An Unforgettable 18-Day Road Trip That’s Packed With The Best Places to Visit in Ireland

Coumshinaun Horseshoe
Photo by Muddy Boots

Hello and welcome to a road trip guide that my fingers will never forgive me for writing.

This is a detailed guide that takes in the best places to visit in Ireland over the course of 18 adventure, craic, food and pub packed days.

In a nutshell, if you gave me 18 days to drive around Ireland, this is the exact route that I’d take.

What you’ll get from reading this:
  • A full, start-to-finish, morning-to-night itinerary
  • A (literally) hour-by-hour timing guide to help you fit everything in
  • The best things to do in Ireland along the entire coast
  • Recommended places to eat (and get coffee ūüėć)
  • Recommended pubs to grab a pint
  • Recommended places to sleep

Here’s a rough guide of the route we’ll be taking

irish road trip guide

Here's what each day involves

If one of the days tickles your fancy, just click it to be taken to that section of the road trip¬†ūüćļūüćļ

Day 1 РWicklow (a hike in Glendalough, Fooooooooood, Lough Tay, the Sally Gap drive, food and pints)

Day 2 РWexford (Curracloe strand, Tintern Abbey, the oldest operational lighthouse on earth, the Copper Coast drive)

Day 3 – Waterford (the Coumshingaun Lake Walk, the Magic Road, Mahon Falls, a drive through the mountains, food and pints)

Day 4 – Cork (Cobh, the deck of cards, St. Coleman’s Cathedral, Spike Island,¬†the Old Head of Kinsale,¬†Inchydoney Beach)

Day 5 – West Cork (Brow Head, the Sheep’s Head Drive, Bantry, Healy Pass, Allihies)

Day 6 РKerry (the Dursey Island Cable Car, Kenmare, Sneem, Caherdaniel, Waterville, Driving the Skellig Ring)

Day 7 РKerry Part 2 (Valentia Island, Rossbeigh Loop Walk, Dingle)

Day 8 РKerry and Clare (Slea Head Drive, ice cream in Dingle, Conor Pass)

Day 9 РClare (Doolin cliff walk, the Doolin Cave, Inis Oirr island, Sailing below the Cliffs of Moher, Pints in Doolin)

Day 10 РClare and Galway (the Doolin to Kinvarra drive, food in Galway City, Clifden, the Sky Road)

Day 11 – Galway and Mayo (Connemara, Diamond Hill, Kylemore Abbey, Leenaun, Aasleagh Falls, Westport, Achill)

Day 12 РMayo and Sligo (The Céide Fields, Downpatrick Head, a hike in Sligo, Glencar Waterfall, Gleniff Horseshoe)

Day 13 РDonegal (Slieve League, Malin Beg, Glencolmcille Folk Village, Glengesh Pass, Glenveagh National Park)

Day 14 РDonegal Part 2 (Horn Head, Ards Forest Park, Killahoey Beach, Doe Castle, the Atlantic Drive, Lough Salt, Fanad Head, Glamping by the sea)

Day 15 РDonegal and Derry (Grianan of Aileach , Mamore Gap, Glenevin Waterfall, Malin Head, Kinnagoe Bay, Derry City Walls, Free Derry Corney)

Day 16 РAntrim (Portstewart Strand, Dunluce Castle, The Giant’s Causeway, Dunseverick Castle, Ballintoy Harbour, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, Kinbane Castle, The Torr Head Scenic Route

Day 17 РAntrim and Belfast (The Cushendun Caves, The Gobbins Cliff Path walk, Lunch in Belfast, The Crumlin Road Gaol, A Black Cab tour)

Day 18 РLouth (Carlingford, a hike up Slieve Foye, a post hike feed, Coffee, a ramble, pints and chips)

Yep, This is a long ass guide ūüćĎūüćĎ, but we’ve taken time (roughly 70 hours) to create a route for you that:

  • Ensures you experience the very best of what Ireland’s coastline has to offer
  • Takes the pain out of planning
  • Ensures you don’t miss out on visiting ammmmmazing places that you may never have heard of

Here’s Where day 1 will take us

Move onto page 2 below to check it out!