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5 day Road Trip in Ireland

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January 3, 2023

5 day Road Trip in Ireland

Rambling Rover Campervan Depot is Ideally located no matter where you plan to go in Ireland. If you’re looking for a recommended 5 day route make sure you keep reading. 

Lets start with a 5 day road trip through the Boyne Valley & Northern Ireland.

(Counties Meath, Louth, Down & Antrim)


Day 1: The Boyne Valley (Co. Meath & Co. Louth)

Starting off with what’s on our door step - The Boyne Valley - It is here where you will find Newgrange, Drogheda & Slane castle to name a few. 


Slane Castle:

Start your trip with a visit to Slane castle - Situated in a dramatic setting by the river Boyne, is one of the most exciting buildings architecturally in Ireland. The historical tours cover the castles family’s colourful history and stories about the world famous rock concerts. For more information and to book a tour visit www.slanecastle.ie/tours

Photo from Discover Boyne Valley


Newgrange :

Following your visit hop back in your Rambling Rover Campervan and take a short drive over to Newgrange - A passage tomb built during the Neolithic period, around 3200BC, making it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids.

Visits to Newgrange must be booked in advance - To book & learn more visit www.worldheritageireland.ie/bru-na-boinne/

Photo from The Irish Times


Drogheda:

If exploring Towns is something you like to do, a visit to Drogheda is highly recommended. Drogheda is a magnificent medieval town and it truly is the Gateway to the Boyne Valley. With plenty to see and do in Drogheda its a great location to explore. Visit www.drogheda.ie for a full list of things to see and do in Drogheda. 

Photo from Discover Boyne Valley

Once you're finished exploring for the day, head up to a campsite in Carlingford and relax for the evening.

Day 2 & 3: Carlingford (Co. Louth) & Slieve Donard (Co. Down)

Carlingford & Cooley Peninsula:

Midway between Belfast and Dublin, right at the beginning of Ireland’s Ancient East, you’ll find one of Irelands best kept secrets… Carlingford and The Cooley Peninsula.

For the Kids we recommend a visit to Carlingford activity centre, for the adventures we recommend taking a walk along the greenway & for those who want to have a relaxed day the town of Carlingford has an abundance of cafes, restaurants & bars to relax in.

Photo from carlingford.ie

Slieve Donard:

Carlingford to Slieve Donard is 1 hour drive.

Set off on a hike up Northern Irelands highest peak. The walk is approx 4.6km each way, a round trip will take you about 4-5 hours. This is a moderate to strenuous walk, but it’s not too technical or difficult. Although the hike is steep in parts and can get muddy, it’s fairly doable for most people with a basic level of fitness.

Once at the top (850m above sea level) you can enjoy views of the Mourne Mountains, the Isle of Man (on a clear day), the Wicklow Mountains to the south, and also the peaks of Wales, Scotland and even Donegal to the west. Its defiantly worth the hike!

Photo from discovernorthernireland.com

Day 4 & 5: Causeway coastal route drive (Co. Antrim)

The Causeway coastal drive is one of the best things to do in Northern Ireland.

The road starts in Belfast City and finishes in Derry.  With an abundance of things to see and do along this route we recommend 2 days travelling along the route.

We wont go into too much detail here but here are our top recommendations.

1: Giants Causeway (no surprise there)

We do recommend you try get here early as it can get very busy especially in the summer months.

Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO world heritage site and it is considered by many to be among Europe’s greatest natural wonders. There are approx 40,000 black basalt columns jutting proudly out of the sea.

Photo from Lonely Planet

2: Carrick- A- rede rope Bridge

Because who doesn't want to walk across a rope bridge hanging 30m above ground? Make sure you wrap up for this one, you will be exposed to the elements.

Photo from Belfast Telegraph

3: Glenariff Forest Park

If forests & waterfalls are your cup of tea, then you will love this location. There are a number of walks you can do here, however, if you're interested in the waterfall we suggest the Waterfall walk (2.5km)

Photo from discovernorthernireland.com

4:  Gobbins Cliff path

Walk across spectacular bridges, up and down rugged staircases carved into the cliff face and venture into caves. Please note there is a height restriction of 4ft to do this.

Photo from Independent.ie

4:  Game of Thrones Locations

Antrim Coastal Route is home to some of the most popular Game of Thrones Ireland filming locations.

- Murlough Bay

- Ballintoy Harbour

- Dunluce Castle

- Fair Head

- The Dark Hedges

Dark Hedges, Photo from giantscausewayexperiences.com

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