Road Trips at Home and Abroad with Ivan on Newstalk

A Road Trip is on everybody’s Bucket List. It’s a great holiday for those that like to be on the move or want to see as much as possible while they travel. I’ve chosen three of the best roads and routes to stir the imagination and bring out the Jack Kerouac in everyone. I’ve two routes in the USA, and what is now one of the best Road Trips in the world on the Wild Atlantic Way

Undoubtedly the USA has some of the best known road trips so I’m starting with one of the most desirable – The Pacific Coast Highway and the stretch that runs from San Fransisco down to Los Angeles.  This is a great family holiday destination.

  1. Pacific Coast Highway

The best place to start is San Francisco as you will drive with the Pacific Ocean to your right with unspoilt views. It’s possible to fly direct from Dublin to both LA and San Fran with Aer Lingus.

Things to see and do in San Francisco.

  • hire a bike and cycle over the golden gate bridge
  • visit Alcatraz but be sure to book online well in advance not to be disappointed
  • get the ferry from Sausalito back to San Francisco.
  • enjoy the food – San Fran is a foodie town and great hustle and bustle at Fisherman’s Wharf
  • shopping is great at Westgate shopping centre near Union Square
  • ride a trolley and get the feel for the Hills of San Francisco

On route places to visit –

Monteray – home to the famous Aquarium and to Steinbeck and see his family home in Salinas

Stop by at the Madonna Inn – a quirky hotel with kitsch styling that will take you back to the fifties. It’s close to San Luis Obispo where you can stop by and see Bubblegum Alley – the kids will love it.

Santa Barbara is a lovely town to stop off en route.


  • Do a bus tour – there are several routes but get to see Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills and Hollywood Boulevard
  • stay at Santa Monica and get the real LA vibe
  • visit Venice Beach

This offer is with Tour America

7 night California Fly/Drive from €859pp
Includes: Return flights, car hire, 3 nights in San Francisco, 1 night in Monterrey, 1 night in Santa Barbara & 2 nights in LA

Offer includes staying at these properties

San Francisco: Holiday Inn Fishermans Wharf

Monterey: Days Inn by Wyndham San Simeon

Santa Barbara: Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn

Los Angeles: The Garland

visit tour americas website here
Based on 2 adults + 2 kids sharing | Travel Feb 2019 | Reference: 628455

  1. Route 66

The original Route 66 is actually no longer a viable route but you can travel on much of the old road as long as you have a good guide and plan mapped out. Parts of the road stop at a dead end where it has been replaced by interstate highways. You can still drive much of it and scenically it is one of the best ways to see America.

Starting in Chicago travel through Missouri and the heartland states – Kansas and Oklahoma. Oklahoma is actually one of the longest stretches of the original road still functioning and it has lovely museums and memorabilia scattered along the way – The people are so friendly and welcoming I recommend spending time there and getting a feel for the states history – especially those interested in Native American Culture. Get to know Arizona and New Mexico before weeping into The Johua Tree national park. Arrival at the end of the road sign on Santa Monica seafront is quite a bucket list adventure.

Celtic Horizons have two different offers available for motorbike fans – one with a mini route 66 tour and another on a motorbike travelling on route 66 see website here

1)      Mini Route 66 Guided Tour 2 persons / 1 bike / 1 room from €2,999.00 pps+ taxes

Departure dates: Vary

No of touring days: 8 days
No of nights in package: 7 nights
Arriving airport :Los Angeles
Departing airport: Las Vegas

Please note you arrive back in Ireland the day after the last day of the tour.


  • Return flights from Ireland
  • All hotel accommodation
  • Late model motorcycle rental Unlimited mileage Free fuel and oil
  • “Welcome” and “Farewell” dinners Helmets for driver and passenger
  • Daily breakfast Professional tour leaders
  • Support vehicle equipped with spare bike and room for additional luggage
  • All taxes, fees and environmental surcharges National park entrance fees
  • Hotel parking fees Discounted activities
  • One Way Transfer fees (when applicable) Transportation between the hotel and the EagleRider location
  • Custom riding jacket Pre-programmed GPS unit (upon request)
  • Supplemental Liability Insurance (see below)


NOT included:

  • Airport taxes and fuel surcharges Personal souvenirs
  • Beverages and Food and snacks (except welcome and farewell meals, as described)
  • Tips Personal travel insurance (see below) EVIP insurance (see below)

2)      Route 66 Self-Guided Tour 2 persons / 1 bike / 1 room from €3,259.00 pps+ taxes

Departure dates vary

Our Route 66 Self Drive Motorcycle Tour is a 15 day journey riding along the world famous “Mother Road” highway. You begin your tour in Chicago, IL and ride for 2400 exciting miles to Los Angeles, CA. Along the way you will pass through 8 states: Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, making stops in some of the most beautiful and historic American cities. You will get a definite sense of the 1950’s Midwest as you ride your Harley into the Ozark Mountains, along the Old West’s Indian country in Oklahoma, across the Great Plains, through the 400 year old city Santa Fe, NM, and into Nevada gambling Mecca, Laughlin. By the time you make it back to Los Angeles you will have toured the best of the “Mainstream of America”, Route 66!

Package Includes


  • Scheduled Flights Dublin-Chicago and Los Angeles-Dublin (not direct servi
  • ces)
  • Late Model Motorcycle Rental
  • 3 – 4 Star Motorcycle Friendly Hotels Unlimited mileage EagleRider Custom Motorcycle Maps
  • Leather-Bound Custom Road Book Custom Daily Itinerary
  • Supplemental Liability Insurance (cover up to US$1million) EVIP-Zero Insurance (for your vehicle)
  • Transportation between Tour Hotel and EagleRider Locations

Not Included:

  • Personal Travel Insurance Airport Taxes @ €237.00
  • Meals except where specified Anything not listed in “What’s Included” above

American Sky

If you’d like to ride the route in a car then american sky have this trip along route 66 in a self-drive package for €1979 click here for more details




Wild Atlantic Way. In 2017 it was voted the best self-drive road trip in the world by Chinese tourism in Shanghai. Voted by 10 million Chinese travellers.

