28 April 2018


It's Spring, the lighter nights have arrived, and the weather is giving us little preview of what's to come! With the brighter nights setting in, it gives us a nudge to head outside more often, and with so many great places on our doorstep we just need to jump into the car and head down the road to explore new places.

At Kerr's Tyres & Auto we want to share with you our Top 4 Places to Drive this Spring.


Strangford Lough

First up, is the wonderful Strangford Lough. This designated area of outstanding natural beauty is a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon. Passing our Newtownards centre and heading along the Portaferry Road, you'll reach the Floodgates - a great place to enjoy beautiful views, clear open water and a wee dander towards Scrabo Tower, to view the most northerly point of Strangford Lough.

As Northern Ireland's first marine nature reserve and the British Isles' largest sea inlet, you'll want to stop off and enjoy the stunning scenery. Follow the coast on down and take a stop off at Mount Stewart. This National Trust property is known as a 'neo-classical family home with some of the most unique gardens in the world'; on a Spring day, these unique gardens provide the perfect place to stretch your legs and explore. If you've got the little ones along with you, you may want to follow the stretch on down and make a stop off at Exploris Aquarium.


Jump in the car and head along the M2 from Belfast to Antrim Castle Gardens for a wander around one of the most unique and historically intact gardens in the UK and throughout Ireland. This spot, known as a living museum is right a short walk away from our Antrim centre. The garden coffee shop is a great place to relax after you’ve explored the gallery and exhibition spaces.


If you're still up for exploring after this, take the Portglenone Road straight through to Portglenone forest. Venture through the mature forest towards the River Bann for a view of the Bann Bridge, and maybe even a glimpse of the bluebells that cover the forest in late Spring, early Summer.



Belfast isn't your typical place to go for a drive, but with the history that is contained within it it's a great place to explore. Take a detour off the M2 towards our Belfast city centre and along the Dargan Road for some great views of Belfast Lough, follow this road back around, leading you through Belfast Harbour and along Corry Road. This will bring you around Custom House Square, to view the Albert Clock and the Big Fish before taking you across the bridge towards Titanic Quarter.


Titanic Quarter is one of the world's largest urban-waterfront regeneration projects, built upon the spot where the RMS Titanic was designed and built. There is a lot of history to be seen in this area, alongside some great places to eat! Housing one of Europe's largest film studios - Titanic Studios, the area is also a great spot for Game of Thrones fans as this was the main studio for all eight seasons of the HBO show.


North Coast

Our Coleraine centre is located near the north-western coast, the place that many folks in Ireland are extremely proud of. Drive out from Coleraine along the A2 and onto the Mussenden Road. You'll arrive at Downhill Beach - the perfect place to start a road-trip along the north-western coast.


Stop off at the beautiful Mussenden Temple, which is perched dramatically on a 120 ft cliff top, high above the Atlantic Ocean. Follow the road on down and pass through Portstewart, Portrush and along to Portballintrae. There are lots of lovely places to stop off for food in Bushmills, before you follow on down towards Dunseverick and along to Ballintoy - another great place for those Game of Thrones fans!



At Kerr's Tyres & Auto we advise drivers to always do a quick check of your tyres, oil levels, screen wash, lights and window wipers before heading off on a long journey. However, all these great road-trip routes pass by each of our centres, so if worst comes to the worst - we'll be here to help!


Enjoy your Spring travels! Why not share some of your travels with us via social media using the hashtag #kerrtravels


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