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  • 1 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.

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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 ..

  • 7 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 ..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 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..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 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 ..

  • 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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