The most beautiful natural spots in Ireland

Since we’ve already extolled on the natural beauty of Northern Ireland, it’s time to look what else lies in wait on the island of Eire. On both sides of the border, natural wonders abound, and it’s easy to see why Ireland was thought to be the land of fairies in ancient times. The rolling green hills of the Irish countryside are dotted with so many amazing natural spots that it’s hard to keep count. From proud, jagged cliffs to green expanses, there’s more variety in Ireland than anywhere else on earth. So here are some of the most beautiful natural spots in Ireland.

The Burren, Co. Clare

The Burren, the Great Rock in Gaelic, is a vast expanse of karst landscape in County Clare, one of the largest in Europe, in fact. Not only is the Burren one of the most inspiring sights on the planet, but it has also an extraordinary historical significance. The rocky hills are the home of dozens of megalithic tombs, and although it seems to be inhospitable, the limestone plates have cracks between which all sorts of vegetation grows.

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are without a doubt one of the most impressive cliffs in Europe, and a sight that you won’t forget anytime soon. The jagged cliffs rise over 200 meters above the foamy waves of the Atlantic Ocean, and their tops melt into smooth green hills. Climb on top of O’Brian’s Tower for a magnificent view of the ocean and the surrounding scenery.

Croagh Patrick, County Mayo

Croagh Patrick, a 764  meter tall mountain nicknamed the Reek, is not only a nice place for a hike, but also an important place of pilgrimage. Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick has supposedly spent a lot of time here, but even before Christianity arrived on the island, the place was a site for the celebration of the Summer solstice. At the summit, you get an amazing view of the scenery, and you can also visit the historic little chapel built in 1905.

The Bog of Allen

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The Bog of Allen is a huge peat bog between the rivers Shannon and Liffey, and although it is a polar opposite of the magnificent cliffs on the coast, it is just as amazing. These lowlands took over 10,000 years to form, and they are a habitat for a variety of wildlife. The bogs also have an important archaeological significance, because the peat preserved a huge number of structures and objects from Ireland’s ancient history.

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