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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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 ..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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 ..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 Charles Fort Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Summer Cove IRL - Kinsale

    This fort was built in the 17C during a campaign to fortify the bay. Its star-shaped layout is reminiscent of Vauban's citadels. The fort has two enormous bastions facing the sea and forms a circle around a real town. It remained occupied by the Engl..

  • 9 Charles Fort Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Summer Cove IRL - Kinsale

    This fort was built in the 17C during a campaign to fortify the bay. Its star-shaped layout is reminiscent of Vauban's citadels. The fort has two enormous bastions facing the sea and forms a circle around a real town. It remained occupied by the Engl..

  • 10 Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Custom-House Quay IRL - Dublin

    A touching reminder of the days of the Great Famine, this is an exact replica of the tall ship, which was initially built in Quebec in 1847. Owned by a family of timber merchants, it transported timber across the Atlantic from Canada and brought back..

  • 11 Sheep's Head Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Kilcrohane

    This untamed peninsula promises spectacular panoramic views. For walkers, the Sheep's Head Way is a major itinerary. It forms a circuit starting at Bantry, is not difficult and you can opt to do just one section. By car, from Durrus, the road runs cl..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 Poulnabrone Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    R 480 IRL - Carran

    Set in a splendid, craggy landscape, this large dolmen dating back 5 000 years is a fine example of a megalithic tomb, large enough to contain the remains of more than 20 people, along with pottery and jewellery.

  • 14 Cahercommaun Fort Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R 480 IRL - Carran

    Teetering on the edge of a cliff, this fort with three concentric walls is one of the country's finest. It is thought to have been built during the Iron Age and occupied until the 9C. The Roman remains unearthed here provided evidence of the existenc..

  • 15 Inishbofin Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Cleggan

    This island of meadows, sandy beaches and rugged cliffs was the lair of the notorious pirate queen, Grace O'Malley. Cromwell later captured Inishbofin, garrisoned it and detained prisoners here. At the foot of Cromwell's fort is a stone - visible at ..

  • 16 Inagh Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R 344 IRL - Finnisglin

    One of Connemara's prettiest roads runs through this valley, framed to the north by the Maum turk Mountains, which peak at 700m, and the Twelve Bens to the south. Lough Inagh and Derryclare Lough lakes lie below, surrounded by peatland.

  • 17 Delphi-Liscarney Scenic Road Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Liscarney

    This bumpy road takes you directly to Westport. The Scenic Road snakes over 20km through desolate mountains, covered by moors and forest, before meeting the N 59 at Liscarney.

  • 18 Doo Lough Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R 335 IRL - Delphi

    A very romantic mountain lake, Doo Lough is enclosed by Mweelrea and the Sheeffry Hills. Heading west from the northern end of the lake, experienced hikers might want to tackle Ben Bury (795m) and Mweelrea (16km, 8hr - a difficult climb, bring a map)..

  • 19 Silver Strand Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Killadoon

    With its immense silvery sand beach and dunes, Silver Strand is one of the country's loveliest beaches. You get here via a pretty road that crosses the village of Killeen and the remarkable Bunlahinch Bridge: built out of enormous stone slabs, it ena..

  • 20 Ceide Fields Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    IRL - Belderrig

    Perched high up, the huge archaeological site of Ceide Fields gives you an insight into County Mayo's history since prehistory. Although the excavations are of little interest to the layman, the reconstruction of a 5 000-year-old abode, the explanati..

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