Top 5 Irish Views

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Are you thinking of visiting Ireland? Read about the places on the island that will surely take your breath away.

1. Dun Angus Fort, Aran Islands, Inis Mor, Co. Galway

For centuries secluded by their isolated position, the Aran Islands (Inis Mor, Inis Meain, Inis Oirr) are today a bastion of traditional Irish culture. You can access them by ferry from Rossaveal (west of Galway). The best way to travel around is on bikes, which can be rented on the islands.
Dun Aengus is a famous prehistoric fort, dating back probably to the Iron Age. Situated on the edge of a cliff at a height of about 100 meters it is the highest point on Inis Mor island. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, it consists of four concentric circular stone walls and encloses an area of approximately 14 acres. It is an important archeological site as well as a popular tourist attraction with a spectacular view. In the prehistoric past the location had excellent defensive and offensive qualities, offering clear sight of the surrounding terrain. Today it also offers breathtaking views of nearly the whole island, with magnificent cliffs in its southern part, picturesque sandy Kilmurvey Beach in the north east, and above all, the craggy limestone landscape, crisscrossed with stone walls and dotted with houses.

2. The Burren and Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare

The Burren, situated in north-west County Clare is of extreme importance to geologists, botanists and archaeologists from all over the world. The word ‘burren’ derives from boireann, which means ‘rocky land’ in Gaelic. It is indeed a right name for this immense limestone plateau which covers over 300 square kilometers of land. It is a unique botanical environment, unfriendly for trees but abundant in several kinds of rare flowers, which add colour to otherwise austere landscape. Limestone pavements, split and weathered, with deep crevices known as ‘grykes’, are the most striking feature of this stony land. Megalithic tombs, ring forts, cairns, holy wells and stone rows, connected with the ancient history of Ireland, make this region exceptionally noteworthy and outstanding.
In the southern part of the Burren limestone gives way to sandstone and black shale that form the impressive Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs, located near the village of Liscannor, are probably the most famous attraction of Ireland. Rising to a height of 214 metres above Atlantic Ocean and extending for 8 km, even in bad Irish weather they present a truly magnificent view. On a clear day Aran Islands, Galway Bay and hills of Connemara are visible from the cliffs. The cliff rocks are also a home one of the major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds in Ireland.
There are well-worn paths leading along the cliffs, most of which are officially not permitted for tourists on account of some accidents in the past few years when parts of the edge rock fell down. Although there no safety barriers beyond the tourist accessible area, most people choose to walk along the cliffs and admire their stunning beauty.
Another interesting aspect of this place, apart from the spectacular view, is the “Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience”, a hobbit-like building, built into a hill near the cliffs. As the centre is intended to be environmentally friendly, it uses renewable energy systems including geothermal heating and cooling, solar panels, and grey water recycling.
It is also possible to watch the cliffs from the sea level if you choose to go on a ferry trip from Doolin. Because of turbulent waters of Atlantic Ocean this is really electrifying experience but the view of enormous cliffs rising above you and spiky rocks at their feet is fantastic and unforgettable.

3. The Skelligs, Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry

Each stage of the Ring of Kerry, route around the Iveragh Penninsula in County Kerry which covers 179 kilometers of circular road, brings captivating views of majestic mountains, picturesque beaches, scenic lakes, charming fishing villages and mysterious remote islands.
The Skelligs are two steep sided lumps of rock rising from the sea off the West Kerry coast, which from the distance look like floating piles of sandstone. The larger of them, Great Skellig, also known as Skellig Michael, is a World Heritage Site, with well preserved 6th century monastery on top, in which Christian monks dwelt in seclusion for about 600 years. Now the only inhabitants of the Skelligs are thousands of seabirds. There are boat trips operating from April to October to the Skelligs, however the smaller island, Little Skellig, is closed to the public.
The closest to the Skelligs is Valentia Island, connected to the mainland by causeway, which offers stunning views of the islands and Kerry coast.

4. Slieve League Cliffs, Co. Donegal

With height of 601 meters, they’re highest sea cliffs in Europe, and almost three times higher than the much more famous Cliffs of Moher. They’re most often photographed from a viewpoint that can be reached from Teelin by a narrow and winding road called One Man's Path. At its final few kilometers the road leads along a precipice and there are several places where the road turns at the crest of a rise, which makes a drive on it quite unforgettable experience, and a challenge for drivers unused to heights.
Walk along the cliffs offers spectacular views of the coast and the cliff face. On account of the location off the main tourist routes the landscape around is unspoiled and serene.

5. Lough Tay (Guiness Lake), Wicklow Mountains, Co. Wicklow

The Wicklow Mountains, located less than an hour drive from Dublin, astonish the tourists with their rough wilderness. With their vast moorlands, boglands and lush forests, which can be reached by numerous walking trails, they are perfect for hiking and trekking.
Lough Tay is a scenic lake, accessible to walkers, and most easily viewed from the R759 road. Better known as Guinness Lake, it got its name from the Guinness family whose estate borders with it in the north. What is more, this northern coastline is edged with a beach of remarkably white sand imported to the site by the landowners, which together with dark muddy water makes the lake strikingly similar to a pint of Guinness when admired from above.

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Freelance translator and interpreter, only starting in writing business. I'm very excited and hope it'll be a good fun. As I'm interested in travel, literature and psychology, my writing will focus on these.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
23rd Jun 2011 (#)

Those look like great scentic vistas!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Jun 2011 (#)

Wonderful article, GOHBOR. Well-deserved star page -congratulations. I do so want to visit Ireland one day.

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author avatar Prasul Surendran
24th Jun 2011 (#)

I should plan a tour :) Good one!

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author avatar GOHBOR
25th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you all very much:-) I definitely recommend visiting - I've lived here for over 5 years and love it despite often bad weather.

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author avatar Denise O
25th Jun 2011 (#)

This sounds and looks like a wonderful place to live. One of my future adventures, I hope. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Denise O
25th Jun 2011 (#)

Meaning, I want to go to Ireland. Lovely photos by the way. :)

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author avatar Retired
31st Aug 2011 (#)

this is so very well written and is a virtual store house of information.As a linguist I would love to acquire from you some Welsh way of reading,writing and speaking English.I hope you are able to do something about that.Lovely article.

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
4th Mar 2012 (#)

Looks awesome. The article and the breath taken pictures. The article and the pictures are so great you did an excellent job. I love to see these things up close with an excellent view. Thanks for sharing this great piece.

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author avatar Rose*
8th Dec 2013 (#)

Ireland looks really wild and rugged

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