Ireland

Conor Pass

Conor Pass

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.

Mount Leinster

Mount Leinster

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.

Bull Bridge

Bull Bridge

Located on Ireland's east coast, the Bull Bridge is one of the most spectacular bridges in the world. This old wooden bridge links Dublin and the North Bull Island in Dublin Bay.

Slea Head Drive

Slea Head Drive

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.

Most scenic drives in Ireland

14 of the most scenic drives in Ireland

Ireland is full of epic landscapes and coastal views. Here are the best ones you can find behind a wheel:

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

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

Gap of Dunloe

The 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

Truskmore

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%.

R440

R440

R440 is a very scenic drive in the Slieve Bloom Mountains of Ireland.

Sally Gap

Sally Gap

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.

Cliffs of Moher collapsed

Cliffs of Moher collapsed

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.

R319

R319

The R319 is a very scenic road in Achill Island, situated off the coast of County Mayo in the west of Ireland. The drive travels by hairpins to the edge of the sea. It’s one of the best coastal drives in the world.

Healy Pass

Healy Pass

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.

Dursey Road

Dursey Road

Dursey Road is the only road in the Dursey Island, at the southwestern tip of the Beara Peninsula in the west of County Cork in Ireland. The road is 5.3 km long.

Ballaghbeama Gap

Ballaghbeama Gap

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.

Old Military Road - R115

Old Military Road (R115)

The Old Military Road (R115), through Wicklow mountains, is a very scenic drive located in counties Dublin and Wicklow in Ireland.

Wild Atlantic Way

Wild Atlantic Way

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.