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  • 1 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 ..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 Connemara Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Galway

    The wild, jagged headland of Connemara, on the west coast of Ireland, juts out into the sea. Mountains, lakes such as Lough Corrib, torrents, undulating bog, outcrops, unspoilt beaches and endless vistas make up this beautiful region. Take the time t..

  • 5 The Burren Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Ennis

    Covering much of County Clare, the austere limestone plateau of The Burren ("Place of Rock") is one of Ireland's strangest but most compelling landscapes. Lined in steep escarpments and riven with underground rivers and crevices, it slopes ..

  • 6 Chester Beatty Library Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Dublin Castle - accès par le château ou Ship St. IRL - Dublin

    Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968) established one of the most beautiful collections of Islamic and Far Eastern art in the world. A small part of it is permanently exhibited in a building on the edge of the gardens of Dublin Castle. It includes Ar..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 Beara Peninsula Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Lauragh

    Jutting almost 50km into the Atlantic, the rocky Beara peninsula has some of the wildest and most beautiful landscape in southwest Ireland: mountains, moorland and over 130km of coastline starting from Kenmare. Islands include Garinish, Bere (reached..

  • 10 Mizen Peninsula Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Cloghane

    Crossing this peninsula from Skibbereen reveals spectacular landscapes and charming villages like Ballydehob, its high street lined by brightly coloured houses, Skull, a market town and fishing port and Crookhaven, a lively old fishing town where pac..

  • 11 Aran Islands Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Kilronan

    Standing guard at the mouth of Galway bay, the islands of Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer are limestone outcrops geologically linked to the Burren. This stone was used to build great prehistoric forts like Dún Aonghasa et Dún Conor, as well as the ..

  • 12 Inishmaan Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Kilronan

    Measuring 5km by 2km, Inishmaan drops from a high barren rocky plateau at its northeast end down to a sandy shoreline; this is the most desolate of the islands and the least visited. A good diving site, it also has several cultural centres dedicated ..

  • 13 Murrisk Peninsula Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Westport

    Reached along the R 335 heading west from Wesport; after climbing Ireland's sacred mountain, Croagh Patrick, continue to Roonagh Quay from where ferries cross to Clare Island. Surrounded by 90m-high cliffs, this rock-like island commands access to Cl..

  • 14 Achill Island Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Bunacurry

    Linked to the Currane peninsula by a bridge, Ireland's largest island (14 660ha) is a lovely blend of landscapes including Trawmore Strand, Keem Strand and spectacular rock formations culminating in Slievemore (671m) and the Croaghaun (667m). Once po..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 Inishowen (Inis Eoghain) Panoramic Route Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Mill Lane IRL - Buncrana

    The peninsula's name is derived from Eoghain, a 5C king and contemporary of St Patrick. From Buncrana, the road follows the Inishowen peninsula coastline, culminating at Malin Head, Ireland's northernmost point. This is a landscape of forbidding moun..

  • 18 Cormac's Chapel Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Rock of Cashel IRL - Cashel

    The jewel of Cashel was built between 1127 and 1134 by Cormac MacCarthy. In elaborate Romanesque style, it is flanked by two towers. Inside is one of Ireland's oldest wall paintings. Each stone here is embellished by sculpture, the finest of the peri..

  • 19 Craggaunowen Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    R 469 IRL - Kilmurry

    On his lakeside estate, historian John Hunt has rebuilt several prehistoric structures: a circular fort, a togher (wooden walkway across marshland), a hearth and a crannog (artificial island). Also on show is the Brendan, a replica of the wood and hi..

  • 20 National Museum: Country Life Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    IRL - Turlough

    The ideal backdrop for some 50 000 items from the national collection devoted to rural life which had hitherto languished in storage, this new museum is one of four sections of the National museum of Ireland and is sited in the restored Victorian Got..

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