These will make your mind numb!
Basically this is the deal: You drive to the bottom of a hill and turn off the engine of your car. You slip the car into neutral and let off the brakes and….. your car rolls gently up the hill. Impossible, yet you can feel it happening and see it happening with your own eyes!
Of course it is impossible to roll uphill and the reality is that the upward slope of the road is an optical illusion, albeit a totally convincing one, and you are rolling down a hill. Still, it’s a weird feeling.
Where to find a Magic Road
There are two very well known ones, there may be more and if so I would love to hear about them!
1. Comeragh Mountains, Co Wateford
This is a bit tricky to find, but the Comeragh Mountains are incredibly beautiful and you will enjoy the search!
On the road from Dungarvan to Waterford (N25), turn left onto a road signposted Comeragh Drive (R767). From there follow signs to Mahon Falls. You will first turn left at a crossroad, then right onto a narrow road. You will shortly start desending a hill. At the bottom of the hill there is a single tree – a rag tree – stop here, but the car in neutral, let off the brakes and let the car roll!
Here are some people experiencing the magic!
3. Near Dundalk, Co Louth
From the town of Dundalk take the R173 towards Carlingford for about 6-7 miles. Just after a Texaco petrol station take a left turn. Continue until you come to a T junction, turn right, then immediately left. You will be going uphill at this point – go to the top of the hill, then down the other side until you reach a hut by the side of the road. Stop here, let off the brakes and back up the hill you will go!
Skip to 2.20 in the video below to see this hill do its thing.
Map of Magic Roads in Ireland
Posted: December 19, 2008 | Updated: July 24, 2014 | Image Credits