. 

Here’s a full guide to the drive with a load of the best stops, from waterfalls and beaches to the mighty Mamore Gap and Dunree Head.

2. The Lismore Loop (Waterford and Tipperary)

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Next up is a lovely looped drive that takes in sections of counties Waterford and Tipperary. 

The drive kicks off at Lismore in County Waterford (you can hop out for a nosey at Lismore Castle) before moving into Tipperary, to the mighty Vee.

It’s here that the drive reaches its highest point, and you’ll be treated to views out over the gorgeous Knockmealdown Mountains.

Directions and drive time

The total drive time for this scenic drive is 1 hour and 10 minutes, according to Google Maps.

However, like all of the drives in this guide, allow extra time for hopping out of the car and admiring the view.

There are several different points you’ll need to aim for during this drive. I’ve whacked them into a Google Map for you to follow.

3. The Slieve Gullion Forest Park Drive (Armagh)

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The Slieve Gullion Forest Park Drive is a section of the longer Ring of Gullion driving/cycling route, and it’s pretty damn special.

The Ring of Gullion is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Armagh. The highlight of the drive is Slieve Gullion, the highest peak in the county.

The drive here is one of my favourites in Ireland. If you do it on a clear day, you’ll get spectacular views of patchwork-like green fields that look like they’ve been whipped from a painting.

Directions and drive time

This is a very handy drive to follow. Aim for Slieve Gullion Forest Park and follow the road to the top (it’s one-way).

The drive here goes on for 12.8km and follows a narrow road through lush forest before it opens up, offering views like the one above.

From the top, on a clear day, you’ll get stunning views out across the Ring of Gullion, the Mourne Mountains and the Cooley Peninsula.

4. Priest’s Leap Drive (Cork and Kerry)

Priest's Leap Drive
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If you’re looking to explore hidden Ireland, get yourself out and on the almost other-worldly Priest’s Leap Drive in County Cork.

Now, if you’re thinking ‘What in the f*ck is Priest’s Leap when it’s at home’, you’re probably not the only one – Priest’s Leap is a very narrow mountain pass that links Coomhola Bridge with the village of Bonane.

It’s pretty much a single lane for a good chunk of the drive, which is why it made it onto our guide to Ireland’s craziest roads.

Don’t let this put you off – this is a brilliant unspoiled scenic Irish drive that treats you to panoramic views of everywhere from Bantry Bay to the Caha Mountains.

Directions and drive time

The last couple of times that I’ve done this drive, I kicked it off from Bantry, in Cork. The drive itself only took a little over an hour, but we stopped several times to soak up views.

Give yourself 2 hours to be safe. If you’re a nervous driver, this route will test you a little. If you’re a very nervous driver, avoid this drive when the weather is bad.

5. The Copper Coast (Waterford)

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The Copper Coast boasts one of the most scenic drives in Ireland, however, many that visit the county tend to miss it, opting to stay in the city.

This drive takes in the Copper Coast European Geopark, an area of immense natural beauty.

This drive will get you up close with endless seascapes, rugged cliffs, beautiful beaches and coves and lots of lovely little towns and villages.

Directions and drive time

If you were to drive from Tramore to Dungarvan straight, without any stops, it’d take you the guts of an hour.

Now, naturally enough you’re going to want to slow right down and hop out of your car or off of your bike regularly, so you’ll want to allow 3 to 4 hours, at least.

You can kick your drive off from Tramore or Dungarvan and follow the coast for the entire journey. Here are some places worth stopping off at:

  • Dunhill Castle
  • Bunmahon Beach
  • Clonea Strand 
  • Ballydownane Bay
  • Kilmurrin Beach
  • Dunabrattin Head

6. The Portsalon to Fanad Drive (Donegal)

Ballymastocker Bay Donegal
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There are few scenic drives in Ireland that I love as much as the one that kicks off in Rathmullen in Donegal (you can kick it off from the opposite side if you’re approaching from Downings).

This drive starts to sprinkle its magic as you begin to approach Ballymastocker Bay. The road starts off nice and narrow, and cuts through some quiet country roads, with brilliant views out towards Inishowen.

