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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 Antrim Glens Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Gaults Road GB - Cushendall

    The road along the Antrim coast takes in some varied landscape. On the sea side are charming villages, vast expanses of shore, high basalt and limestone cliffs, with Scotland's Mull of Kintyre in the distance. Inland lie the glens, narrow little vall..

  • 3 Horn Head Scenic Route Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Homhead Rd. IRL - Dunfanaghy

    A rich habitat for sea birds, Horn Head has high cliffs (180m) on its north coast. To the southwest lies McSwyne's Gun, a blow hole where the ocean bursts upwards. The narrow road offers fine views west towards the islands of Inishbofin, Inishdooey a..

  • 4 Old Library Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    College St. IRL - Dublin

    This sober library (1712-1732) is by Thomas Burgh, chief engineer and surveyor general. The wonderful treasury includes some of the library's most important works including the extraordinary Book of Kells, and illuminated manuscript on vellum (c 800)..

  • 5 Glendalough Monastic Complex Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R 756 IRL - Glendalough

    Lying east of the lower lake, the ruins of the second monastery are the most important part of the complex. The 30m-high 10C round tower is the most striking feature; it was a watchtower and place of refuge. Beyond the entrance situated 4m above the ..

  • 6 Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    IRL - Derreen

    This centre is remarkable in many respects, firstly on account of its architecture, which does not in any way detract from the Cliffs of Moher site. Emerging from the greenery, the restaurant's bay window offers a breathtaking view. The "Atlanti..

  • 7 Atlantic Drive Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R 319 IRL - Mulrany

    Leaving from Mulrany, Atlantic Drive leads to Achill Island. Once past the bridge and Achill Sound, the road follows the southern coast, where one of Grace O'Malley's dungeons stands. A little before Cashel is the turn-off for Minaun Heights (464m), ..

  • 8 Cliffs of Magho Viewpoint Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    A46 GB - Rosscor

    A one-way scenic drive snakes 11km up through the Lough Navar Forest Park to the viewpoint at the top of the Cliffs of Magho. The panoramic view seems infinite, taking in the entire northern end of Lower Lough Erne as far as the Blue Stack Mountains ..

  • 9 Giant's Causeway Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    rd. Causeway GB - Causeway Head BT57 8SU

    The Giant's Causeway is one of the most famous natural wonders in Ireland. The 40 000 basalt columns have inspired legend, constant wonder and curiosity, and given rise to ardent scientific debate. Nowadays, this UNESCO world heritage site attracts h..

  • 10 Castle Ward Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    A25 GB - Strangford

    Grounds dominating Strangford Lough provide the superb setting for this residence, built from 1760 to 1775. It is a unique architectural compromise between the tastes of Bernard Ward and his wife Anne. He had a penchant for the rigour of classical st..

  • 11 Castle Coole Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    A4 GB - Enniskillen BT74

    Situated by a lake on a gentle slope dotted with great beech and oak trees, this magnificent neo-Classical residence is probably the most beautiful in Ireland. It was designed by James Wyatt and completed in 1798 for the Corry family, counts of Belmo..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 Dun Aonghasa Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    IRL - Kilmurvy

    On the isle of Inishmore, a footpath cuts through the hill up to the edge of the cliffs (61m), where there is a great drystone fort. It is one of Europe's finest prehistoric monuments, with three lines of defence. Stone stakes are planted at an angle..

  • 14 Hunt Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Rutland St. IRL - Limerick

    This former 18C customs house displays the remarkable collection of John and Gertrude Hunt, experts in religious and medieval art. Among the masterpieces is a carved wood sculpture of Apollo god of the arts, a little equestrian bronze attributed to L..

  • 15 Bunglass Cliffs Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Teelin

    After a steep climb (305m) with a swing around Lough O'Mulligan, the road reaches the summit of the cliffs (car park), from where there is a spectacular view of the south branch of Slieve League (601 m) plunging into the sea. As sombre and menacing a..

  • 16 Glenveagh National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R 251 IRL - Kilmacrenan

    Glenveagh National Park (9 667ha) consists of Lough Beagh, the surrounding bog, moorland and natrual woodlands of oak and birch. The luxurious gardens around a romantic granite castle, situated on a hill near the lake, are a vivid contrast. The Visit..

  • 17 Glendalough Valley Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R 756 IRL - Glendalough

    St Kevin came to this long isolated valley, in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, to find solitude. Later, he founded a monastery that became a highly frequented pilgrimage centre and still continues to attract hoards of tourists. The «Glen of the T..

  • 18 Russborough House Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N 81 IRL - Blessington

    This magnificent Palladian mansion stands on gently sloping ground leading down to the waters of Poulaphouca Reservoir, which reflect the Wicklow Mountains lying beyon it. The lawned terraces behind the house are original. The short drive passes the ..

  • 19 Clonmacnoise Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Main St. IRL - Shannonbridge

    Founded in 545 by St Kieran in the heart of Ireland, this monastery was also the burial place of the Kings of Connaught and Tara. As its renown grew, it was plundered with increasing regularity and finally reduced to ruin in 1552 by English troops fr..

  • 20 Newgrange Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    IRL - Donore

    Dating from the same era as the pyramids, the mound (1.25 acres²; 80-85m in diameter and 11m high) consists of a cairn of stones enclosed within a circle of 97 kerbstones, some of which are decorated and surmounted by a facing of round granite boulde..

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