Stunning Views from here

One of the most picturesque churches in Ireland

Gougane Barra, Ballingeary, County Cork. 6th - 19th century Gougane Barra is a wild and wonderful glaciated valley located in the Shehy Mountains in West Cork. The name translates to mean 'Finbarr's Rock' and is [...]

An Island paradise, World famous gardens & friendly seals

Garinish Island, Glengarriff. County Kerry Garinish Island also known as 'Ilnacullin' or 'Island of Holly' is located in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in west Cork. The micro climate in Bantry Bay is caused by the [...]

Evictions, Classy parties and a hunting estate to rival Balmoral

Glenveagh Castle, Glenveagh National Park. County Donegal     1867 Glenveagh Castle was built in 1867 by John George Adair, a wealthy land speculator from Co. Laois. His dream was to create a beautiful hunting estate [...]

An ancient passage tomb with some of the finest vistas in Ireland

Seefin Passage Tomb, Kilbride. County Wicklow      c. 3300 b.c - 3000 b.c  The Seefin Passage Tomb is located on a hilltop 1700 feet above sea level and dates to somewhere between 3300 to [...]

The original and possibly the most spectacular tourist trail in Ireland

The Gap of Dunloe. County Kerry The Gap of Dunloe has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland for 250 years. This stunning mountain is about 11km long and passes between The [...]

The ancient starting point for pilgrims for climbing Croke Patrick

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is Murrisk Abbey in co.Mayo. It 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 [...]

This stunning lighthouse has a dark side

The Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse was built in 1853 and is located in one of Ireland’s most spectacular coastal areas. This large promontory juts out into the Atlantic Ocean rising hundreds of feet above the [...]

One of the largest and finest British military installations in Ireland

Charles Fort is located in a spectacular location over looking the Kinsale Bay in co.Cork. It was built in 1682. It is a classic example of a late 17th century star-shaped fort and one of the largest military [...]

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Extreme monasticism & Star Wars!

Skellig Michael. County Kerry        c. 6th – 13th century a. d. Skellig Michael or ‘Michael’s Rock in the Sea’ is an incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located 13 km off the Kerry coastline [...]

Finn McCool, Standing stones & The tomb of Queens

Knockmany Cairn & Annya's Tomb is located near the village of Augher. co.Tyrone and dates from between 3000 b.c>100 a.d. This super interesting site is located on a beautiful forested hilltop 700 feet above sea [...]

One of the ‘BIG 4’ ancient passage tomb cemeteries of Ireland

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is the Carrowkeel Neolithic Cemetery. It is located in Ballymote. co.Sligo and dates way back to c.3400 b.c. This mound on top of this desolate hilltop is one of 14 cairns forming [...]

The earliest and most important of the ‘Big Houses’ of Inishowen

Buncrana Castle, Buncrana. County Donegal           1718 During the 18th century large manor houses like this one were known as 'castles'. This house was built by Colonel George Vaughan in 1718 and is the earliest and [...]

The last lighthouse in Ireland to go automatic, Shipwrecks & The battle of Clontarf

The Baily Lighthouse as built in 1814 on a rocky promontory on Howth over looking Dublin Bay. It was at this location that the Norse Vikings fled to regroup after the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 [...]

Conflict resolution, German prisoners of war and the United Irishmen

The Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation was originally constructed by the British Army as a barracks in 1806. They were built in response to the Irish Rebellion of 1798 and the French Wars of [...]

Significant bird colonies, an O’Doherty castle and 360′ spectacular views

Inch Island, Lough Swilly. County Donegal The beautiful Inch Island is located in Lough Swilly in county Donegal. This is not a ‘true’ island anymore because in 1855, The Lough Swilly Railway Company drained marshland [...]

One of Ireland’s most iconic buildings

This National Monument is the Gallarus Oratory. It is located near Gallarus on the Dingle Peninsula in co. Kerry and is one of Ireland's most iconic buildings. It's simple and stunning shape has been compared [...]

