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    • #708127

      Judging by the interest shown in the ‘Best Roads,Worst Roads’ thread, i feel this topic deserves a dedicated thread of it’s own. I’ll put a link to the other thread below, for the posts already made, but keep those suggestions coming!
      Best Roads,Worst Roads

      Here’s mine again:
      – R600/R604: Clonakilty to Kinsale
      – R592: Ballydehob to Mizen Head
      – R572: Glengarriff/Beara Route

    • #761558

      driving through connemara in the sunshine, on the galway-clifden road. stunning when it happens that is! and how could we forget to dungarvan-cork road!

    • #761559
      J. Seerski

      Try the Mullingar to Castlepollard road – a hidden gem in ireland’s countryside.

    • #761560

      driving through any mountainous parts of mayo has to be my favourite. achill island has the most stunning view from way up on top of it. wow!

    • #761561

      One of my fav’s is driving from Dublin to Glendalough. Take the mountainous route passing by upper and lower lough Brea and Glenmacneas waterfall – great scenery.

    • #761562

      Yeh, from what i hear Achill is an amazing experience, been meaning to drive up there for a while, time doesn’t tend to be in my favour these days though! With all this acclaim for Wicklow, must try and get up there too.

    • #761563

      The train journey from Dublin to Wexford is fantastic – teetering along stunning cliffsides, past that Soviet style factory outside Arklow and through the lushiest parts of North Wexford, Ferrycarraig and then along the quays of Wexford itself

    • #761564

      Yeh, from what i hear Achill is an amazing experience

      Parts are great and parts are not great. Like everywhere in the country, holiday homes seem to sprout like a bad fungus, there is much unsympathetic development and PVC has taken over. I find it difficult to be objective because I’ve spent a lot of time there and have ties to the place. However the good stuff re. drives: the section of the Atlantic Drive between Doeega and Cloghmore is superb, the approach by road into Keem (one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, in my opinion), the start of the drive through Curraun from Mulranny (not technically part of Achill but the natives of Curraun consider themselves to be Achill people) and the drive up Sliabh Mor from Keel.

      I wont mention the ugly bits – you’ll see them for yourself if you visit. Not related to driving but if you visit the place, check out the “English Town” near Dugort which represents a very interesting 19th century attempt to “Englishify” the Island; it’s probably only represents the start of something bigger which was planned but it’s like three sides of an “English” village square.

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