Then the fun really begins. When the sand on Ballymastocker starts to come into view, you’ll have that knock-you-on-your-arse moment. 

Hop out at the beach and head for a ramble. From here, continue on towards Fanad Lighthouse. You’ll zip through lots of lush green Irish countryside before arriving at the mighty lighthouse.

Directions and drive time

This drive is pretty short from start to finish (roughly 35 minutes if you start in Rathmullen), however, you’ll pad it out with a number of stops.

Keep an eye out for the little lookout point when Ballymastocker Bay comes into view. You’ll catch a magnificent view from here.

You could also start this drive from the Kerrykeel side. If you do approach from Kerrykeel, make sure that you aim for Glenvar and then head on to Portsalon from there.

Here’s a route plotted out on Google Maps that you can follow.

7. The Northern Glens Trail (Cavan, Fermanagh, Leitrim and Sligo)

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The lengthy 385km Northern Glens Trail is another scenic Irish drive that you rarely hear about online (here’s a handy map that’ll give you an idea of the route).

This driving/cycling route passes through four counties (Fermanagh, Leitrim, Sligo and Cavan) and treats those that spin along it to mighty views with plenty of lakes, waterfalls and mountains.

Directions and drive time

You could do this full loop over the course of 5 or 6 hours, if you wanted to keep it to one day, or you could lengthen your trip a bit and explore more of the areas that you spin through.

If you have a bit of time, explore Leitrim – it’s home to endless things to do. As are counties Fermanagh, Cavan and, it probably goes without saying, Sligo.

8. The Cooley Peninsula Scenic Drive (Louth)

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Ah, the Cooley Peninsula, another relatively under-explored chunk of Ireland that’s home to a wallop of adventure opportunities.

The Cooley Peninsula Scenic Drive is another one that’s often missed by those visiting Ireland which is a shame, as the area is steeped in mythology and home to many a mighty view.

Directions and drive time

There’s an 80km drive around the Cooley Peninsula that starts in Dundalk, whips around Carlingford, by the lough, and then finishes in Newry.

Over the course of the drive (here it is on a map), you’ll pass through the gorgeous little town of Carlingford and catch beautiful views out over the lough and onto the Mournes.

9. The Gleniff Horseshoe Drive (Sligo)

gleniff horseshoe sligo
Photo by Hugh Sweeny via Failte Ireland

The Gleniff Horseshoe Drive is one of the most scenic drives in Ireland. That is until you do it on a misty day (happened to me a couple of months ago) and you can barely see out the window…

This drive (or walk/cycle) takes you on a roughly 10km loop that’s enveloped from start to finish by spectacular mountain and forest views.

Directions and drive time

This is a fairly short drive. You should allow at least an hour for stops. Ideally, you’d head off for a ramble here, as the scenery is breath-taking.

It’s also a loop, so it’s nice and easy to follow. Here’s a map with the starting point on it for you to aim for.

10. The Ring of Beara Drive (Cork)

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If you’ve read any of the Irish road trip guides on this website that include Cork, you’ll hear me rant away about the Beara Peninsula. This little corner of Ireland is Ireland at its wildest.

The Ring of Beara Drive is 137km long and takes around 2 hours to drive in total. However, the beauty of the Beara Peninsula is that there tends to be something to discover down many of the little side roads, so allow plenty of time for discovering hidden gems.

Directions and drive time

The Ring of Bear Drive is the second-best way to explore the incredible Beara Peninsula. The first is by foot, as it’s home to some of the best walks on the Wild Atlantic Way.

The entire route is 137kms long and can be conquered in 2.5 hours if you’re stuck for time. However, you really want at least 4 or 5 hours to explore.

Kick your drive off in either the gorgeous little town in Kenmare or on the opposite side of the peninsula, from Bantry. Here’s a full route to follow.

11. The Lough Corrib Scenic Loop (Galway to Mayo)

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The Lough Corrib drive is perfect for those of you visiting Galway and that fancy escaping the city for a bit. It treats those that spin along it to ever-changing scenery, castles, gorgeous lake views and plenty more.

