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10 Natural Wonders of Ireland - 10 Natural Places to Go

Updated: Aug 13

Giant's Causeway - Northern Ireland

10 Natural Wonders of Ireland
10 Natural Wonders of Ireland - 10 Natural Places to Go

This magnificent rock formation - Northern Ireland's only Unesco World Heritage site - is one of Ireland's most impressive and atmospheric landscape features, featuring regular, tightly packed, hexagonal stone pillars that make the entire world look like the handiwork of giants. Its structure fascinates people as if they came from another world.


This phenomenon is explained in the Giant's Causeway Visitor Experience, housed in a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly building semi-hidden on the hillside above the sea. Giant's Causeway is free to visit, but you pay to use the parking lot with a combined ticket with the visitor center; Only parking tickets are not available. Especially if you go on a hot summer day, you will feel very good not only with the perfect landforms, but also with its clean and refreshing air.


Cliffs of Moher - Republic of Ireland

10 Natural Wonders of Ireland
10 Natural Wonders of Ireland - 10 Natural Places to Go

With good visibility, the Cliffs of Moher (Aillte a Mothair or Ailltrecha Mothair) in western Clare are stunningly beautiful. Completely vertical cliffs rise to a height of 214 m (702 ft), and their edges suddenly drop into a turbulent Atlantic without stopping.

In the progression of the broad caps, layers of dark sandstone and siltstone progress in a hard formation. The landscape extends to the Aran Islands and the Connemara hills. Here, sunsets see the sky transform into a kaleidoscope of amber, amethyst, rose pink, and deep garnet red.


One of Ireland's blockbuster sights, it includes a high-tech visitor center, a 19th-century watchtower, and numerous hiking trails. Visiting by boat can bring the best views. If you stand here close to the abyss, you can feel like you are standing on the edge of the world. Needless to say how clean the air is here, if you've watched a lot of Vikings, you can guess when those Viking ships passed through these shores.

Dun Briste - Republic of Ireland

10 Natural Wonders of Ireland - 10 Natural Places to Go
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An astonishing sea stack whipped up by the sparkling sea, Dun Briste is Mayo's most scenic. Legend confirms that St Patrick drove all the vipers from Ireland into the pile at Downpatrick Head, leaving the mainland snake-free. Try to choose a clear day for the visit to reinforce the visuals. You can drive most of the way to the beach, but then you have to walk up to the last 400 m (1312 ft). Dun Briste is 6km (3.7mi) northeast of Ballycastle. Thus, you can discover a lot in one day and enrich your day.


The sea stack was cut off from the mainland in 1393 by a violent storm that left the poor unfortunate stranded (later rescued) on it. Indeed, the remains of the building survive on the pile to this day. A viewing area is constructed with a large blowhole placed slightly back from the edge of the cliff. There are numerous plaques detailing the history and folklore of the area. During storms, a significant amount of seawater is sprayed from the vent. Here you can feel like you are on the other side of the world like the previous place, further proof that if you love green, Ireland is the perfect place for you.

Sliabh Liag - Republic of Ireland

10 Natural Wonders of Ireland
10 Natural Wonders of Ireland - 10 Natural Places to Go

The Cliffs of Moher are getting more publicity, but the cliffs of Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) in Southwest Donegal are higher (and free). In fact, these magnificent sea cliffs are among the tallest in Europe, descending about 600 m (1969 ft) into the constantly churning sea. From Teelin, a path through a desolate road leads to the lower parking lot (with walking signs) next to a gate in the road; Drive another 1.5 km (0.93 miles) (but close the door) to the overhead parking lot (usually full in summer) right next to the viewpoint. Stone bridge at Dunloe Gap in County Kerry, Ireland.


Amidst so much industrialization and global warming, it's one of the incredible places that shows how another Ireland has kept its natural beauty and greenery. If you go in the winter, you can see the white snow-covered with green.


Gap of Dunloe - County Kerry

10 Natural Wonders of Ireland
10 Natural Wonders of Ireland - 10 Natural Places to Go

Dunloe Gap in the Killarney Region is a scenic valley sandwiched between the eastern peaks of Purple Mountain and MacGillicuddy's Reeks. During the summer months, you can join excursions that will take you on a daily basis. Instead of joining the crowd, you can rent a bike and cycle the route. This is a natural wonder that will decorate many people's retirement dreams. As we see in many metropolises, it does not have a reinforced concrete bridge, there is a perfect stone bridge suitable for its nature, and a clean river flows under it.


Carrauntoohil - Republic of Ireland

10 Natural Wonders of Ireland
10 Natural Wonders of Ireland - 10 Natural Places to Go

Macgillycuddy's Reeks is Ireland's highest mountain range, and the towering Carrauntoohil in the Killarney region is the country's highest peak at 1040m (3412ft). Even the simplest route requires good walking and navigation skills, while others are serious climbing or rock climbing routes. If you are going here for climbing or trekking, be careful because these places can be very risky for you if you don't have enough experience. You should listen to the guides and not try to walk everywhere.


The Burren - County Clare

10 Natural Wonders of Ireland
10 Natural Wonders of Ireland - 10 Natural Places to Go

The rocky, windy Burren region along North Clare is a unique, streaked, moon-like landscape composed of barren gray limestone that was formed under ancient seas and then forced high and dry by a major geological disaster. It covers 250 km2 (97 sq mi) of exposed limestone and totals 560 km2 (216 sq mi).


In spring, wildflowers give the Burren a temporary, albeit bright, color amid its stark beauty. Villages in the area include music hub Doolin on the west coast, Kilfenora in the interior and stunning Ballyvaughan on the shores of Galway Bay to the north. In the middle is a rock structure that looks like the first version of Stonehenge. It is a perfect natural wonder to be admired as a ground cover made of stone rather than grass or earth.


Lough Glencar Waterfall - Republic of Ireland

10 Natural Wonders of Ireland
10 Natural Wonders of Ireland - 10 Natural Places to Go

Poet WB Yeats is among those who fell in this 15-metre (49 ft) tumbling flood in the prettiest part of Lough Glencar - it's featured in his poem The Stolen Child. There are astonishing views over the water, especially towards the sunset; especially impressive after heavy rain. There is a parking lot at the foot of the hill. Another example of the beautiful and clear waters of Ireland, a paradise in the forest. If you are in love with green, this is the perfect place, an oasis away from people and factories.


Caves of Keash - County Sligo, Ireland

About 6 km (3.7 mi) southeast of Ballymote, these magnificent limestone Keash Caves on Keshcorran Hill are ideal for a fun expedition. You can park your car near the bottom in the fields at the foot of the slope and climb up. It doesn't take long to reach the 16 caves, some of which are quite deep and offer magnificent countryside views. Watch your steps because it is steep and can be slippery after rain. Perfect place if you want to hide from rain or wind. It is probably a haven for many travelers in its time. On the one hand, the fairy-tale dwarves seem to have done it for themselves.


Lough Tay - Republic of Ireland

10 Natural Wonders of Ireland
10 Natural Wonders of Ireland - 10 Natural Places to Go

Located in the Wicklow Mountains, Lough Tay (also known as Lake Guinness) is backed by steep mountain slopes descending from Luggala (Fancy Mountain). The picturesque valley is one of the most popular destinations and is surrounded by gorgeous countryside. A perfect place where it all comes together, a beach in the middle of the mountains, cleanliness, legendary lake and forest, the combination of many different beauties is fascinating.


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