The Slea Head Drive is a circular route, beginning and ending in Dingle, in County Kerry, Ireland, with a length of 30 miles (47 km). The road, officially called R559, shows a large number of attractions and stunning views on the western end of the peninsula. The route is clearly labelled by road signs throughout its length. To properly enjoy the Drive, a half-day should be set aside for the journey. It's one of the best coastal drives in the world.
Mount Leinster is a mountain pass located in the province of Leinster, Ireland, on the Blackstairs Mountains, at an elevation of 796m (2,605ft) above the sea level. A tall RTÉ television transmitter tops the peak with a mast height of 122m. This site is a popular location for hang-gliding enthusiasts to launch from. It’s said to be the highest paved road in Ireland.
The Conor Pass, which runs from Dingle on the southern end of the peninsula towards Brandon Bay and Castlegregory in the North, in County Kerry, is one of the highest mountain pass in Ireland, at an elevation of 410m (1,345ft) above the sea level. This narrow road snakes through verdant vistas, and its view of the lakes below is the stuff of fairy tales.
Ireland is full of epic landscapes and coastal views. Here are the best ones you can find behind a wheel:
Situated in the south west corner of Ireland the Ring of Kerry is one of those bucket-list places you simply must visit. The road winds past pristine beaches, medieval ruins, mountains and lakes, with ever-changing views of the island-dotted Atlantic.
Gap of Dunloe is a mountain pass at an elevation of 731m (2,398ft) above the sea level, located in County Kerry, Ireland. May be difficult for those who get car sick.
Truskmore is a mountain pass at an elevation of 647m (2,123ft) above the sea level, located on the border of County Sligo and County Leitrim, in Ireland. It’s said to be one of the toughest climbs on the country, with some sections up to 22%.
Sally Gap is a mountain pass at an elevation of 503m (1,650ft) above the sea level, located in the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland. The pass is traversed by the R759 road.
Located on Ireland’s spectacular west coast, a large section of a ledge at the Cliffs of Moher that was the scene of a daredevil cycling stunt has crumbled into the sea. The rockfall served to highlight the danger of getting too close to the popular cliff edge.
Healy Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 334m (1,095ft) above the sea level located in the Beara peninsula, in the Caha mountain range. It’s one of the Ireland's greatest drives.
With a length of 2,500 km (1553 miles), the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Cork along Ireland's Atlantic coast is one of the best coastal drives in the world. The route passes through nine counties and three provinces. It’s said to be the longest defined coastal touring route in the world.
Located in County Kerry, on Ireland's Iveragh Peninsula, Ballaghbeama Gap is a tight, bendy, and quiet singletrack road that requires a high level of skill. Don't attempt this drive in a large car.
The Old Military Road (R115), through Wicklow mountains, is a very scenic drive located in Dublin and Wicklow counties in Ireland. It was one of the first purpose-built roads of the country.