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  • 1 Skellig Islands Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Portmagee

    Like the peaks of submerged mountains, these almost barren rocks stand some 16km out in the Atlantic. The smallest, Little Skellig (not accessible), is a nature reserve teeming with puffins and gannets. The largest, Skellig Michael, is the site of a ..

  • 2 Killarney National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Ross Rd. IRL - Killarney

    Killarney National Park covers 10 000ha, it includes three lakes - Lough Leane, Muckross Lake and Upper Lake, which are linked by the Long Range River - the foreshore and the mountain slopes south and west. The heart of the park is Muckross Estate, d..

  • 3 Slea Head Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Dingle

    The steep slopes of Mount Eagle (516m) evoke a pre-Christian, indeed prehistoric, landscape that reamins largely unspoilt. Dry stone walls create a mosaic patchwork of little fields in which stand over 400 clocháin (hive-shaped huts), some within rou..

  • 4 Ring of Kerry Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N 70 IRL - Killarney

    The Iveragh peninsula combines tall mountains, rocky bays, sandy beaches and fine sea views. One of the world's best know tourist routes, the N 70 forms part of the famous "Ring of Kerry", along the coast between Killorglin in the north and..

  • 5 Glen Inchaquin Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R 571 IRL - Kenmare

    A track leads to the isolated heart of these mountains abounding in lakes, streams, sessile oak trees and a rich carpet of wild flowers. At the end of the glen, a farm offers parking, a tea room and a picnic area at the foot of spectacular falls, cas..

  • 6 Skellig Ring Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R 567 IRL - Ballinskelligs

    The little frequented Skellig Ring (signposted from the N 70) cuts across wild landscapes via charming little roads. Ballinskelligs village is the start of a predominantly Irish-speaking area - gaeltacht (roadsigns only in Gaelic). Look out for the r..

  • 7 Gallarus Oratory Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R 559 IRL - Ballyferriter

    Most likely built in the 9C in dry stone, this chapel, in the shape of an inverted boat, is a well-preserved example of a corbelled building. A window opens to the east and a door surmounted by a double lintel opens to the west. Above the door, a pai..

  • 8 Derrynane House Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N 70 IRL - Caherdaniel

    Derrynane House once belonged to Daniel O'Connell, the Great Liberator. The grounds (120 ha) bordering Derrynane Bay include a beach, an bird sanctuary and Abbey Island, which is only accessible at low tide. From the castle, pathways offer walks thro..

  • 9 Dingle Peninsula Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Dingle

    Dingle Peninsula, in southwest Ireland, is the northernmost Kerry peninsula and that which protrudes the furthest into the Atlantic Ocean. Sheer cliffs, bare mountains and a fretwork of tiny stone-walled fields set the scene. Brandon Mountain (951m) ..

  • 10 Connor Pass Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Dingle

    This is the highest pass (456m - car park) open to cars in Ireland. The road hugs the flank of the mountain to reach the pass, commanding superb views of Dingle Harbour to the south and Brandon Mountain to the north, as well as overlooking Brandon Ba..

  • 11 Gap of Dunloe Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Killarney

    The U-shaped breach (457m deep) is traversed by a narrow unsurfaced road which winds up a series of hairpin bends, alongside several mountain tarns, crosses a tumbling stream and passes by the ruins of a Royal Irish Constabulary strongpoint. Most tra..

  • 12 Dursey Island Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Kenmare

    The island's isolation ended in 1970, when Ireland's only cable car began to operate across the strait. It can accommodate 6 passengers, or one cow and one farmer. Ringed by cliffs (6km), the island has one village, Kilmichael, and one road. Its main..

  • 13 Banna Strand Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    R 551 IRL - Banna

    This long sandy beach (8km) was used by David Lean in his 1968 film, Ryan's Daughter. It has a monument commemorating Roger Casement (1864-1916), who landed here from a German submarine with a cargo of weapons for the Easter Uprising rebels. He was s..

  • 14 Staigue Fort Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    N 70 IRL - Castlecove

    This 2 000 year-old fort is one of the most famous ringforts in Ireland. Built of drystone on higher ground to make it possible to keep a lookout without being seen, it housed a small community. The walls, 4m thick and 5m high, are doubled up, inside..

  • 15 Loher Stone Fort Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N 70 IRL - Waterville

    Dating from the Early Middle Ages, this well restored ringfort has an exterior fortification 20m in diameter, with two terraces, which enclose two constructions, one rectangular, the other circular, where the entrance to an underground passage was lo..

  • 16 Lough Currane Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    N 70 IRL - Waterville

    Separated from the sea by an isthmus, this lake is known for its wild salmon and sea trout and remains unspoiled: its rocky banks and rugged surroundings make for a wonderful hike (16km round trip on a road open to traffic).

  • 17 Lough Leane Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Killarney National Park IRL - Killarney

    The largest of the three lakes in the Killarney National Park boasts pretty footpaths that lead to Ross Island peninsula, where copper used to be mined. To follow in the footsteps of pilgrims of old, such as the famous Irish king, Brian Ború, head to..

  • 18 Reasc Monastery Interesting

    Religious buildings

    IRL - Ballyferriter

    Reasc is a site where the ruins of a 6C monastery lie, within a surrounding wall. Of particular note are the vestiges of an oratory and of several huts that were used as the monks' cells that have been preserved here. The enclosure also contains seve..

  • 19 Corca Dhuibhne Regional Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Trá Lí IRL - Ballyferriter

    The museum retraces various aspects of life and history in the Dingle peninsula: ancient monuments, literature from the Blasket Islands and 190 folk scenes.

  • 20 Crag Cave Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    N 21 IRL - Castleisland

    This complex of limestone caves is thought to be over one million years old. A short descent leads to the galleries and chambers which are open to the public. The natural beauty of the various calcite formations is enhanced by a lighting system, reve..

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