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for its regional cuisine and annual food festival. The area provides endless postcard views of the south Irish coast, but remember to stop to snap a photo with your phone: It’s illegal in Ireland to hold a mobile phone when driving. After overnighting in Killarney, tick off two iconic Irish drives: the Slea Head Drive and the Ring of Kerry. Slea Head’s 65-kilometre loop is best taken slowly—not just because of the endless green cliffs, begging for an Instagram—but because road signs are in Gaelic (this region promotes use of the native language) and numerous cyclists also share the road. Guinness for strength The scenic drive from Derry to Giant’s Causeway 34 suMMer 2018 CAA sasKaTcHeWan Devote the rest of the day to the bucket-list 179-kilometre Ring of Kerry. Be sure to stop at the Torc Waterfall, gaze at offshore Great Blasket Island and take time at the ancient stone forts of Staigue and Loher. County Kerry locals often set up on the side of the road to sell handmade wool shawls or blankets. Leaving Killarney, head north to the Wild Atlantic Way, a 2,600-kilometre route that passes through nine Irish counties. Break up the drive to Galway via the N21 with a stop in Limerick, a city known for Georgian townhomes and the medieval St. Mary’s FoTograFiczna T he first day of driving provides a good lesson in using toll roads. There are 11 such roads in Ireland with tollbooths that allow payment by cash or credit card. Another impor- tant driving note: It’s easier to find gas stations in bigger cities than on rural roads. On motorways and major regional roads, look for Circle K Service Stations. The 400-plus outlets across the country offer gas, free Wi-Fi, ATMs, convenience stores and restrooms. Sidetrack to visit the pretty streets of Waterford. Skip the M9 motorway and take regional roads NR688/N24 for views of charming villages and verdant hills. The oldest city of Ireland, Waterford was established as a Viking settlement in AD 914. Stroll around the Viking Triangle, anchored by the 13th-century fortification of Reginald’s Tower. Not to be missed: a pit stop at the House of Waterford to pick up a piece of the city’s namesake crystal. Killarney, the next stop on the driving itinerary, can take less than three hours to reach, but take the long way along the N71. The detour reveals County Cork’s seaside villages, with their colourful storefronts and family- run pubs. Other fun places to pull over include the port of Cobh, where many Irish left to emigrate to the New World, and the coastal town of Kinsale, known