The first thing that comes to mind when I think about Ireland is leprechauns, four leaf clovers and the land of Guinness! Well, at least that was until I visited Ireland and discovered just what an incredible place it really is. I didn’t see any leprechauns or find any four leaf clovers, but managed to have several pints of Guinness.
During my trip I realized just how much there is to see and explore. I discovered something even cooler than leprechauns! – Beautiful abandoned castles, fascinating history, spectacular scenery and of course the hundreds of cheerful pubs.
I hope my photos gives you a fascinating glimpse into Ireland and encourage you to see it for yourself!
ROCK OF DUNAMAISE
The Rock of Dunmase is a stunning medieval ruin. The first known settlements of this rock was as far back as the 9th century by vikings from Dublin. The castle was built in the 12th century with many ruins still standing today.
CLIFFS OF MOHER
One of the most visited attractions in Ireland, the cliffs of Moher ascend to over 213 meters stretching south for nearly 8km to Hags head.
One of the highest mountain passes in Ireland, which rises 410 meters above sea level. The pass offers quite a cliff hanging experience of navigating narrow and twisting roads but it adds to the adventure and the views are well worth it after all.
Best known for sandy beaches and craggy cliffs and the beautiful country side. Dingle is the most northern part of the major peninsulas in County Kerry. If you planning a road trip then read this post: Dublin to Dingle Road Trip: Five Cool Places to Stop and Stretch Your Legs in Ireland
Dunguaire Castle is the most photographed castle in Ireland. Located in the heart of Galway Bay.
A horse drawn carriage ride through Killarney national park is a unique way to learn more about Ireland, Killarney and what the town has to offer.
Poulnabrone Dolmen, meaning “hole of the quern stones” is one of about 174 portal tomb’s in Ireland. The ancient tomb is situated on the high burren limestone plateau dating back between 4200 BC and 2900 BC. Excavations between 1986, and 1988 found that 33 people were buried under the monument
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a famous 20 meter long rope bridge. The rope bridge was first erected by salmon fisherman 350 years ago, today the ancient volcanic plug offers beautiful scenery to tourist and thrill seekers.
Dark Hedges is one of the most photographed areas in Northern Ireland. The trees are most famous for appearing in Game of Thrones and even used in the filming of Transformers and the Last night. A wealthy family planted over a 150 beach trees in the eighteenth century along the entrance of their estate to impress visitors. Legend has it that there is even a ghost called the Grey lady that travels the road.
A world heritage site of 40,000 natural interlocking basalt columns which is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Legend has it that the causeway are the remains of a bridge to join Ireland and Scotland, built by the Irish giant Finn MacCool.
MUSSENDEN TEMPLE AND DOWNHILL DEMESNE
Downhill House was built in the 18th century for the Earl Bishop, and the accompanying Temple was built as the house’s library. Today the temple still stands, in 1997 cliff stabilization work had to be carried out to prevent the small temple from collapsing. The Downhill Demesne however lies in ruins.
Have you been to Ireland? If you could visit anywhere in Ireland, where would you go?
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