Those who have a love for nature will find many things to be amazed in Ireland, with areas of wild and breezy countryside, beautiful as an artist’s creation villages and hair-raising coastal rocks making up the country’s wonderfully diverse scenery. From beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites to outstanding views that beg to be photographed, these are 5 of the top travel destinations in Ireland.
Cliffs of Moher
Ireland’s magnificent Mountains of Moher reign clear as one of the country’s most traveled natural charms – mounting 214 meters over the Atlantic Ocean in the west of Ireland. The iconic mountains run from near the village of Doolin for about 8km to Hags Head in County Clare and entertain the country’s most thrilling coastal walk. Formed out by a large river delta around 320 million years ago, the grand mountains also offer unbelievable views, extending over Galway Bay, the far Twelve Pins mountain range and the northern Maumturk Mountains.
Ring of Kerry
Ireland’s most beautiful traveler trail, the Ring of Kerry, travels 120 miles through some of southwestern Ireland’s most jaw-dropping sceneries. A patchwork of green fields, icy lakes and heather-topped hills, the Ring of Kerry covers highlights like the rugged Beara Peninsula and the Kerry Way, Ireland’s largest and earliest walking path. Hold off on the route at the Killarney National park, a UNESCO World Heritage biosphere reserve, home to the 15th century Ross Castle and a herd of wild red deer.
The Giant’s Causeway
Northern Ireland’s unique UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, the Giant’s Causeway is evidence that Mother Nature created Ireland as one of the top travel destinations in the world. The natural wonder is composed of about 40,000 polygonal basalt rock columns, made of the ancient volcanic landscape and extending along the coastline like a series of large stepping rocks. A Day Trip from Belfast is one of the country’s most favorite journeys, with travelers taking the great opportunity to walk along one of nature’s most unique pathways.
Ireland’s brilliant UNESCO World Heritage Skellig Islands offer a decent side trip from the famous Ring of Kerry travel destination. This is a pair of small rocky hills that rise up from the sea off the coast of Portmagee. Not only are the two islands, Skellig Michael and Little Skellig, home to a captivating 6th-century monastic complex sat on the 230-meter high hilltop, but they also entertain an exciting array of birdlife. Look out for Gannets, Black Guillemots, Cormorants, Razorbills and Herring Gulls as you ascend the hair-raising steep 600-step climb to see the monastic ruins.
Renowned for their customary stitched ‘Aran sweaters’ and car-free roads, the Aran Islands are one of few travel destinations left where you can experience a traditional Irish village, unmarred by the modern ways of the mainland. Here, many natives still speak Gaelic as their mother tongue, live in small farming areas and drive pony traps. The farmland is equally captivating, historic forts staggering on hilltops, countless sandy beaches, and miles of hilly coastline.
Glenveagh National Park
Ireland’s second-biggest National Park at 14,000 acres, Glenveagh is County Donegal’s number 1 travel attraction, attracting hikers and fishermen from all over the land. While you’re getting to the hilltop views, relishing afternoon tea in the 19th century Glenveagh Castle or fishing for salmon and trout in the gleaming lakes, keep an eye for the park’s rare wildlife.