Top 5 scenic driving routes in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is known for its cloudy skies brought on by the hilly nature of the terrain, however when clear skies roll in we are certainly blessed with an aesthetic spread that uncovers the true beauty of the region. What better way to enjoy it than with a scenic drive?
Paschal O’Hare Solicitors Top 5 scenic drive routes in Northern Ireland
- Causeway Coast
The Causeway Coastal route is a 120 mile stretch that runs between Belfast and Derry. This drive provides 360 degree views of natural beauty that is reminiscent of an 18th Century French oil painting. The Antrim coast boasts attractions ranging from the Giant’s Causeway to the Dark Hedges (made famous in HBO’s Game of Thrones) that can be enjoyed along the way. The drive has relatively few areas of congestion and there are plenty of opportunities to park the car and go for a wander. This scenic drive is so good that it was voted 5th in the world’s most scenic views in 2006.
- The Sperrins
The Sperrin Mountains offer four scenic driving routes so breath-taking that National Geographic included them on their list of the world’s 101 scenic drives. The Sperrins are an extensive mountain range located in Co. Tyrone that is rich in history and heritage. This is an ideal drive for the whole family to enjoy with a large selection of outdoor activities to tire the kids out. Perfect just before that gorgeous sun-set drive home.
- Lough Neagh
A route that would have you drive around the British Isles largest freshwater lake and visit five of NI’s six counties in the process. Experiencing this drive would likely be the only time a person would remain content driving in a literal circle. Sailors and water sport enthusiasts can often be found enjoying the vast spread of water throughout the summer months, creating a sense of unusual bustle on what would ordinarily feel like a secluded drive.
- Fermanagh Lakelands
Fermanagh’s Lakelands have been the inspiration for poems and ballads for centuries, a piece of trivia that is only testament to the areas natural beauty. The drive route has plenty to offer with its winding roads, forestry and of course, glimmering lakes. This location is tailor made by Mother Nature for those who wish to get lost in the feeling of calm that surrounds the lakes. Motorists on this route will no doubt want to spend more time with the engine off, enjoying the susurration and watching as people gently sail on the lakes mirror like surface.
- The Mournes
The Mourne Mountains are home to the highest peak in Northern Ireland, Slieve Donard. The mountain range is a short distance from the Irish Sea coast and boasts the mystical looking Tollymore Forest at their feet. Motorists can drive to the top of Silent Valley Mountain Park and stop at the reservoir to enjoy the exceptionally clear views from the heart of the mountains to the coastline. The route is home to real life magic at Electric Brae, a small hill that allows motorists to defy gravity itself. Park your car and take the hand brake off and your car will roll up hill! A sensation you need to feel to believe. The day can be topped off by a trip to nearby Newcastle for an ice-cream cone and a coffee.
Northern Ireland has plenty on offer for those motorists wishing for a gentle reminder that cars & bikes don’t always equal traffic jams and stress. Did we miss your favourite? Let us know your own NI scenic drive recommendations.
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