This is a roughly 15km looped drive that kicks off from Galway City and that spins around Logh Corrib, taking in everywhere from Maam Cross to Cong Village (Mayo) before looping back to the city.

Directions and drive time

If you drive the loop without stopping it’d take you just over an hour to complete, but allow 4 hours and take time to stop and explore. 

Here’s a map of the route for you to follow. 

12. The Atlantic Drive (Mayo)

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The drive on Achill Island is one of my favourites in Ireland. If you’ve never been to Achill, it’s a gorgeous little island off the coast of Mayo that’s connected to the mainland via a very handy bridge.

The drive here (I think it’s called the Atlantic Drive, but I’ve a feeling that one only does part of the route that I’m about to describe) is one that you’ll yearn to do time and time again.

Directions and drive time

There are a couple of highlights on this scenic drive. The first is the stretch of road between Cloughmore and Ashleam.

It stretches for around 4.5km before you reach a little parking area that offers incredible views down over Ashleam Bay. There’s a lovely bendy road here that you’ll need to take your time on. The second highlight is the magnificent Keem Bay.

Here’s a map of the route for you to follow. If you were to follow this route from start (Achill Sound) to finish (Keem Bay) it’d take you just over an hour.

13. The Slea Head Drive (Kerry)

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The Slea Head Drive in Kerry is a beautiful stretch of road that’s up there with the most scenic drives in Ireland.

Now, personally I’ve never found this road in any way troublesome, but I’ve talked to a fair few tourists that have lost their shit while driving it.

For the most part, there’s plenty of space for two cars. Sure there are spots where you’ll need to give way for someone to pass, but that shouldn’t be anything too stressful.

Directions and drive time

You could drive the entire Slea Head loop in 2 or 3 hours. You could, but you shouldn’t. The more time you have here the better.

Ideally, you’d dedicate half a day to the drive, to allow you to hop out at will and head off exploring.

Here’s a full detailed guide to the Slea Head drive that you can follow.

14. The Burren Scenic Loop (Clare)

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Next up is the brilliant Burren Scenic Loop. This is a 155km loop that’ll take you through the Burren National Park where you’ll find one of the most unique landscapes on earth. 

It also takes in plenty more of Clare’s top attractions along with a load of places that rarely grace the cover of tourist guides, but that still pack a fine punch.

There’s a looped drive here that almost looks like a figure 8 when seen from above. I’ve changed this up a little to bring in Father Ted’s House and more of the Burren.

Directions and drive time

You’ll start and finish the Burren Drive in the village of Ballyvaughan. If I was doing this drive tomorrow, I’d follow this route. Here are just some of the places the route will take you to:

15. The Sally Gap Drive (Wicklow)

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Next up is the fantastic Sally Gap Drive in Wicklow. I like to kick the drive off in the little village of Roundwood in Wicklow, as I’ll usually nip into a shop and grab a cup of coffee. 

Any time that I spin along the road towards the Sally Gap in Wicklow, I tend to get a little feeling that I’m the last person left on earth.

This drive is special and it takes in everything from mountain views and lakes to waterfalls and plenty more.

Directions and drive time

I like to kick the drive off in the little village of Roundwood. From here, make your way up to the ‘Lough Tay Viewing Point’, as it’s listed on Google Maps.

The route from Lough Tay couldn’t be more straightforward. Here’s a full map of the route that you can follow from start to finish if you’d prefer a bit of guidance.

16. The Mount Leinster Heritage Drive (Carlow)

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The Mount Leinster drive is a 75km drive through the lush countryside of Carlow, passing through a clatter of lovely little towns and villages.

Over the course of this spin, you’ll be treated to spectacular views of the Blackstairs Mountains and Mount Leinster.

The highlight of the drive is the Nine Stones Viewing Point. From here, on a clear day, you’ll be able to see counties Carlow, Laois, Kildare, Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny and the mountains of Tipperary.

Directions and drive time

Like many of the other scenic Irish drives in this guide, the drive itself, from start to finish, is pretty short at just over an hour.

