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Discovering Ireland by Car

A top destination for many seeking a much-needed getaway, Ireland proves to have something for the whole family, from stunning scenic landscapes to cultural and historic cities. Many agree the best way to capture Ireland and all it’s beauty is to get in your car and discover the various road trips it has to offer.

There are many aspects to consider before heading out on your road trip. When travelling with children, you want to be safe in the knowledge that your destination will keep them amused and entertained. It is also important to ensure you have taken the recommended safety tips before departing, including car safety tips and car insurance. Why not ask the experts at Chill Insurance.


Need some inspiration on where your Irish road trip should start? Here are some of the best-known road trips and destinations around Ireland, ideal for the whole family.


Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel is located in Cashel, County Tipperary and is known as one of Irelands’ most iconic sites. The majority of the buildings currently on the site date back to the 12th and 13th centuries, the Rock of Cashel offers an authentic piece of Irish history.

A two-hour road trip from Dublin City Centre this destination can be found by taking the N8 from Dublin to Cork.


National Gallery of Ireland

A must-see destination for art lovers alike, The National Gallery of Ireland is located in the heart of Dublin city centre and is home to the national collection of Irish and European artwork.

Entry to the gallery is free, and during your visit, you can learn more about each artist and the different art movements.


Doolin Cave

A perfect destination for the whole family, this hidden, natural beauty was first discovered in 1952 and quickly became a must-see attraction for visitors.

Around a 3-hour trip from Dublin and 2 and a half hours from Cork. Doolin Cave is located 15 minutes from the Cliffs of Moher and around 5 minutes from Doolin Village.

What you need to know before you go!


Safety is of the utmost importance before you embark on any journey. Your car needs to be able to withstand the changing weather and road conditions with ease. Tips you can take to ensure your car is fit for the road include:


Check your tyres

The changing temperatures when travelling through day and night can affect your tyres’ pressure. It is, therefore, beneficial to check the pressure before you leave to make sure they are in the best condition possible.


Check your windscreen wipers

The unpredictable weather could become a cause for concern with old windscreen wipers. It is advised that windscreen wipers should be changed at least once a year and always check they are in full working order before departing.

It would be great to hear your road trip stories so make sure you share them with us.

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