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  • 1 Irish Linen Centre - Lisburn Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    GB - Lisburn

    The events hall has been enlarged and adapted to serve as the local museum, and also houses an interesting exhibition on the area's linen industry. In the Middle Ages, Irish linen was exported to England to be woven. In the 17C the Scots and English ..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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.

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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 ..

  • 8 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.

  • 9 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.

  • 10 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)..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 Trabane Strand Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Malin Beg

    Forming a fine sand corrie surrounded by tall green cliffs, Silver Strand (as it is known locally), only accessible via a steep stairway, is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. You can get here from Malin Beg by taking a road that runs ..

  • 14 Maghera Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Ardara

    The site is accessible by a coastal road from Ardana, on the south bank of Loughros More Bay. Take in the sandbanks and tombolo, lit up by the morning sun. Nine kilometres from Ardara, you pass Maghera Falls, which tumble down from an indentation in ..

  • 15 Doon Fort Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    IRL - Portnoo

    Built on a small island in the middle of a little lake, this remarkable ringfort (3000 BC), not visible from the road, is perfectly preserved. You can hire a boat from the adjacent farm (McHugh Farm) to go and see it. This lovely excursion is even mo..

  • 16 Errigal Mountain Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Dunlewy

    A beautiful conical mountain, Errigal is the highest peak in Donegal (752m). You can get a closer look by going around it on the little road that heads off from near the pub, right opposite the church, at the entrance to the village of Dunlewy. To cl..

  • 17 Muckish Mountain Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Creeslough

    Easily recognisable by its flat top and the large cairn on its summit, Muckish is an impressively rugged mountain. You can climb it by Muckish Gap, a stark and narrow pass.

  • 18 Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GB - Ballintoy BT57

    A 20m-long rope bridge is set up every year for those who want to go fishing on the island, in quest of the salmon migrating to spawn in the River Bush or River Bann. The island forces the fish north (the name means "rock in the road"), dir..

  • 19 Florence Court Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GB - Florence Court

    This grand residence stands within pleasure gardens planted in the early 19C in a spectacular setting at the foot of Mount Cuilcagh. Covered with stone of an attractive golden grey hue, the original three-storey building is thought to have been built..

  • 20 Slieve Gullion Forest Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    B113 GB - Newry BT35 8SW

    Slieve Gullion Forest Park consists of pines, larches and spruce. The Visitor Centre, which contains an exhibition on forestry and a display of obsolete hand tools, is housed in old farm buildings. Nearby is a walled garden set out with lawns around ..

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