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Scenic Road Trips to Enjoy the Autumn Colours

by Aoife-Jayne Hennessy | 1 min read

October 16th, 2019

Northern Ireland, as well as the rest of the island, is possibly even more beautiful than normal this time of year with the colourful, crunchy leaves falling amongst the greenery. Because of this, autumn can be a great time for a road trip. Plus, by this time of year most tourists have gone home leaving quiet country roads. We take a look at just a few paths to get your fix of the gorgeous changing leaves this year.

Closer to Home

Co. Antrim: The Dark Hedges

Despite its name, The Dark Hedges can be surprisingly idyllic. The beech trees, planted back in the 18th century, have grown together over time to form a tunnel of greenery around Bregagh Road.

Autumn brings a stunning change of colour to the already beautiful formation of leaves. Plus, the surrounding hedges turn into a display of yellow and red. Meaning this time of year can be great for a photo opp!


Co. Donegal: Malin Head

If you’re hoping to catch the Northern Lights this year, you might find some luck in autumn months with potentially clearer skies and longer nights. Check out Malin Head for a scenic backdrop to the light display.

Co. Sligo: Lough Gill

This time of year, Lough Gill becomes a display of colour. Take all 35 kilometres to soak in the views with a drive around the loop, beginning and ending in Sligo.

Autumn Road Trips

Co. Galway: Derryclare Lough

From Clifden, you can take a 60km drive along the Galway Road to the Derrylcare Lough and Kylemore Abbey. Pine Island may not seem like the best place to see the season’s changing leaves, but the lush green of the pines makes for a beautiful contrast against the seasonal colours, the Twelve Bens mountains, and the crisp lake casting reflections.

Co. Wicklow: The Wicklow Valley

150-200 year old trees will line your Wicklow drive. Plus, you’ll have a chance to reminisce the classic film on the 80km Braveheart Drive. Or, you may want to stop by the small, cosy villages along your drive.

This guidance is for general information purposes only.

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