However, you’ll want to allow twice that, at least, for stops. You could also add in the likes of a visit to Huntington Castle if you fancied.

Here’s a full route to follow, to give you an idea of which way to go. Feel free to deviate off the road and stop whenever your fancy is tickled.

17. The Comeragh Mountains Drive (Waterford)

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Photo via Google Maps

We’re back to Waterford next for a spin that rivals many of the Wild Atlantic Way – the Comeragh Drive.

If you do the Copper Coast Drive that we mentioned earlier, you could easily loop in the Comeragh Mountains to give your road trip a bit more length.

The Comeragh Drive explores chunks of counties Waterford and Tipperary, via the mighty Comeragh Mountains. Highlights on this drive include Mahon Falls and the magic road.

Directions and drive time

This drive kicks off in the buzzy town of Dungarvan and follows the R672 into Ballymacarbry village.

It then continues on up to the Nire Valley, before turning south and heading up towards the 240-foot Mahon Falls.

The total driving time for this, according to Google Maps, is 1 hour and 9-minute drive, but allow more time for stops at the likes of Mahon Falls. Here’s a route to follow.

18. The Causeway Coastal Route (Antrim)

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Views along the route: Photo by Arthur Ward

The Causeway Coastal Route was rated as one of the top road trips in the world a few years back, by some American magazine. 

This stretch of road offers the perfect combo of rugged coast, dramatic cliffs and gorgeous little villages and towns.

For those of you looking to drive the entire 313km route, you’ll be treated to endless adventure opportunities – just set aside 3-5 days to give yourself enough time to soak it all up.

Directions and drive time

I’ve driven this route over the course of a weekend and I’ve driven it in 5 hours. The entire journey itself isn’t overly long, but the sheer volume of things to see and do clocks up time.

Allow a day at the very least to explore the area. Highlights include:

19. Glengesh Pass (Donegal)

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We’re back to Donegal next for a drive that’ll take you between the towns of Glencolumbkille and Ardara, via the incredible Glengesh Pass.

Over the course of a 40-minute drive, you’ll be treated to views of many a mountain, valley and gorgeous countryside. You’ll also spin along the very bendy road above.

Directions and drive time

I’ve done this one a good few times over the years, and it’s best done from the Ardara side, if possible.

This is a really straightforward drive from start to finish. Grab a coffee from Ardara and take the drive nice and slow.

You’ll find a nice lookout area just as you reach the Glengesh Pass. You can hop out here and soak up the view.

20. The Hook Peninsula Coastal Drive (Wexford)

Hook head at sunset
Photo by Hook Tourism via Failte Ireland

The Hook Peninsula is another little corner of Ireland that tends to get missed on many Ireland itineraries and road trip routes.

This is a wild part of County Wexford that boasts an absolute tonne of history, scenery and things to do (along with the most haunted house in Ireland).

Directions and drive time

Now, you can start this drive from any point, depending on where you’re approaching from. The ideal route, in my opinion, starts at Tintern Abbey.

From here, make your way across to Duncannon Fort, continue down to Dollar Bay, move further down to Templetown Church and on to Loftus Hall.

The road trip climaxes at Hook Head Lighthouse. The route takes just over an hour but you’ll need much longer to allow for stops. Here’s a map of the route to follow. 

21. The Leenaun To Louisburgh Drive (Galway and Mayo)

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Photo by Chris Hill

If you’ve visited this website before you’ll have heard me ramble on about the drive from Leenaun (Galway) to Louisburgh (Mayo).

And rightly so. It’s a fantastic scenic drive that’s a nice bit off-the-beaten-track, which means you’ll never find it swarmed with people.

This is another drive that, in my opinion, showcases Ireland at its best – unspoiled scenery meets quiet countryside in an area of immense natural beauty that clears the head like no other.

Directions and drive time

You can leave from either side. If you leave from Leenaun, you’ll start your drive with incredible views out over Killary Harbour. It’s then a short drive to the first stop, Aasleagh Falls.

You’ll follow a road with the harbour on one side and a big aul mountain on the other until you meet the inky waters of Doo Lough. The views here are absolutely brilliant.

