What is it about Ireland that captures the minds of wanderers around the globe? It’s no surprise to come across a person who has Ireland on their travel bucket list. Rich with history and ripe with a palpably rugged landscape, Ireland is packed into a small enough radius for a road trip to cover.With an unanticipated week of downtime between jobs this fall, Los Angeles based photographer, Christin Rose, and her boyfriend, River Jordan, decided to do what anybody else would do- take a road trip through Ireland. Allow Christin’s nostalgic images sway you into planning your next road trip- the only way she recommends covering Ireland.
Travel along the Wild Atlantic Way. As the world’s longest defined touring route along the coast, the Wild Atlantic Way will take you from the tip top of Northern Ireland to the very most Southern point. This will be your yellow brick road for the length of your journey, making a quick road trip easy to manage and leaving space to make spontaneous stop offs whenever you please. Stop to golf at Waterville Golf Link’s 18 holes of lush green rolling hills. Pass through charming untouched villages like the fishing village of Kinvarra, and let turquoise and salt water taffy-colored buildings greet you as you stumble through from cafe to pub.
Take a pit stop through Dingle. Hidden in the Dingle Peninsula lie some of Europe’s most geographically diverse beaches. Take in the sweeping curve of bays like Brandon’s Bay, bring your board to surf savy beaches like Inch Strand and watch some horse racing at Béal Bán and Wine Strand. Be sure to set aside time to hike this beautiful coastal region, you can plan your route through the Dingle Way here.
Have your breath stolen by the Cliffs of Moher. During a road trip, there are the inevitable moments where your senses are taken over and silence sets in. There’s no proper English word to describe the feeling. You are having a moment of Samadhi– a moment of instant connection, intense focus where you let go of the world. This is how you will feel standing at the edge of the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most coveted geographical attractions. Standing 702 feet at their highest point and stretching for 5 miles along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher are a must see.
Ride horses in Killarney national park. Whether you are a frequent rider or a beginner, you can take a horseback tour with Killarney Stables. Always with a guide, these tours will take you through multiple trails with picturesque views of Killarney National Park’s lakes and mountains. Not up for a horseback tour? Hiking is another option in Killarney. Don’t miss the Gap of Dunloe. This is a magnificent hike. Park your car, pack your bag and make your way up the gap. If you are feeling fancy you can take a carriage up with the locals who will no doubt provide some classic and unforgettable dialogue along the way. Once you’ve completed your hike, head to The Coffee Pot where the best cup of coffee in Ireland will be waiting for you.
Stay at The Dean Hotel in Dublin. Boasting a vibrant, funky atmosphere, the Dean Hotel adds a trendy boutique vibe to your getaway. Each room is equipped with it’s own turntable and tons of vinyl options, as well as original art from emerging Irish artists. Dance to live music and DJ’s in their Blue Room or grab a drink in their moody, upscale lobby.
Photo Credit: Christin Rose