Once voted second most beautiful beach in the World by the Observer

Ballymastocker Bay, Fanad Peninsula. County Donegal Ballymastocker Bay is also known as Portsalon Beach. This is a truly spectacular Blue Flag beach located on the Fanad Peninsula in north county Donegal. It was once voted [...]

Ireland’s most northerly bar – next stop Iceland

Farren's Bar holds the claim to being Ireland's most northerly pub on the mainland. According to online blogs...it apparently has stools along the bar which are full of all day drinkers (legends). It has the [...]

Ireland’s only Fjord – Killary Harbour, Lennane. co.Galway

Killary Harbour, is classified as Ireland's only fjord. It is located beside the beautiful village of Leenane which is often aptly described as the Gateway to Connemara. It forms a partial border between counties Galway [...]

Ireland’s highest mountain

Carrantuohill in co. Kerry is Ireland's highest mountain standing at 1,038 m or 3,406 ft. It is the central peak of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks range and is topped by a large metal cross.It is classed as [...]

Ireland’s most northerly point, oldest rocks and most shipwrecks & Europe’s highest sand dunes

Banba's Crown is located in Malin Head in co.Donegal and is Ireland's most northerly building on the mainland. It was named 'Banba' after the mythological patron goddess of Ireland. It was built by the British [...]

Ireland’s highest waterfall & King George IV’s near escape

Powerscourt Waterfall, Powerscourt Estate. County Wicklow   The Powerscourt waterfall is Ireland's highest and arguably most beautiful waterfall with a height of 398 feet. The estate is covered in Beech, Oak, Larch, Pine and even [...]

The oldest operational lighthouse in the World

Hook Head Lighthouse, Hook Head. County Wexford        c. 1200 Hook Head Lighthouse is a national monument and is located on the tip of Hook Head in county Wexford. It is recognised as the oldest operational [...]

Ancient island near the stars

Dalkey Island lies less than 300 metres off the south Dublin coastline near the village of Dalkey. This 22 acre island has been occupied for 6000 years and has stunning views in all directions. There are [...]

Europe’s highest sea cliffs

The Slieve League Cliffs are located in Glencolumcille in co.Donegal. They are among the highest sea cliffs in Europe rising 1972 feet above the Atlantic Ocean ( making them nearly 3 times higher than the famous [...]

Super rich historic Island off north county Dublin

Lambay lies 4km off the north County Dublin coast and is the eastern most point of Ireland. In the Neolithic period it was used as a production site for axes from the quarrying stage right through [...]

Ireland’s most iconic dolmen & the hole of sorrows

The Poulnabrone Dolmen, Caherconnell. County Clare       c. 3600 b. c. The Poulnabrone Dolmen is a national monument and dates from c. 3600 b. c. Its timeless simplicity has made it one of the most photographed [...]

The best kept archaeological secret in Ireland..Shhh!

Loughcrew, Oldcastle. County Meath     3300 b.c Loughcrew has been described as ‘Ireland’s greatest archaeological secret’ and is one of the big 4 megalithic sites in Ireland (the others being Carrowkeel and Carrowmore in county Sligo [...]

Daniel O’Connell, the Valley of Holly and a famous architect

Glencullen House is located in the village of Glencullen in co.Dublin. It was built in 1800 and was probably designed by the famous Irish architect, Francis Johnson. The house, along with it's Doric portico was [...]

The oldest operational lighthouse in the World

This national monument is Hook Head Lighthouse. It is located on Hook Head in co.Wexford and is recognised as the oldest operational lighthouse in the World. Tradition states that Dubhán, a missionary monk, may have [...]

A romantic love story with a sad ending & Benedictine nuns on the run

Kylemore Abbey is located in a beautiful glaciated valley in Connemara, co. Galway. It was built in 1871 as a private residence for Manchester Industrialists Mitchell and Margaret Henry. They had come to this area [...]

One of Ireland’s most beautiful historic houses, Croagh Patrick & The Pirate Queen

Westport House was built in 1730 and is considered to be one of Ireland's most beautiful historic homes. It was designed by the famous architects Richard Cassels and James Wyatt. Cassels, born in German, also [...]

