Carzone reveals Ireland’s best October Bank Holiday weekend drives
With the midterm break and October bank holiday fast approaching, what better time for a road trip to get out and explore all that Ireland has to offer.
Carzone Ireland's leading marketplace for buying and selling new and used cars, has put together four scenic driving routes which are must-sees for lovers of the open road.
The Inishowen 100, Donegal
The scenic Inishowen 100 is a 100-mile scenic route around one of Ireland’s most beautiful regions, the Inishowen Peninsula. Along the way you can visit Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head, which has breathtaking views of the Atlantic and will make you feel like you’re on the edge of the world.
The Inishowen 100 starts and finishes in Burt, where you can visit the Grianan of Aileach Fort and Inch Wildfowl Reserve. Other attractions along the way include sandy beaches, ancient monuments and award winning golf courses.
Our recommended car for this drive is the Mini Clubman
Slea Head Drive, Dingle Peninsula, Kerry
The Slea Head drive is a spectacular scenic circular route, forming part of the Wild Atlantic Way, beginning and ending in Dingle. This trip will take you along some stunning views on the western end of the peninsula. To properly enjoy the drive, a half-day should be set aside for the journey. Along the drive, you will take in some dramatic views of South Kerry and the Blasket Islands.
Our recommended car for this drive is the Fiat 500
The Sally Gap Wicklow
The Wicklow mountains is home to the Sally Gap drive. The drive features some incredible landscapes, lakes and mountain scenery. The route is close to Dublin so for those who don’t want to travel far from the city, simply take the R759 east across the mountains and head north on the R115 to complete the drive.
Wicklow, known as the 'Garden of Ireland' is home to the stunning Powerscourt waterfall, house and gardens. The sensational gardens were voted the third best gardens in the world by National Geographic. When in Wicklow, why not try a challenge. The Sugar Loaf mountain is family fun adventure. Climb the sensational walk way to the top of the Sugar Loaf for a sensational 360-degree view of the Dublin mountains and Dublin city.
Our recommended car for this drive is the Mazda MX-5
Cliffs of Moher
Drive through County Clare for one of Ireland’s most spectacular road trips. Drive along the picturesque Cliffs of Moher, which stand an incredible 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean.
The drive is a lengthy one, so be sure to take a small pit stop from driving and explore the Burren and the Aillwee Caves. For those with a passion for history, visit Bunratty Castle and learn all about the pre-Celtic settlement from 5000 years ago at Lough Gur.
The exact location of The Cliffs of Moher is often missed and many get lost on the way. Whether you’re using a sat nav device or a reliable road map, note that, The Cliffs of Moher are located just to the north of Liscannor village, Co. Clare.
Our recommended car for this drive is the BMW X5
So now you know where to go, all that’s left, is to discover all of the natural beauty that this green Isle of Ireland has to offer.