Dublin, the Giant’s Causeway, the Cliffs of Moher… These are some famous places that reflect the beauty of the Emerald Isle. But this time we want to look at that unknown Ireland and places that are perhaps less touristic, but full of magic. Can you come with us?
1. Kilkee Cliffs
The Irish coast is full of wonderful places. In the county of Claire, south of those of Moher, we find these other cliffs. They have less height, true, but the great advantage is that they are less crowded. Besides, You can do several routes in which natural pools and a beautiful natural amphitheater are discovered.
2. Spanish Point
Also located in County Clare, its name has a reason: It was off these coasts that some of the ships of the Spanish Armada succumbed against the force of the elements. Terrible shipwrecks in one of the most beautiful places on the Irish coast that are remembered today with a commemorative monolith.
3. Connor Pass
It is on the Dingle Peninsula and it is the highest flyover in Ireland, ensuring spectacular views: a rugged and glacial landscape, dotted with small lakes and waterfalls and, in the background, the sea. Of course, the passage is quite narrow, so it is advisable to drive with caution.
4. Mussenden Temple
A Greek temple on the edge of a cliff? This is one of the most surprising and beautiful corners of that unknown Ireland that we are touring. It’s in County Londonderry, it was built in the 18th century and you probably won’t guess what it is. Bishop Derry devised it as a library. Can you imagine a more beautiful place to enjoy reading?
5. Skellig Michael
It is the larger of two rocky islets off the coast of County Kerry. An incredible paleo-Christian monastery from the 6th century is discovered here which is accessed by climbing almost 300 steps carved into the rock. It seems incredible that the monks could support life, completely isolated, in this place. Incidentally, scenes from star wars.
Much friendlier is the image of this little town located near Limerick. A town surrounded by a wonderful and green landscape in which there is something very characteristic: its houses protected by thatched roofs. For many it is the most beautiful town in Ireland. What do you think?
7. Poulnabrone Dolmen
Ireland has a long, very long history, and the dolmens that can be found in its territory attest to it. Perhaps the most unique due to its shape is that of Kilclooney, but we are going to focus on another, in the Poulnabrone dolmen. What’s so special about it? What It was built in one of the most spectacular rocky areas that you can see: The Burren. By the way, you will find it in County Clare.
8. Killary Fjord
That unknown Ireland that we are visiting also hides landscapes that you might not expect to find. Because here there are also fjords, at least one. Perhaps not as spectacular as those of other latitudes, but it is beautiful. A tongue of water that penetrates several kilometers into the beautiful landscapes of Connemara, west of the island. A place to disconnect from everything.
9. Unknown Ireland: Loch Tay
This lake is special. Why? Because of the dark color of its waters, almost as much as that well-known Irish stout, which is why it is also known as Lake Guinness. And besides, it has a curious legend, it says that its depth is little because in the Middle Ages they recommended women to drink its waters during pregnancy. Curious, don’t you think?
We couldn’t leave Ireland without visiting one of its castles. This isn’t the biggest, nor is it the oldest, but it has a famous owner: Jeremy Irons. The actor bought it when it was in ruins and restored it, although the color chosen to paint his walls did not exactly please him. In it we finish our tour of corners of that unknown but wonderful Ireland.