The longest, most beautiful and most robbed house in Ireland

Russborough House, Blessington. County Wicklow     1755 Russborough House was built in 1755 and is the longest house in the country with a facade of over 700 feet in length. It is also regarded as one [...]

The Quiet Man, The Guinness Family and Ireland’s premier 5* resort

Ashford Castle is located in Cong on the shores of Lough Corrib in co. Mayo. This is a 5 star luxury hotel which has won numerous global awards. The oldest section of the castle dates [...]

The Athens of Ireland

The Rock of Dunamase, Dunamase. County Laois    c. 1170   The Rock of Dunamase is one of Ireland's most impressive locations for a castle as it sits on a limestone outcrop 150 feet above the [...]

A key ancient site, A holy well and St Patrick

Dunseverick Castle, Dunseverick. County Antrim         c. 1500 This location was a 'key' site in ancient Ireland as this was the end point where one of the Royal roads from Tara ended. There is also a [...]

A church with a view, Notable families & Game of Thrones

Ballintoy Church, Ballintoy. County Antrim           1813 Ballintoy or ‘Baile an Tuaigh’ means ‘the northern townland’ in Irish. This church is perched on a hill above Ballintoy harbour in one of the most scenic locations on [...]

The Mac Sweeneys, The O’Dohertys & The O’Neills – and O yes.. Brian McFadden!

Doe Castle is located near Cresslough on the shore of Sheephaven Bay in co.Donegal. It is surrounded by water on three sides and is similar in style to a Scottish tower house. It was built [...]

The Cooley Cross, The Skull House & The remains of a saint

The Cooley Cross, Moville. County Donegal        c. 8th or 9th century a. d. The Cooley Cross is located just outside the perimeter walls of a beautiful old graveyard that overlooks Lough Foyle. This is an [...]

A Fir Bolg King, Lighting fires & A friary on a hill

The Friary on The Hill of Slane is located just outside the village of Slane in co.Meath. This historic location was reputedly the location where the Fir Bolg King 'Sláine' is buried and also where [...]

An early stone circle in a beautiful location in north Donegal

The Bocan Stone Circle, Culdaff. County Donegal   2500 b. c.  – 1500 b. c. The Bocan Stone Circle is a located about a mile outside the village of Culdaff on the Inishowen Peninsula. Stone circles [...]

Fianna Fail, the soldiers of destiny and the inauguration stone for the High King of Ireland

The Stone of Destiny otherwise known as the 'Lia Fail' is located on the inauguration mound on the Hill of Tara, co. Meath. It served as the coronation stone for hundreds of years for the [...]

The second longest & most northerly stone bridge in Ireland

Malin Bridge is located in Malin Town in county Donegal. This beautiful 10 arched bridge was built in 1758 over the Ballyboe river and is said to be the second longest and most northerly bridge [...]

Once one of Ireland’s most impressive Norman castles

Northburg Castle, Greencastle. County Donegal     1305 Northburg Castle is locally known as 'Greencastle' and was one of the most impressive Norman castles built in Ireland. It was built by Richard de Burgh: The Red Earl [...]

The Druids, St Patrick & The Temple of Deen

The Temple of Deen, Culdaff. County Donegal       c. 2500 – 1500 b. c. These granite rocks are the remains of a burial chamber known locally as the Temple of Deen. It is located near the [...]

A cairn, A passage tomb, Fairies & Views

This cairn is a collapsed passage tomb and is often referred to as Fairy Castle. It sits at the highest point of 'The Dublin Mountains' at an altitude of 1,740 feet beside a trig point [...]

The last example of a 19th century lead mine in Ireland, Death Valley & Forest walks

Ballycorus Lead Mine is located in Ballychorus in south county Dublin. This tower was built in 1807 after a vein of lead was found within the hill. It is the only example left in Ireland [...]

Famous diaries, Completely original interiors & Spectacular sea views

Ardgillan Castle is located in a beautiful setting overlooking the town of Skerries in north county Dublin. It has spectacular views out to the Irish Sea and up to the Mourne Mountains in co. Down. [...]

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