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Two of the 'world's ultimate road trips' are on the island of Ireland

The drives join Hawaii’s Hana Highway and Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Road as well as the iconic Route 66 in the US.

A shot of Achill, part of the Wild Atlantic Way.
A shot of Achill, part of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Image: Tourism Ireland

TRAVEL BIBLE LONELY Planet has named two routes on the island of Ireland – the Wild Atlantic Way and the Causeway Coastal Route – as two of the “world’s ultimate road trips”.

The publication includes the routes in its new publication Epic Drives of the World.

The drives join Hawaii’s Hana Highway and Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Road as well as the iconic Route 66 in the US.

The book describes the Wild Atlantic Way, which runs from Kinsale to Derry, as “untamed and divine”.

“Ireland’s west coast is a dramatic procession of deserted beaches and towering cliffs where traditional music and ancient castles abound.”

Northern Ireland’s Coastal Causeway Route runs from Belfast along the north coast and features many locations used to film Game of Thrones.

crt 9261 The Coastal Causeway Route. Source: Christopher Hill

Welcoming the news, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said:

“The inclusion of the Wild Atlantic Way and the Causeway Coastal Route in Lonely Planet’s new Epic Drives of the World is wonderful news and will surely help to inspire travellers everywhere to put the island of Ireland on their holiday wish-list.

“It is another well-deserved accolade for Ireland and our spectacular scenery, which provides Tourism Ireland with a great hook to continue to promote the Causeway Coastal Route, the Wild Atlantic Way and the island of Ireland around the world as a ‘must visit’ destination.”

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