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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

    The monastery, founded in 545 by St Kieran in the heart of Ireland, was also the burial place of the Kings of Connaught and Tara. As its reputation grew, so did its appeal to bandits and it was regularly plundered. It was finally reduced to ruin in 1..

  • 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

    More than any other region of Ireland, Connemara has resisted invaders and colonisation. For centuries the ferocious O'Flaherty clan held sway, until dislodged by Cromwell whose men exercised a brutal rule from their stronghold on Inishbofin. Despite..

  • 5 The Burren Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Ennis

    The Burren's often bewitching appeal is due to its rugged landscapes and wealth of historic remnants. A single visit can combine magnificent natural sites as varied as Aillwee Cave, a 1km-long underground gallery and waterfall and the Cliffs of Moher..

  • 6 Chester Beatty Library Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

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

    The Biblical works contain Syriac, Armenian, Ethiopian and Coptic works, together with copies of the first Western Bibles, Books of Hours and priceless papyri dating from the early 2C to the 4C. The section on Japanese and Chinese arts includes remar..

  • 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. According to legend it was built by the giant Finn McCool so that the Scottish giant could accept his invitation to Ireland for a trial of strength. In fact the Causeway was t..

  • 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 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..

  • 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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