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Black Head, The Burren. Photo: Chris Hill/Fáilte Ireland

Black Head, The Burren. Photo: Chris Hill/Fáilte Ireland

The Sky Road in Connemara. Phot: Christian McLeod/Fáilte ireland

The Sky Road in Connemara. Phot: Christian McLeod/Fáilte ireland

Christian McLeod

Downhill and Mussenden Temple, a former library modelled on the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli. Photo: Tourism Northern Ireland

Downhill and Mussenden Temple, a former library modelled on the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli. Photo: Tourism Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Tourist Board

Lough Tay, Co. Wicklow. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

Lough Tay, Co. Wicklow. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

Pól Ó Conghaile on the road

Pól Ó Conghaile on the road

Glencar Waterfall, Co. Leitrim

Glencar Waterfall, Co. Leitrim

Pól Ó Conghaile

Sheep near Portsalon Beach, Co. Donegal. Photo: Getty

Sheep near Portsalon Beach, Co. Donegal. Photo: Getty

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Keem Bay, Achill Island: Five blue-flag beaches would be an impressive tally anywhere, let alone on a single island. But that’s Achill for you. Keem Bay is a Signature Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way, and for good reason... its breathtaking beauty inspired visiting artists like Paul Henry, Graham Greene and Nobel laureate Heinrich Böll, and continues to wow visitors today.

Keem Bay, Achill Island: Five blue-flag beaches would be an impressive tally anywhere, let alone on a single island. But that’s Achill for you. Keem Bay is a Signature Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way, and for good reason... its breathtaking beauty inspired visiting artists like Paul Henry, Graham Greene and Nobel laureate Heinrich Böll, and continues to wow visitors today.

Bridge over the River Nore, Inistioge, Co Kilkenny, Ireland

Bridge over the River Nore, Inistioge, Co Kilkenny, Ireland

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Trim Castle, Boyne Valley

Trim Castle, Boyne Valley

Healy Pass, Beara, Co. Cork. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

Healy Pass, Beara, Co. Cork. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

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Black Head, The Burren. Photo: Chris Hill/Fáilte Ireland

Get behind the wheel for Pól Ó Conghaile's pick of the best scenic road trips in Ireland...

From murmuring motorways to bumpy boreens; from unplanned stops to salt spray on the windscreen, there's just something about a road trip.

Something that, despite the traffic and tractors and petrol prices and car rental up-sells, retains an incurable romance.