After a brief introduction to familiarise you with the car and make sure you are comfortable with the controls you can be on your way.
We have some carefully prepared routes that we can recommend that will take you along the best of the roads and through the most picturesque settings the northwest has to offer. Or you can take off on whatever route you please and see what little gems you can stumble upon.
Donegal is the last frontier in Western Europe. Unspoilt beaches, quiet country lanes and mountain passes await you. What better way to explore this countryside left behind by the modern world that in a car from the past.
Slieve League cliffs
From our base near the fishing village of killybegs the road hugs the coast. Carved from the mountains the roads creeps precariously along cliffs that plunge to the sea with views over the Atlantic and in the distance the Mayo coast.
The cliffs are Europe’s highest sea cliffs; it’s worth taking time to appreciate the view.
Follow the road signposted for Glencolmchille, thatched cottages, ancient cairns, craft shops, stone towers and smiling faces will charm you at every turn.
Slieve League Classic Weekend
Enjoy two nights B & B and one evening meal at the renowned Castlemurray House Hotel and Restaurant (http://www.castlemurray.com/
) along with one day hire of a classic sportscar of your choice for the fantastic offer price of 199 euro pps (based on two people sharing). Offer subject to availability.
The west coast of Donegal is one of the only remaining parts of Ireland where the native Gaelic is widely spoken.
Again winding roads that slip through sleepy fishing villages will lead you over Mount Errigal, the Irish equivalent of Mt Fuji, to Glenveigh national park and castle.
A tour of the castle and grounds, a walk through the fabulous gardens and of course a break for tea and you’re ready to continue along towards the coast.
Breathtaking views over the sea and lighthouses perched on rocks will hold your attention.
Glens of Leitrim
Barely an hour away the road turns away from the coast and weaves through the glens of Leitrim. Shadowed on either side by sharp cliff faces the valleys are littered with dark lakes, perfect for the fisherman and each fed by crystal waterfalls from the mountains on either side.
The landscape is a photographers or a painter’s paradise, the colour of the flowers and fauna change around each bend in the road. Their scents fill the air and the cockpit of your little classic car better than any air freshener.
This peninsula juts into the Atlantic and is criss-crossed with quiet country lanes that lead over mountains and woodlands towards Malin head, Irelands most northerly point. With the top down the salty breeze is exhilarating. The raw rugged nature of the landscape is a pleasant escape with opportunities for a stop or a coffee around every corner.
Mayo and the West
Sligo is the gateway to the west of Ireland, an hour from our base it opens a world of opportunities for you. Drive along the coast to Ballina and the famous Moy Salmon River. Weave through the myriad of villages and their markets. The west of Ireland, Connemara and stunning villages like Westport and Linnane are great for a break or a walk. The roads are quiet and less windy than those of Donegal.