Ireland road trip 7 days: For me, it went to the west coast of Ireland last year. More specifically, in the counties Kerry and Cork. The routes and” Drives ” we drove with the car rental, which was a little challenge with these small, sweet but damn narrow streets and then also with left-hand traffic, but at the latest after a day we got used to it. If you prefer to experience the country with your backpack, you can also run the same routes. Here and there there are even extra hiking trails directly over the lush green, wild hills.
Green meadows and lots of sheep are the things
that may come to your mind first when you think of Ireland. But the small
Atlantic island has much more to offer. You expect endless adventures and above
all incredibly beautiful and varied landscapes. From 600m high cliffs,
fjords, mountains and beaches to a limestone desert, you can see everything
within a few days!
Surfing, coasteering, rock climbing, whale
watching and sea kayaking on the coast will take you
from adventure to adventure while inland cool treks, mountain biking trails and
via ferratas add up to an adrenaline rush. Throughout the Irish wilderness,
you’ll find ancient ruins, stone circles, and other remnants of the Celts that
cause goosebumps! The coolest thing about Ireland, however, are the
people who welcome you everywhere with plenty of time and a great dose of black
humor from the start as one of them!
Atlantic way ireland
Why is Ireland’s Western so wonderful for a
road trip? The answer to this is only three words: Wild Atlantic Way.
The Wild Atlantic Way (Irish Slí on Atlanta
Fhiáin) stretches for over 2500 km along the west coast of Ireland. The famous
coastal road begins in Ireland’s north (in County Donegal) and ends in the
south of Ireland in Kinsale. The Wild Atlantic Way has been around since 2014
and is considered one of the longest contiguous coastal roads in the world.
Spectacular views, wonderful landscapes and lots of driving or hiking fun await
Ring of kerry tour
The small town of Kenmare is about half an hour
away from Kerry Airport. Colorful houses, lively Pubs, a sweet Church in
the middle and at every corner there is free Wi-Fi and lots of nice and
open-minded people. Kenmare is also known as” the Jewel in the Ring
of Kerry”, as it is the starting point for a tour of one of Ireland’s most
famous hiking trails: the 179-kilometer-long Ring of Kerry.
The West Coast has several islands, which in
turn have right panoramic coastal roads. The Ring of Kerry is often also
preferred by tour groups because here you have not only wonderful views but
also a lot of old walls, stone rows, and Forts on the way.
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My tip: Always keep on the “Ladies View”. You have to experience
this! From here you can look over the lakes of Killarney National Park.
From all the places I’ve seen on Ireland’s
West Coast, this small place has surprised me the most. From Kenmare, we
made a trip to the next Peninsula, the Beara Peninsula. First,
completely inconspicuous and only visible when you are in the middle, Glengarriff
lies amid green hills. It consists of a single intersection, on whose main
street Everything takes place. But the small village has it fist-thick behind
the ears. The three or
four Pubs alternate well every evening with
their events and so here in the summer old and young music together under the
free starry sky. Everyone is allowed to join and play a song if they want to
and all sing-along.
Who thinks this is all, he’s wrong. If you go a
bit further into the woods, towards the water, you can sometimes even see wild
seals sunning on the warm stones, while only a few meters next child by child
jumps from the jetty into the cool wet.
Back over the Pass, past Kenmare and a bit into
the country. Here Comes My favorite city: Killarney. There is an old,
heroic mansion here, whose family has gone to Ruin many centuries ago to make
the environment chic for Queen Victoria who wanted to visit. Back then, the
property went back to the country and now it is a national park. Do you
remember the “Ladies View” in the vicinity of Kenmare? These three
lakes belong here. If you are looking for a boat trip, for example, can make
this on the Lough Leane to Innisfallen Island.
If you walk through the Gap of Dunloe,
that is, through the gap between two mountain chains, you’ll get out of this
very Lake. Here, I have had the most wonderful boat tour of my life, with funny
stories of Homer Simpson Island (a small island on the lakes, which looks like
a reclining Homer), and interesting historical facts. In the evening it is not
as quiet as in the previous places. Killarney is a bit more touristy and
accordingly large is the offer. Here you will find not only small, nice Pubs,
but also nightclubs, Shisha and cocktail bars.
