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Gap of Dunloe, Dunloe Upper. co.Kerry

The Gap of Dunloe is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland for 250 years. This stunning narrow mountain road passes between MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and Purple Mountain in County Kerry and is about 11 km (6.8 mi) long. Within it are five lakes which are connected by the River Loe. Between the first two lakes is an old […]

Staigue Fort, Sneem. co.Kerry c.300 a.d

Staigue Fort is an ancient ring fort located in a spectacular isolated valley not far from village of Sheem on the Ring of Kerry. It commands incredible sweeping views out across Kenmare Bay to the distant peaks of the Miskish Mountains. This national monument is thought to have been built during the late Iron Age, probably somewhere between 300 a.d […]

Ninch Barrow Mound, Laytown. co.Meath c.400 a.d?

This mound located on the right hand side of the road between Julianstown and Laytown stands nearly 20 feet high and is 75 feet in diameter. It sits beside a modern bungalow and resembles a Norman motte (the bungalow’s address is also called ‘The Motte’! however according to excavations carried out by P.D.Sweetman in 1979 it seems to be a […]

Strokestown Park House, Strokestown. co.Roscommon 1730

Strokestown Park House, set on 300 acres of parklands is one of Ireland’s finest and most intact Palladian mansions. It’s centre block was completed in 1696 but was extended around 1730 by the famous architect Richard Cassels who added the wings. The house was further altered in 1819 by J. Lynn. It is also Ireland’s first Famine Museum, which occupies its […]

Murrisk Abbey, Murrisk. co.Mayo 1457

Murrisk Abbey was founded 1456 by the Augustinian Friars on the site of a former church reputedly founded by St Patrick. It is located near to foot of Croagh Patrick Mountain close to the sea overlooking Clew Bay and quickly became the preferred starting point for pilgrimages up the mountain. It still has a beautiful original east window with carved human heads […]

The National Famine Memorial, Murrisk. co.Mayo 1997

The National Famine Memorial is located in Murrisk in co. Mayo at the foot of Croagh Patrick and commands panoramic views over the landscape of Clew Bay. This striking sculpture was crafted by John Behan and commemorates the millions who perished during the Great Famine of 1845 – 52. It depicts a “coffin ship” with skeleton bodies in the rigging. […]

Roscrea Castle 1281 & Damer House 1730, Rosscrea. co.Tipperary

The original motte and bailey fortification on this site was built in 1213 and was known as King John’s Castle. It was not until 1281 that the castle was built with stone under the direction of the Bishop of Killaloe. It was then granted to the Butlers of Ormond in 1315 who held it until the early 18th Century. The […]

Delphi Lodge, Delphi Valley. co.Galway 1830

Delphi Lodge is located in one of the most spectacular valleys in Ireland on it’s own 1000 acre estate. It is surrounded by wild rivers, beautiful lakes and some of the tallest mountains in Connemara. The lodge was built in the 1830’s by the Marquis of Sligo for hunting and fishing and was named after the valley’s alleged similarity to […]

Knockeen Portal Dolmen, Knockeen. co. Waterford. 4000-3000 b.c

The Knockeen portal tomb is one of Waterford’s outstanding monuments and ranks among the finest portal tombs in Ireland. It stands in the middle of a hedgerow bordering 2 fields standing at an impressive 3.5 metres (13 feet). This huge dolmen is of a slightly different design than others in the area with it’s large main capstone set almost level against a […]

Ducketts Grove, Rainstown. co. Carlow 1818-1850

These are the incredible ruins of Duckett’s Grove, located in Rainstown in co. Carlow. This great house was once home to the Duckett family who were the largest landowners in co. Carlow for 300 years with an estate covering more than 12,000 acres. It was originally a 2 story Georgian house however the famous architect Thomas Codden redesigned it in […]

St Bridget’s High Cross, Kildare Town. co.Kildare c.9th-12th

St Brigid’s High Cross stands 9 feet tall in the grounds of St Bridget’s Cathedral in Kildare Town. The cross is difficult to date because many of it’s granite features have worn away and the ring head is damaged. The grounds contain a number of fascinating links to it’s early history including a 110 foot round tower and St. Brigid’s […]

Gaulstown Dolmen, Gaulstown. co.Waterford. c.4000 b.c

The Gaulstown Portal Tomb is one of the finest dolmens in Ireland and was probably erected between 4000 – 3500b.c. It’s name is derived from the name of the townland and is situated at the foot of “Cnoc an Chaillighe” or “The Hill of the Hag”.  It’s east facing portal stones are an impressive 8 feet high and the capstone is 14 […]