Iconic Roads to Drive in Northern Ireland

Nov 9, 2020

Iconic Roads to Drive in Northern Ireland

The Coronavirus pandemic has completely changed how we are all spending our spare time, the summer months were filled with road trips and staycations, but now that the colder months are fast approaching we want to stay as warm as possible. One of the best ways to do this is take a drive on some of the most iconic roads in Northern Ireland, allowing you to appreciate the beautiful scenery from the comfort of your vehicle.

Northern Ireland is a place known for its cloudy skies and rainy days, but when blessed with those drier days, the true beauty of NI is discovered. Here are the top 4 iconic roads to drive in Northern Ireland.

Causeway Coastal Route

The first on our list is the Causeway Coastal route, which is a 120 mile stretch of road that runs between Belfast and Derry/Londonderry. On this drive, you will take in the most breathtaking 360 degree views of natural beauty. The Antrim coast boasts attractions ranging from the Giant's Causeway to the Dark Hedges, an iconic filming location for HBO’s Game of Thrones series which make for some stop offs along the way. Should the weather permit, there are plenty of spots along the way that you can get out and explore.

The Mourne Mountains

The Mourne mountains can be found in County Down and are home to the highest mountain peak in Northern Ireland, Slieve Donard. The mountain range is only a small distance from the Irish Sea and on your travels, you can enter the stunning Tollymore Forest which looks like something lifted straight from a mystical fairytale. Motorists can choose to drive to the top of the Silent Valley Mountain Park or climb the iconic Slieve Donard itself. Visit Newcastle town for some sweet and savoury treats after your adventure.

Lough Neagh

Is visiting all five of all six counties in Northern Ireland in one trip on your bucket list? Well, it is in fact very doable! Drive the largest freshwater lake of the British Isles and spot sailors and water sport enthusiasts on your way.

The Sperrin Mountains

This route offers four scenic driving routes that will take your breath away. The Sperrins are an extensive mountain range found in County Tyrone, rich in history and heritage. This is the perfect drive for the whole family to enjoy as there a lot of outdoor activities to tire your little ones out!

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