One Month in Ireland
Collected by Yvonne Gordon , AFAR Local Expert
The best drive in Northern Ireland, this is a dramatic 120-mile coastal route between the green Glens of Antrim on one side and the spectacular coastline with its cliffs, unusual rock formations such as the giant’s face (pictured, above) and Giant...
87 Dunluce Rd, Bushmills BT57 8UY, UK
Northern Ireland is often cold, wet and gloomy. Yet on this Sunday morning, the sun was shining and the majestic Dunluce Castle was on display. I loved running through the castle grounds imagining what life was like for the people who once lived...
1 Olympic Way, Queen's Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9EP, UK
I was in Belfast on 15th April 2012 during the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking and visited the Titanic Memorial http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic_Memorial,_Belfast and them toured the Titanic Exhibition http://www.titanicbelfast.com It...
Horn Head, Largatreany, Co. Donegal, Ireland
This short 13km drive is worth taking for the panoramic views of the northwest coast, stretching from the Rosguill Peninsula to the Bloody Foreland, and out to Tory Island to the north. There’s plenty of seabird life on the cliff ledges, with...
Tory Island, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Hop on a ferry and take off for a few days to this windswept island off Donegal’s northern coast, which has a thriving community of artists, an Irish-speaking community, and even its own king, who will welcome you off the boat. There are plenty of...
2 Distillery Rd, Bushmills BT57 8XH, UK
This is where to find out how Irish whiskey is made, with a guided tour through the live production process from grain to glass at Ireland’s oldest working distillery, which got its licence in 1608. You can see everything from the malted barley...
Church Hill, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Glenveagh National Park is one of the highlights of the northwest of Ireland. A number of walking trails traverse the 62 square miles of rugged mountains, lakes, remote bogs, and woodlands, where wildlife such as red deer and golden eagles...
Laragh West, Newtown Park, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
A few hours from Dublin are the lush Wicklow mountains. We took a short road-trip here a few years ago in September and I have the most beautiful memories of this place. The mountain air cleared the cobwebs from my head but was also incredible for...
The Rock, Moor Ln, Moor, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
As the bus weaved around a few crooked corners the Rock of Cashel manifested before us behind a veil of mist. Perched on top of a lush green hill overlooking what’s known as the Golden Vale of Tipperary County. This Golden Vale refers to the view....
Great Skellig, Skellig Rock Great, Ireland
Ireland is both rugged and beautiful, and Skellig Michael is no exception. Getting here isn't exactly easy, and the final leg of the journey is marked by a nearly 600-step walk up a steep and winding mountainous island path with no hand rails or...
Derrybawn, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Reaching 30 meters into the sky, the Irish round tower at Glendalough, or the valley of two lakes, dates back to the time of Saint Kevin. After visiting the monastic sites, I climbed to the top of the valley for a heavenly view of the historic...
Inishkeen, Candlefort, Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan, Ireland
'The light between the ricks of hay and straw Was a hole in Heaven’s gable...' The drumlin (small green hills) of County Monaghan inspired Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh (1904 -1967) when he grew up on a small farm there. On the Patrick Kavanagh...
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