A Complete Ireland Road Trip in 7 Adventurous Days

Day 3 – Eire East to West – Downpatrick to Glenveagh

The shortest route from Newcastle to Glenveagh will take about three several hours and immerses you in the heart of the Irish countryside. You travel from the outskirts of Belfast, the money of Northern Ireland, into the centre of Gaeltacht, the Irish Gaelic-speaking area of Ireland.

You can see the changeover as before long as you leave the seaside. The farther west you travel, the much less homes you see. This route can take you by the Ulster American People Park, an immersive, interactive residing museum that tells the story of Irish immigration to America. Alternatively, you could choose an hour’s detour north to see the Giant’s Causeway, 40,000 interlocking basalt columns at the ocean’s edge.

The moment once more, there is a seamless border involving the British isles and the Republic of Ireland at the Foyle River. You may not see it at all, apart from the highway signals switch to metric and are penned in Gaelic to start with, with English as a secondary textual content. While that is the conventional for all of the Republic, it’s especially significant in the Gaeltacht regions.

You also will notice the temperature and landscape change as you enter the Atlantic coastal zone. The eco-friendly pastures out your window modify to peat bogs as you convert into the oddly named Glenveagh (glen of the birches) Nationwide Park.

There must have been a time when trees protected this valley, but that was a long time in the past. It was lengthy prior to John George Adair constructed Glenveagh Castle, his palatial state estate, and drove off the community villagers on 1 chilly and brutal early morning. It wasn’t very long before invasive rhododendrons escaped his manicured gardens and started ravaging the hillside.

Website visitors can nonetheless see the castle, gardens (just one of Ireland’s best), and vestiges of temperate rainforests in microclimate pockets close to Lough Veagh that contributed to this estate getting to be a National Park. You can also ride bikes by the park, learn a lot more about history, and see how biologists are restoring the valley to its previous glory.

Logistically, you are going to want to prepare lunch at the park at possibly the Synge & Byrne Cafe by the visitor center or at the tearoom by the castle and gardens. Leave the park in the late afternoon to delight in the viewpoint previously mentioned Dunlewey Lough before arriving at Gweedore for the evening. An Chúirt Hotel is a 4-star resort alongside the Clady river that presents at ease beds and a delightful on-premise cafe.