So we're back to long weeks again until the May Bank Holiday, but don't let that stop your fun. With a quiet sense of Summer on the way next season, it’s a time of the year when the buds are bursting from the trees,there’s a lovely scent in the air and we all begin to have a bit of a spring in our step with those lovely longer days ahead. With an urge to stretch our legs and an unhealthy obsession with the open road, we’ve decided to select our favourite road trips from the Discover Ireland road trip guide.
After a heated debate in the office, we narrowed our selection down these four. One from each of the four provinces.
Ulster; it was a tough one but we think nothing beats the Inishown 100 for a drive around the most northerly part of Ireland. Take in quaint little beach towns like Culdaff, or enjoy some fantastic seafood in Green Castle all while making your way up to Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point.
The Inishown 100 gets in name due to the roughly 100 miles it takes to drive around the peninsula, so this is a perfect Sunday drive for great food, stunning scenary and enough sand dunes to keep the kids entertained when you’re blowing the cobwebs away as you walk along the beach.
Connaght; for when you don’t want to deal with the busloads of tourists at the Cliffs of Moher, try the Yeats Country drive. Starting off in Sligo, drive west and visit historically significant cemeteries along the way. Then stop for lunch at one of the restaurants in Rosse's Point or if you’re brave enough and the weather is pleasant, fish and chips while watching the sea.
Afterwards, onto Drumcliff to pay your respects to WB Yeats himself in St Colmcille’s graveyard, before heading through the Glen of Glencar and Hazelwoods forest before making it back to Sligo.
Munster; this is one we nearly all agreed on, the Ring of Cork. This 66 mile drive has it all; picturesque little towns, Cork City, stunning beaches and breathtaking landscapes.
Even if you get lost, you’re sure to stumble across something that you’ll remember for a long time. Turn off the sat nav and follow your instincts. It’s a beautiful part of our little island.
Leinster; for the Dublin folk who don’t want to venture too far outside the city, you could easily take a day off and tour some fantastic sites in County Wicklow. Take in some historic art and majestic houses while touring mountains, waterfalls and the Wicklow Gap. There are great restaurants and friendly pubs along the way for you to stop and have a bite to eat and stretch your legs.
So there are our recommendations folks, pack up and take advantage of the sunshine.