Horn Head in Donegal is without a doubt one of the most scenic routes in Ireland. Best seen at sunset, which is late in Ireland about 9.30 or 10pm in summertime, when the low light throws this rugged seascape into sharp relief, this looped drive just north of Dunfanaghy is truly spectacular. Drive up to the small car park and then climb up a little higher to the ruined look out and you will be rewarded with 360 views as far off as Malin Head and Tory Island.
West and Southwest Driving Routes
Minnaun on Achill Island in County Mayo, is equally as good, although a seriously steep drive which is slow going in small engined rental cars. You can watch the giant Atlantic breakers rolling in unimpeded from America far below on Keel Beach or spin around for a view of Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holy mountain and Clare Island, home of Ireland’s 16th century pirate queen Granuaile, away off in the distance.
The Sky road could not be more aptly named as nowhere in Ireland will you find more expansive, dramatic and changeable big skies that change the edges between land and sea or indeed heaven and earth than in Connemara. Black Head, in County Clare has been mentioned as one of the Top 10 Road Trips in the World but the lesser known loop head route despite having been named as the Best Place to Holiday in Ireland. Drive out via the Bridges of Ross and the lighthouse to the last pub in Ireland, Keating’s in Kilbaha, the next parish as they say is in New York!