Outdoor lovers will surely find lots to be excited about in Ireland; with acres of wild and windswept countryside, calm and majestic waters, hair-raising coastal cliffs making up the county’s varied scenery. From the mesmerizing and famous world heritage sites, to unique vistas that beg to be photograph. Here are five of the most beautiful places to visit Ireland.
Cliffs of Moher
Aillte an Mhothair or most popularly known as The Cliffs of Moher, are located at the southern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland. They rise 390ft above the Atlantic Ocean at the Hag’s Head and reach their maximum height of 702ft just north of O’Brien’s Tower, eight kilometers to the north. The Cliffs of Moher reign strong as one of the country’s most visited natural attractions, carved out by a gigantic Delta River around 320 million years ago, the imposing cliffs also offer incredible views, stretching over Galway Bay, the distant Twelve Pins mountain range and the northern Maum Turk Mountains.
Glendalough or the Valley of Two Lakes, is one of Ireland’s most prominent monastic sites, nestled in the heart of Wicklow Mountains National Park. Glendalough is a glacial valley renowned for an early medieval monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Nicknamed as the “Garden of Ireland” Wicklow is a nature lover’s paradise of rolling meadows, vast lakes and hillsides carpeted in purple heather.
The Skellig Islands once known as the “Skellocks” are two small and steep, rocky islands lying about 13 kilometers west of Bolus Head in the Iveragh Peninsula, in County Kerry, Ireland. The largest of the tow is called Skellig Michael or the Great Skellig, while the smaller one is called the Little Skellig. Skellig Michael is famous for is also famous for an early Christian Monastery that is a Unesco World Heritage Site.
The Cooley Peninsula is a hilly peninsula in County, Louth, Ireland, which includes towns such as Omeath, Carlingford and Greenore. The peninsula contains the Cooley Mountains, the highest of which, Slieve Foy—the highest peak of a ridge mountains collectively referred to as Carlingford Mountain, which rises near the town of Carlingford, County Louth, Ireland. The Cooley Peninsula is the home of the Leinster and Irish Rugby Players: Rob Kearney and David Kearney.
The Giant’s Causeway
According to the legend: the columns are remains of a causeway built by giants. The story goes that the Irish giant: Fionn mac Cumhaill of Gaelic Mythology was challenged to fight a Scottish giant Benandonner. Fionn accepted the challenge and built the causeway across the north channel so the two giants could meet. There are many versions of the story, some says that Fionn defeated Benandonner, the other version tells that Fionn hid from Benandonner upon seeing its humongous size, other tell that Fionn’s wife disguised him as a baby and placed him in a cradle, when Benandonner saw the size of the baby, he thought that Fionn was bigger that any giants, thus, his retreat. The Giant causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of North Ireland about three miles on the town of Bushmills. The Giant’s Causeway was declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1986.
As what I’ve said: Ireland is a place of wonders, green pastures, mountains, and everything that every outdoor travelers will be excited about. Ireland has a lot of history, culture and stories to offer, making its scenic environs more interesting, majestic and magical.