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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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 ..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 Brú Na Bóinne Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    IRL - Donore

    The stretch of valley between Drogheda and Slane, Brú na Bóinne (Gaelic for Palace of the Boyne) is home to spectacular megalithic tombs dating back more than 5 000 years. Some 40 burial places have been identified, but only three have been systemati..

  • 5 Slieve League Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Teelin

    One of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the country. Several paths lead to the top of this cliff (601m) that runs right down to the sea. Whichever itinerary you opt for, the views are unforgettable. The Pilgrim's Path climbs to the summit and ..

  • 6 Rock of Cashel Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R 660 IRL - Cashel

    A 60m-high limestone outcrop topped by a group of buildings, the Rock of Cashel is Ireland's Acropolis. Evoking Celtic Christianity and the high kings of Ireland, Cashel's jewel is Cormac's Chapel; the perfectly preserved 28m-high round tower is made..

  • 7 Cliffs of Moher Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R 478 IRL - Doolin

    The edges of these cliffs are so dangerous that the footpath is protected by railings. There is a sheer drop from these high, dark sandstone cliffs (182m; 8km long) into the Atlantic. The seabirds huddle on ledges or skim over the tops of the waves. ..

  • 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 Giant's Causeway Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    B146 GB - Bushmills

    At the foot of cliffs, the causeway extends out to sea like a sloping pavement. It is divided into three separate sections by erosion: Lower, Middle and Upper Basalts. The columns themselves are cleaved horizontally forming convex and concave sufaces..

  • 19 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..

  • 20 Craggaunowen Centre 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..

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