The drive from Leenaun to Louisburgh only takes around 40 minutes but allow an hour at least with stops.

22. The Sheep’s Head Drive (Cork)

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The Sheep’s Head Peninsula is another glorious section of the Wild Atlantic Way that tends to get missed by those visiting the area.

The scenic drive here is a 70km looped drive that hugs the coast from start to finish and that takes in endless coastal views.

If you can, try and stay near the peninsula and get in some walking. There are heaps of trails here to explore.

Directions and drive time

You can start your drive on either side of the peninsula (Durrus or Bantry). Set off and follow your nose.

Sheep’s Head is one of those corners of Ireland that just seems to have little nuggets hidden around every bend. Here’s a full route for you to follow.

23. Yeats County Loop (Sligo)

A Colourful Benbulben in sligo
Photo by Chris Hill

We’re back to Sligo next for a drive that offers some of the finest mountain views on the Wild Atlantic Way.

The official name for this scenic drive is the ‘Yeats County and Lough Gill Scenic Loop’. It’s a lovely drive that starts and finishes in Sligo town.

Over the course of your spin, you’ll visit Rosses Point, Drumcliffe, Benbulben Mountain, Lough Gill and the beautiful town of Strandhill.

Directions and drive time

Allow around 4 hours to complete this looped drive. There’s an endless amount of scenery to soak up in Sligo, and there’s plenty of places to hop out and wander at will.

If you’re peckish, nip into Strandhill and grab a bite to eat. Or pick up a coffee and head for a saunter along the beach. Here’s a full route to follow.

24. Ballaghbeama Pass (Kerry)

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If you read our recent guide to the Ballaghbeama Pass you’ll have seen me rant and rave about this part of Kerry. If you want to dodge the tourists on the Ring of Kerry, give this drive a crack.

You’ll find the Ballaghbeama Gap/Pass between Blackwater and Glencar, where it boasts mountainous views and a landscape that feels like it hasn’t changed in hundreds of years.

Ballaghbeama Pass cuts through the mountains smack bang in the centre of the magnificent Iveragh Peninsula. This route is isolated, unspoiled and feels other-worldly, at times!

Directions and drive time

The drive from Blackwater to Glencar via the Ballaghbeama Pass should only take you around 40 minutes, but allow an hour and a bit for stops. If you’re a nervous driver, be warned that the road here is very narrow in places.

You won’t meet anywhere near the traffic that you will on the Ring of Kerry but it can be a little tricky to find space to pull in, at times. Here’s a full route to follow.

25. The Torr Head Scenic Route (Antrim)

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If you aren’t put off by driving along a very narrow road, this one’s for you. The ‘alternative route’ to Ballycastle in Antrim is called the Torr Head Scenic Drive.

It clings to the coast and takes you along narrow roads and up steep hills way above the sea. The route will take you to Torr Head, on to Murlough Bay and along many a narrow and bendy road towards Ballycastle.

Directions and drive time

If you leave from Ballycastle or Cushendun, the Torr Head Scenic Route shouldn’t take you any longer than 40 minutes.

Leave time to spin down to Torr Head. You can park the car here and climb up a little hill for a view out towards Scotland. Here’s a full route to follow.

26. The Loop Head Drive (Clare)

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Another great drive on the Wild Atlantic Way takes you out to Loop Head Lighthouse where you’ll have a heap of coastal views to soak up.

The Loop Head Peninsula is as wild and as remote as they come. You’ll find it in the most Westerly point of Clare where it’s home to a big aul lighthouse, lots of coastal views and a fine sea stack.

Directions and drive time

Kick your drive off from the little seaside town of Kilkee. There’s a big beach here if you fancy a stroll and there are also some craggy cliffs to have a nosey at.

Continue down along the peninsula towards Loop Head. It’ll take you just under 40 minutes to reach the lighthouse. 

Park the car just in front of the lighthouse and walk around the back. You’ll get some great views of a big aul sea stack here.

If you walk back towards the carpark and continue on straight ahead, you’ll see some more incredible coastal scenery.

