Ireland is the ideal destination for a summer road trip! The island's compact size allows travellers to see many sides of the country even within a short amount of the time, and even in the middle of summer, the temperatures stay mild, making for a more pleasant ride. For this blog post, we have highlighted three aspects of Ireland that make it such an exciting and unique place to visit - its natural marvels, historic sites, and of course, Irish pubs!The Wild Atlantic Way
If you want to pack lots of beautiful landscapes and awesome coastal views into your road trip in Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way is a great way to do just that. The famous trail is located on the west coast and goes through seven counties.Starting in Donegal, you can admire the Slieve League cliffs, said to be among the highest marine cliffs in the world. As you head towards Mayo, make a stop at Mullaghmore Head on the Sligo coast, where surfers congregate to enjoy the immense 'prowler waves'. If you dare, you can even take a class at one of the many surfing schools! And on your way towards Clare, you can enjoy the beautiful Killary Harbour fjord, eat some excellent mussels, and marvel at the view of the famous Cliffs of Moher from the Loop Head Lighthouse.Castles Steeped in History
Ireland is known for its castles and old stately homes, many of which are numerous centuries old. Here we have picked out a few favourites, though there are many more to be explored! Both Trim Castle and Slane Castle are within a short drive from Dublin, while Dublin Castle, of course, is found within the capital itself.
Visiting Trim Castle will truly take you back to the Middle Ages and beyond. Construction on what Trim Castle is today was begun in approximately 1200, and since then, there have been barely any modern modifications to the building. The impressive outer wall is 450 metres long and encompasses a gatehouse as well as eight towers.
Slane Castle has a very different charm. It was built in the Gothic-revival style, and is incredibly still the residence of the Earl of Mountcharles. The castle has hosted many large scale concerts in recent years, and you can also enjoy a special whiskey tasting tour on the premises.
Finally, Dublin Castle offers a view into the evolution of Irish architecture and history. There is much to explore: view the underground excavations of the old castle, including parts constructed by the Vikings, or visit the Bedford Tower, the place where in 1907 the Irish Crown Jewels were stolen, and never found again.
Contrary to what many may think, Dublin's pub culture is not just about Guinness, but offers something for everyone. If you are looking for a modern twist, head to L. Mulligan Grocer, where the focus is on local products, from a wide variety of Irish brews to a great menu prepared with seasonal fare from local producers. J.W. Sweetman Craft Brewery is for travellers who have been swept up by the micro-brewery trend - this is Dublin's only pub with an actual micro-brewery within the premises!But while you are in Dublin, you cannot forget to enjoy some of the city's traditional brew. Mulligans is just the place to savour a pint of Guinness, with a significant amount of tradition to boot, as the pub was established in 1782! For live performances of traditional Irish music you can stop by O'Donoghues, or for a great view of the Grand Canal, make The Barge your pub of choice.Auto Europe offers great deals for car hire in Ireland year-round, so visit our website today and find the right car for your next road trip on the Emerald Isle!