Most spectacular scenery to rival the west coast of the usa.

Donegal voted coolest place on planet by national Geo Traveller in 2017

It feels undiscovered and unspoilt and although they are trying to improve the roads it’s a challenge to navigate the racetrack bends. I visited Arranmore and it is easy to get to €7.50 for a foot passenger €30 for a car and driver – it’s a great place to explore and you will feel as if you are on the edge of the earth. I stayed on the island in a B&B with Annie Bonner for €35 with lovely sea views – silver strand –

If your road trip starts in the middle of the country then stop off in Athlone

Wineport Lodge has the most unique setting on the edge of Ireland’s peaceful Inland Waterways. Situated just 4KM from the M6 Motorway, one hour’s drive from West Dublin, it is very easily accessible from anywhere in Ireland.

More than a hotel, this is a luxury lodge with a unique sense of warmth and comfort at every turn. Nestled on the shores of Lough Ree, in an idyllic setting surrounded by native woodland, Wineport Lodge is exceptional in both style and service. With hosts who instinctively ensure you’re every need is met, here 4 star luxury comes wrapped in easy humour and effortless hospitality.

Overnight, Dine and Delight at Wineport Lodge, Co. Westmeath (1 night B&B with dinner)

Escape to Wineport Lodge – the home of ‘The Restaurant’ show. Leave the world at the lodge door and enjoy bold rustic flavours over dinner before relaxing while the lapping waters lull you to sleep. When you wake, spoil yourself a little more with breakfast in bed and the morning paper.   Includes: Table D’Hote dinner, overnight accommodation, breakfast in bed and morning paper.

Valid From: 01.03.2018 To: 31.12.2018

From: €120 Per Person Sharing

  1. Wineport Lodge, Co Westmeath

Rooms from €75 per person sharing

Suites from €99 per person sharing

My Wild Atlantic Road trip took me to two fabulous Country house hotels in Galway.

Cashel House Hotel in Cashel close to Roundstone and Clifden.

Cashel House, formerly one of Connemara’s most gracious homes, set in 50 acres of grounds on the beautiful coastline of Cashel Bay with Cashel Hill rising behind. It has been our our pleasure to welcome guests for the past 40 years.

The location is an ideal base from which to enjoy walking, beaches, sea and lake fishing, golf, horse riding, Kylemore Gardens and trips of Aran and Inish Boffin islands. Guided hill walks are available by arrangement.

Our restaurant, situated in the conservatory overlooking the gardens, serves country house cooking at its best with a selection of locally caught seafood, Connemara lamb, fruit, vegetables and herbs from our own gardens and the locality. We also have an extensive wine list.
There is also a garden school, stud farm and equestrian shop on the grounds of the hotel, run by your hosts, the McEvilly family

  1. Cashel House Co. Galway

Bed & Breakfast from €75 – €95 per person sharing

July & August Enticing 2 night break at Cashel House, Co Galway (2 nights B&B with dinner on one night)

Enjoy 2 nights’ accommodation & breakfast dinner on one evening & a complimentary Irish Coffee after Dinner in this little bit of paradise.

Valid From: 01.07.2018 To: 30.08.2018

From: €245 per person sharing

  1. Currarevagh House, Co Galway

Bed & Breakfast from €70 – €90

I moved along the Wild Atlantic Way to Currarevagh House and enjoyed a warm welcome from owner Henry. Old fashioned (in the best sense of the word), Currarevagh House is a Victorian country manor romantically situated on the shores of Lough Corrib in 150 acres of private woodland. Built by the present owner’s ancestors in 1842, it is still run more along the lines of a private country house rather then as an hotel, and the tranquil informality lends itself to those seeking a relaxing few days. Lough Corrib is famous for its wild brown trout fishing and Ghillies (guides) can be arranged at current rates.

There is an 18 hole golf course in Oughterard and five other courses within an hour’s drive. The traditional Irish Country House atmosphere that Currarevagh provides offers a uniquely wonderful experience.

Having all Connemara (including the Aran Islands and The Burren) within easy reach for touring, Currarevagh is the perfect base for exploring the magnificent West of Ireland. Our own boats with engine provide guests with the opportunity of enjoying Lough Corrib, and picnics are prepared on request. There are many walks, both on our private estate and in the local area, including the recently upgraded and spectacular Western Way.

Prices are with Ireland’s Blue Book or contact the hotels directly

Terrific Two Nights Bed & Breakfast, with 1 Dinner at Currarevagh House, Co. Galway. (2 nights B&B with dinner on one night)

Stay for a unique two nights with us at Currarevagh House in beautiful Connemara. The private 180 acre lake shore estate allows you to escape the world, yet we are perfectly situated for touring the area and indeed only 30 minutes from the ferry port for the Aran Islands. This rate includes 2 nights stay with delicious Full Irish Breakfast each morning, Afternoon Tea on both days served in the drawing rooms, and dinner on one of the evenings. Dinner at Currarevagh is not to be missed – Lucy cooks with originality, expertise and pride; you will be looked after by our long serving local staff; everything adds up to a most memorable experience.

Valid From: 09.03.2018 To: 28.10.2018

From: €205.00 Per Room Per Night