Admittedly, if you drive (or wander) the Ring
of Kerry along the coast towards the north, you will pass some great, small
places. But a little stopover in Eyeries must be. You haven’t seen so
many colorful cottages with a view of the Atlantic. There are activities in the
evening as well, but otherwise, not much going on. For this, a small Café on Main
Street is just waiting for you to take your tea and Scones break there.
The nice, older lady who runs the shop has long
sat down to us and told stories about the times when Ireland was far from a
destination. In Eyeries it is said: breath briefly, take a break and enjoy the
rest. If you want, you can also walk down to the beach from here. If there were
not the full clotheslines in the gardens, you could almost think that there is
no one living there at all. Fun fact: in Ireland Beach is also called
Tips for Ireland’s West Coast: 5th Dingle-home
of “Fungie the dolphin” and extraordinary Pubs
A peninsula further north, but still in County
Kerry, there is again a beautiful road along the coast. The “Slea Head
Drive” you should go or-run once. Also, you simply come in the small
(you see, really big is not a place here) Port station Dingle below.
Ireland road trip 7 days My tip: there is the Money Back Guarantee if you do not see the dolphin, but I assure you: you can always see it! Who wants to save 10 – 15€, simply running along the beach in the direction of the sea. Here you can watch Fungie sometimes from near, sometimes from far.
More tips for Ireland’s West coast
is looking for a nice place for a night, is in Glengariff just right. Here you
can take a wonderful day trip to one of the surrounding garden islands. On Garnish
Island there is a wonderful Italian-looking Park with a water pond and a
few opportunities for refreshments. When you’re back in Glengariff, you can end
the evening with live music in one of the many Pubs.
Cliffs Of Moher:
they are not an INSIDER’s tip, but some of Ireland’s West Coast travel tips
might include some of Ireland’s most famous cliffs. The Cliffs Of Moher are a
Must See on such a trip. It is worth hiking on-site at Hag’s Head
because there are not too many tourists and you can enjoy the fantastic view
almost alone. You can stay overnight after or before the tour in the fishing
village of Doolin.
music, fantastic food, and Gaelic culture. In Galway, the dull droning of
Ireland is waiting for you and honestly, that’s such fun! In addition to many
great Restaurants, Bars, and Pubs, there are some tips: the Crane Bar On Sea
Road, the Pub “The Quays”, which is located in a church and the
cheese shop of Sheridan’s Cheesemongers. Even if Galway is not as big as
Ireland, a bit of Metropolitan spirit is spraying the village kind of already!
Also worthwhile from Galway: a trip to the Aran Islands.
Rock of Cashel: if
you want to go to Dublin and get across the country, we can recommend a short
visit to the Rock of Cashel. The mountain is referred to as a Monument
of Irish history and was regarded for centuries as the seat of spirits and
fairies. The view from the Rock of Cashel, which in the meantime also served as
a clan seat, is simply breathtaking!
Trip to ireland
Overall, I spent ten days on the west coast
of Ireland. These are just a few goals that we have set in the West. A
trip to Ireland, I would recommend simply to anyone. The country has
captured me with the kindness, the beautiful views and nature. I have always
been on city trips before and I would not have thought it possible that there
is such a peaceful place in this world. My heart beats for Green Island and I’m
looking forward to my next trip. This time we will not only explore the
The island of Ireland is located in the
extreme north-west of Europe and is divided as the smaller of the two British
Isles into two countries and 32 counties. The Republic of Ireland covers about
one-sixth of the island, while the six counties in the northeast belong to
Northern Ireland and thus to the United Kingdom. In the east, the island is
separated from the Irish Sea of England: in part, there are only 20
kilometers between the Irish and the British coast. In the west, the waves of
the Atlantic are waiting for you! There are several thousand kilometers of
coastline to be discovered on the more than 70,000 square kilometers of the
Irish Republic. Particularly impressive is the rugged Atlantic coast with the
many and partly uninhabited islets, the impressive cliffs of Moher and over 600
meters high cliffs of Slieve League, which are considered one of the
highest sea cliffs in Europe! Inland, you will find mostly the typical green
hills and pastures, which are crossed by lots of lakes, rivers, peat bogs and
Going to ireland
TRANSPORT Arriving by plane or ferry You can
come to Ireland either by plane or by ferry. The island’s largest international
airports Dublin, Cork, Kerry, and Clare. By now you have almost every
day of the week the opportunity to book a direct flight from Germany to the
green island. Find the best and cheapest flight connection for you simply and
quickly with momondo! If you prefer driving your car, you can travel directly
to Ireland with Irish Ferries or Brittany Ferries from northern France. Driving
over the island of Ireland is perfect for a road trip! If you drive yourself,
you are more independent and can explore even the remotest corners of the
island. No matter if you are traveling by your car or a rental car,
left-hand traffic prevails on the green island and you have to get used to it!
