When you think of Ireland, you think of rolling green hills and stone castles (maybe Guinness, too). And you’re right to do so since Ireland is home to more than 30000 castles and castle ruins! But which ones should you visit if you only spend a week or two in the country?
We knew that the Wild Atlantic Way and its coastal hikes will be a highlight of our Irish road trip. Because we love pretty coastal drives and hikes! What we didn’t expect is that we were spoiled with memorable birdwatching moments on this road trip, as well. In case you doubt birdwatching is an exciting activity, just google for “puffin” or “razorbill”. And in case you’re eager to do some birdwatching in Ireland, we’re sharing the best places we found.
Ireland’s Atlantic coast impressed us with scenic drives and scenic hikes! Those alone would have been enough for us to fall in love with this country. And they were enough for us to love it in spite of the weather that made us scream for a sunny Mediterranean beach sometimes. So let us show you the best coastal hikes we found in Ireland – all with amazing panorama and lots of grazing sheep in front of the beautiful backdrop.
Ireland is also called the Emerald Island due to its lush green countryside. And that is thanks to the frequent rains. But frequent rains mean something else, too: beautiful waterfalls! As we drove around the island, we found lots of pretty waterfalls in addition to the breathtaking coastal hikes, lakes and ancient ruins. So let us show you our favorite waterfalls in both Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way stretches to 2500 kilometres. Impressive coastal cliffs, lush green landscapes, deep blue or turquoise bays. Pretty peninsulas to drive around. Like Dingle Peninsula that’s just north of the famous Ring of Kerry. Less famous, but just as beautiful.
Ireland’s Atlantic coast is breathtaking. It’s wild and unspoilt, dominated by lush green and deep blue colors, impressive sea cliffs, countless seabirds, misty beaches and lovely rural towns. The Ring of Kerry scenic route is one of our favorite sections that offers all of the above. We spent two days exploring it, and we are sharing all you need to know to get the best out of it.
When we think of Ireland, we don’t think of Guinness. Nor Irish pubs. Not even Dublin. We think of landscapes. We think of rain. Drizzle. Fog. Wind. Cloudburst. We think of green and blue. Sheep and razorbill. Ruins on the hilltop.
Puffins are the cutest birds. Period. (Our blog, our opinion. Sorry. 😀 ) But these adorable birds prefer the least accessible places to nest and breed. It’s quite understandable from their point, but it makes hard for us to take a close look at them. They live on the islands of the Atlantic Ocean – the smaller the island is, the higher the chance is that they’ll like it. It’s rare to see them on the main island of Ireland, but large colonies breed on the smaller Irish islands. Like the Skellig Islands.
2 weeks, 3000 kilometres. Our first road trip in Ireland. With insanely narrow country roads and dramatic coastal roads that have their own unforgettable charm. It was more or less a scenic drive all the way, still we try to highlight our favorite sections. The best of the best scenic drives in Ireland.