Over the first week in July, I had the opportunity to travel to Ireland with my sister to meet up with my roommate, who had been working in Dublin for a couple of weeks. We decided to take full advantage of our time by renting a car and doing a road trip around the country after spending the first two days in Dublin. Our route took us South through the Wicklow Mountains down to Cork, and after staying in what we all agree was the most charming Airbnb ever, we headed toward the famous Wild Atlantic Way (the West Coast). We drove both the Beara Peninsula and the Dingle Peninsula loops, skipping the tourist-trap Ring of Kerry, and then went North toward the Cliffs of Moher through County Clare. Finally, we stayed in Galway and explored the Connemara National Park area before driving back to Dublin to catch our flights home to the United States.
It was a whirlwind six-day journey with moments of stillness along some of the most stunning scenic outlooks. The Beara Peninsula was an especially favorite part of the journey for us and I highly recommend it if you find yourself in Ireland. Below, I have included just a few photos of some of my favorite scenery and I hope they inspire you to add Ireland to your must-see list!