This means especially in your first days: Take your time and orient yourself on
other cars and the middle of the road, which, as in the right traffic, should
be next to the driver’s side!
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The few highways on the island are all toll roads. In most cases this is due at
the motorway entrance at a barrier – small change is a must! On the M50 in
northwest Dublin, you will drive through an electronic tollbooth that you will
not miss thanks to the big signs. You must pay the fee online until 20:00 the
next day or in a Payzone branch. For most rental cars this toll is included and
therefore you should ask the provider. Most intersections in Ireland are
roundabouts, which of course are going to the left! In the cities, traffic on
multi-lane roundabouts is additionally regulated by traffic lights – make sure
to pay attention to the signs so that you can correctly position yourself
before you enter the roundabout.
Everything you need to sleep during your road
trip across the green island is your tent and sleeping bag. Wild camping is not
officially allowed, but as long as you leave no garbage mountains and disturb
neither humans nor animals, no one has a problem with it. To be on the safe
side, set up your tent on one of the island’s cool campsites, or look for a
glamping shelter. If the weather spoils the fun of camping, you have many great
bed and breakfasts to choose from. There is at least one in every village and
often you will not find a guest house in the middle of nowhere, which still has
a room available. Incidentally, this also applies to hostels and hotels that
are quickly booked up in popular regions, such as along the Wild Atlantic
Way or near national parks. Meanwhile, almost everywhere on the island, you
can find a place to sleep through AirBnB – with a bit of luck you will
end up in a secluded cottage by the sea! If you put your trip on the low season
in spring, fall or even winter, you can save up to 30 percent!
Ireland culture and traditions
The first thing you’ll notice while traveling
through Ireland is that everything is a bit slower here. The Irish seem to
have so much more time. A long chat at the supermarket checkout or a small
traffic jam in town, because two friends meet by chance in the car and not the
only wave to each other, but talk to each other briefly, are not uncommon and
the coolest: It does not bother anyone! As soon as you enter Irish soil, you
should take a deep breath and forget the punctuality, which is considered vital
everywhere in Germany! Do it like the Irish and take time to enjoy the moments
you experience and meet the people you meet! No matter what you talk to, the
black humor of the Irish sneaks into every conversation. Not infrequently, the jokes
are at your expense, but you should understand that as a sign of affection and
Ireland road trip 7 days
The Irish do not take themselves and their
fellow human beings too seriously and know that even in unpleasant situations
there is always a laugh hidden somewhere! Maybe that’s why people are so
relaxed here? What unites you from the beginning with every islander is the
enthusiasm for the country and its incredibly impressive landscapes. Despite
the changeable weather, people in Ireland prefer to go outside at any time of
the year. Whether on the many small and large beaches, for surfing, kayaking,
and fishing or in the bright green Midlands to hike and climb mountains. The
Irish are real hikers – in your adventures on the green island, so you are in
good company! It is impossible to talk about Ireland without mentioning the pub
Irish pub culture
The typical pubs are everywhere on the island!
In small towns, as well as in the big cities and even in the middle of nowhere.
For the Irish, the public house is like a second living room in which much of
life takes place. This means there is no place on the island where you can
better immerse yourself in the Irish lifestyle than a pub! Depending on what
you feel like, you can quietly drink your Guinness in the pub around the corner,
meet lots of new people or hear stories about the island, which are guaranteed
not in any book. Irish pub culture is the pulse of the island, without
which Ireland would not be what it is!
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The Guinness is naturally far ahead in the pub. However, there are also some
other stout breweries such as Murphy’s or Beamish, whose beers are here to
order. In terms of alcohol, the green island is also known for its whiskey,
which is considered here together with the typical black beer as a remedy. The
wisdom of the pub is: In case of a cold, a hot whiskey with lemon helps and
Guinness increases the general well-being! Instead of “Cheers!”, The
Irishmen start with “Sláinte!”. In addition to the pub in the pubs,
there is alcohol in supermarkets and special off-license shops to buy.