Ireland is a beautiful country with rolling green hills, castles, beautiful cliffs and friendly locals. It is a magical country that rich of wonder, history and fun. You will be disappointed when travelling in the island of Ireland. From hypnotizing UNESCO World Heritage sites to spellbinding vistas, here’s the list of 10 beautiful places in Ireland.
Cliffs of Moher
Towering 214 metres over the Atlantic Ocean in western Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher is one of Ireland’s most visited natural attractions. Running from near the village of Doolin for around 8 km. to Hags Head in County Clare, these iconic cliffs hosts the splendid coastal walk. Go to admire the stunning views of Galway Bay, the distant Twelve Pins mountain range and the norther Maum Turk Mountains at the cliffs carved out by a wide river delta.
Ring of Kerry
Running 120 miles through some of southwestern Ireland’s most speechless landscapes, the Ring of Kerry is one of the scenic tourist trails in Ireland. Wander around to enjoy the greenish meadows, glacial lakes and the heather-topped mountains. Highlights of the Ring of Kerry consist of rugged Beara Peninsula and the Kerry Way which is the longest and oldest walking route in Ireland. Stroll along the route and stop by the Killarney National Park, a home to the 15th-century Ross Castle and a herd of wild red deer.
The Giant’s Causeway
The Giant’s Causeway is only one UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland and a testament to Ireland’s the most dramatic tourist attractions. Visit the amazing 40,000 polygonal basalt rock columns formed by the ancient volcanic landscape and stretching along the coastline like a series of gigantic stepping stones.
Skellig Islands, another magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a pair of small rocky hillock rising up from the sea near the coast of Portmagee. These two islands is a home to the impressive 6th-century monastic complex and fascinating array of birdlife. Climb the hair-raisingly steep to view the monastic remains and variety of birds such as Gannets, Black Guillemots, Cormorants, Razorbills and Herring Gulls.
It is one of few places in Ireland that the visitors can experience a traditional Irish village. You will see many locals speaking Gaelic as their first language and living in small farming communities and driving pony traps. Its countryside is also enchanting. It offers historic forts teetering on cliff tops, endless sandy beaches and miles of rugged coastline.
Glenveagh National Park
Glenveagh is the second-largest National Park in Ireland and the top attraction in County Donegal. There you can see the mountaintop views, enjoy afternoon tea at the 19th-century Glenveagh Castle, fish for salmon and trout in the glittering lakes and look for the park’s rare wildlife.
The Burren features the moon landscape of ruts, grikes and rocky mounds. The karst landscape formed by the thousand years of acid erosion offers a huge jigsaw of fissures on the Coast of County Clare in western Ireland. You also see the myriad of rare plants and vibrant wildflowers springing between the cracks of the rocky terrain and hundred species of insects.
Connemara National Park
Another National Park in Ireland is Connemara National Park which is renowned for the herd of native Connemara Ponies and wild countryside among the famous Twelve Bens mountain range. Benbaun, Bencullagh and Benbrack, three of the Twelve Bens offers numerous hiking and climbing trails. Kylemore Abbey, former monastery is another must-visit place in the park.
Glendolough is the valley of two lakes nestled in the centre of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. The 6th-century Christian Settlement in the valley boasts the collection of intriguing remains with the picturesque Irish countryside as a background. Enjoy the meadows, massive lakes and hillsides full with cute purple heather at the Wicklow.
Cooley Peninsula is a hilly peninsula in County Louth in Ireland. It has a plenty of breathtaking scene to take in. You can enjoy the scenes from the forested Mourne Mountains, stroll through the impressive medieval village of Carlingford or walk along the coastline.