Which of these MINI road trips is your favourite? Pick one and win
Published 21/06/2016 | 16:39
MINI is giving you the chance to win some exclusive MINI luggage, your accommodation and the use of a MINI 3 Door hatch, 5 Door hatch, or Clubman for a weekend so you can enjoy one of these road trips
Just pick one of these, Ireland’s top 5 road trips to be in for a chance to win a set of exclusive Mini luggage, the use of a MINI and your accommodation so you can enjoy your favourite Irish road trip in style.
Ring of Kerry
The most iconic drive in Ireland can get a bit packed along its 179 km route in peak season, but it’s still absolutely worth the effort. It’s a magical world of lush greenery, dramatic hills and winding roads through an ever changing landscape. Just some of the highlights along the way include: Gap of Dunloe, Bog Village, Rossbeigh Beach, Derrynane House, Staigue Fort, Moll's Gap, Ladies View, Torc Waterfall, The Blue Pool and Ross Castle.
When you leave the coast of Clare and head inland to the Burren, it’s like you’ve gone to a completely different planet. The Karst region’s otherworldly landscape is strewn with hand built dry stone walls and punctuated with abandoned farmer’s dwellings. A bleak and haunting place in winter, sparse and vivid in the summer.
Donegal being cut off from the rest of the island has its own unique charm. For those who love driving, it has the benefit of taking at least four hours to reach from Dublin means it means a good deal of time spent in the car. More than anything Donegal bewitches with its extensive unspoilt coastline, untouched blanket bogs, Glenveagh National Park, and Errigal.
The Dingle Peninsula’s position at the southwest corner of Ireland means it basks in the full benefits of the Gulf Stream’s warmer waters, resulting in a unique combination of craggy rock and lush vegetation, all set against the wild Atlantic Ocean. Drive from Castlegregory at the Corca Dhuibhne Peninsula, go west into Cloghane, through the stunning Conor Pass and Dingle and west to Slea Head with dramatic views to South Kerry and the Blasket Islands. After Ballyferriter, continue to Murreagh and Kilmalkedar, to Ballydavid and back to Dingle. You’ll take in some serious scenery and the winding country roads are fun to drive.
Sheep’s Head Drive, Bantry
Starting and finishing in Bantry, with all its gourmet restaurants, wonderful Irish pubs and colourful shops, to drive around one of the most stunning locations in the country. The road will lead you around Bantry Bay and Dunmanus Bay, the road to Durrus and the road to Kilcrohane allows you to take in the hairpin bends around craggy outcrops of rock and to the sea with some stunning sheer cliffs. Stop the car and take in some of the Sheep’s Head Way walking route along the headland jutting out into the Atlantic with unspoilt nature all around, dramatic cliff faces and the wind in your hair. Work up an appetite to enjoy the seafood fare on offer back in Bantry and you’ll be in heaven.
To launch the MINI 162 reg plates for the second half of 2016, MINI is giving Independent.ie readers the chance to win an Irish road trip with the use of a MINI for the weekend, exclusive MINI luggage and accommodation or spending money to the value of €300. All you have to do is pick which of these top 10 Irish road trips you would choose. Go to www.mini.ie to book a test drive.