27. The Skellig Ring (Kerry)

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Photo by Tom Archer

The Skellig Ring envelopes an area to the west of the Ring of Kerry, between the towns of Cahersiveen and Waterville.

Those that drive or cycle along this glorious route can expect an unspoiled peninsula with windy roads, gorgeous towns and a backdrop of mountains and islands that’ll make you want to stop the car (or bike) at every turn.

The area is remote, isolated and surrounded by some of the most stop-you-in-your-tracks scenery that you’ll experience in this neck of the woods.

Directions and drive time

You can kick this drive off from Cahersiveen or Waterville. The entire loop will take 80 minutes to drive, but you’ll need at least 3 hours to do this properly.

Here’s a map of the route that you can follow. Highlights include the Kerry Cliffs and Valentia Island. 

28. The Sky Road (Galway)

Sky road clifden things to do county galway
Photo by Christian McLeod

The Sky Road in Clifden is one of the most picturesque areas in Connemara. There’s a lovely circular route here that, over the course of 16km, takes in a heap of scenery.

This route is handy enough to follow. Leave Clifden town and follow the signposts. You’ll start uphill when you leave the town and approach the Sky Road.

Directions and drive time

There are two roads here: an upper road and a lower road. The upper road tends to get the most footfall as it offers views out over the areas gorgeous landscape.

There’s a nice looped drive here (here’s the route) that takes around 45 minutes in total, but allow more time for stops.

29. The Ring of Kerry (Kerry)

The Killarney Lakes in Kerry
Photo by Chris Hill

Ah, the Ring of Kerry – a picturesque loop that takes you to wild, rugged islands, along gorgeous sandy beaches and through dramatic mountain passes.

If you just drove the ring (not what we’ll be doing – keep reading), you could complete it in between 3 to 4 hours, but you wouldn’t get to soak up the best of what it has to offer.

We’ve a slightly alternative route that’ll add some drive time onto your road trip (do it over two days, if possible) but it’ll be well worth it.

Directions and drive time

We’ve created a detailed guide to the Ring of Kerry that you can follow if you fancy giving this drive a lash.

The route in the guide is a little different to the ‘official’ route but it packs in a load more scenery and things to do.

30. The Boyne Valley Scenic Drive

trim castle county meath
Photo by Tony Pleavin via Tourism Ireland

I’m not overly sure if the Boyne Valley Drive fits into the ‘scenic drive’ category. I fully expect a heap of abuse in the comments section for that statement, but bear with me…

Although you won’t be treated to scenic views like the other drives above, you’ll explore an area with 9,000+ of history and a clatter of incredible sites.

There are few places in Ireland with so many attractions (that are worth visiting!) all within such close proximity. 

Directions and drive time

This drive packs in a crazy amount of places to visit. If you follow this route you’ll visit a ridiculous amount of attractions, like:

  • Bru Na Boinne
  • The Hill of Tara
  • Trim Castle
  • Loughcrew Cairns
  • Kells High Crosses
  • Mellifont Abbey
  • Slane Castle
  • Monasterboice
  • A load of historical sites in Drogheda (see them here)

What scenic drives in Ireland have we missed?

I’ve no doubt in my mind that we’ve missed some great drives. If you’ve driven a route recently that you loved, let me know below.

If you’ve driven any of the routes above and loved ’em, let me know, too!

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Very interesting list, not sure which one of those I haven’t done yet to start on! One you might’ve wanted to include is the Conor Pass in Dingle, stunning!

  2. Well I’ve done The Sky Road, the Inishowen Peninsula, The Rathmullan to Fanad, the Leanaun to Louis burgh, the Loop Head, and I live on the Sally Gap so not a bad start. Feeling a slight prejudice against the South West which I’ll have to get handle on.

  3. Brilliant. We have done 18 of these drives. Some of them several times, like the Doo Lough drive. One year we rented a thatched cottage for a week, halfway up the Glengesh Pass !

  4. The Carlingford loop. Newry – Warrenpoint – Rostrevor – Greecastle – FERRY – Greenore – Carlingford – Omeath – Black Mountain – Newry.

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