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4 great Northern Ireland driving routes to enjoy this spring

Road trip, anyone?

Take a drive through the Mournes area.
Take a drive through the Mournes area.

By Claire McKeever

With the brighter evenings and longer days, there is no better time than spring to take to the open road and fill up on the great surroundings that we have.

From bendy country roads to epic coastal scenery, there is so much to soak up when driving through Northern Ireland.

Below are a few of the great driving routes to experience this spring.

1. Down to Co Down

From the breath-taking views along Strangford Lough to historic treasures lying along the Saint Patrick’s Trail, Co Down is an area that continuously impresses.

Not to mention there are the epic Mourne Mountains to draw you in, and the popular seaside town of Newcastle with its assortment of tempting ice-cream shops and cafes.

2. Captivated by the Causeway Coast

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Starting in Belfast and ending in Derry (or vice versa), the Causeway Coastal Route gets really exciting as you reach the awe-inspiring cliffs and wondrous sites that include Dunluce Castle, the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

Drive onwards towards Carrickfergus and you will come across the beloved Glens of Antrim and plenty of places to stop off at for a few pics.

3. Fermanagh’s Fabulous Lakes

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Fermanagh’s Lakelands are up there with some of the best lakes in Ireland.

The expansive lakes, spreading from Lower to Upper Lough Erne, will easily take up a day or two of exploring.

Discover the historic treasures of the lakes’ Islands and take a peaceful walk along its stunning shores before visiting Belleek Pottery, the Marble Arch Caves or Enniskillen Town.

4. Mighty Tyrone

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Central Sperrins

Often bypassed for the coast, the Sperrin Mountains and Tyrone are a perfect destination for those looking for an alternative road trip.

In this part of Northern Ireland are endless opportunities to get away from it all and properly immerse yourself in the great outdoors.

Must-sees include the Ulster American Folk Park and Bronze Age Beaghmore Stones.

Find your perfect driving route across Northern Ireland (and beyond) with Expedia’s Drive Ireland site.

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