Great Self Drives
Winding country roads, friendly people and stunning scenery are the ingredients for a fantastic holiday by car. Ireland seems to have been made for touring, combining driving on the left, no language barriers and a welcoming country pub at the end of the day. With an abundance of rocky cliffs and sandy beaches the coastal roads are rightly famous as some of the most spectacular driving routes anywhere. However don't just stick to the coast, as the vast bog lands and snaking mountain passes are equally rewarding.
Ireland is relatively small so it is easy to travel between main towns and sights. Although there are motorways much of the network is single carriageways, but this is the joy of driving here, every road feels like you are really off the beaten track. Our Ireland experts have put together three recommended driving itineraries, each lasting five to seven days and covering areas of natural beauty and cultural interest.
Ireland is best explored by car and we offer a great choice of ferry crossings to enable you to enjoy the freedom of our self-drive holidays. Alternatively you can fly from your local airport and hire a car to collect once you arrive, the choice is yours.
All the hotels featured in these tours have been carefully selected by us for their suitability for a driving holiday. Where possible we have selected hotels with parking on-site or nearby with a restaurant to welcome you at the end of the day.
What could be more perfect than a picnic while overlooking the Cliffs of Moher or the Lakes of Killarney? Pre-order a gourmet picnic hamper put together by Good Food Ireland members to be collected from your nominated hotel. Hampers from £115.
One of the great pleasures of a driving holiday is the freedom and flexibility that it offers you, and although we have suggested these itineraries, they can be tailored to suit you. We can make your dream Irish holiday using the many fantastic properties we have selected, from design hotels to a castle stay the choice is entirely yours.
West Cork & the Ring of Kerry
Explore the delights of untamed coastal scenery, ancient fortresses and the magnificent lakes of Cork and Kerry. Stay in the vibrant city of Cork, visit the Blarney Stone, then explore the historic maze of small towns of Kinsale, Killarney and Kenmare Bay, home to Ireland's most picturesque harbours. From £284pp
The Garden of Ireland
Begin in the lively town of Galway, head north through Mayo, Donegal and finish in Belfast via the coastal causeway route of Antrim. On the way discover the wild lands of Connemara, sapphire lakes and stunning mountains. Explore the Cliffs of Moher and the mystical lunar landscape of the Burren. From £234pp