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6 Irish Landmarks You Have to Visit

6 Irish Landmarks You Have to Visit

27 Sep 2017 by annabel

From literary landmarks that have shaped modern culture to rugged coastlines that stretch on forever and areas of outstanding natural beauty, Ireland is a dream destination for just about everyone.

The unique landscape, dotted with charming fortresses and ancient sites, offers the visitor so much to see and do. And our Irish castles provide the perfect base for exploring…

Here are 6 Irish landmarks that you have to visit:

1. Mizen Head

Located at the extremity of the Kilmore Peninsula, Mizen Head is Ireland’s most south-westerly point and features the most mind-blowing ocean scenery in the country. Walk the iconic bridge which runs high above the gorge; from here, you can watch for seals in the swell below.

This is also a fantastic place to spot whales and dolphins on a good day. One of our closest luxury homes is Churchtown House in Co. Kerry, a spectacular Georgian mansion, and from there, you can enjoy a wonderfully scenic drive to the coast.

mizen head

2. Ring of Kerry

This scenic route takes you around the Iveragh Peninsula in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry. For petrol heads or couples in search of the perfect road trip, Ring of Kerry is not to be missed.

This wonderful tourist trail is in the unspoiled region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Some of the sights you won’t want to miss along the way are Gap of Dunloe, Bog Village, Rossbeigh Beach, Skellig Michael, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and The Barracks (Cahersiveen Heritage Centre).

3. Blarney Castle

A trip to Ireland isn’t complete without a visit to the famous Blarney Castle and a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone. This historic castle is steeped in myths, legends, and fanciful fairy tale, dating all the way back to the 10th Century. It is believed by many that kissing the Blarney Stone (block of limestone built into the battlements of the castle) will bring luck to that person. And it’s definitely one of the most photographed rocks in the world!

blarney castle

4. St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Dublin is the UNESCO City of Literature and one of the key landmarks that you must visit here is the beautiful cathedral. St Patrick’s Cathedral sees more than 300,000 visitors each year and for literary fans, it holds high significance as the birthplace of Gulliver’s Travels. Author Jonathan Swift was dean of the church from 1713 to 1745. Every October, there is an annual symposium to celebrate his life and work.

5. Cliffs of Moher

This is an Irish landmark you won’t want to miss, no matter the weather. The sheer beauty of the cliffs and the rugged Liscannor coastline make it a bucket list destination. Travellers often brave the cold and fog just to get the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Rising more than 200 metres at their highest point, these cliffs offer an incredible viewing point; and with no safety barriers in place for tourists, there’s a real sense of going off the beaten track.

cliffs of moher

6. Dingle Peninsula

Here, you will find the perfect mix of sandy beaches, craggy cliffs and lush rolling hills. It’s a hiker’s favourite, a great place to spot dolphins, ideal for camping, and the best Irish destination for foodies too with its famous food and drinks trails. The Peninsula itself is one of Ireland’s most spectacular landmarks and a great spot for photography fans.

You can see more ideas of things to do in Ireland here, but if you’re already feeling inspired to go on a stunning exploration of Ireland, then get in touch with us today to start planning!

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