Visiting the heritage sites of south-western Ireland

Gallarus Oratory, ©Marcus Meissner/Flickr

Gallarus Oratory, ©Marcus Meissner/Flickr

Visit Ireland, a country full of history and mythology! This beautiful country offers a rich and unique adventure for every visitor and tourist. The south-western region has several fascinating and exciting heritage sites worth visiting of which we will mention a few below. Ireland itself is an island surrounded by many smaller islands such as Ilnacullin.

Visit the island famous for its beautiful gardens. The Blasket Center is also a unique and phenomenal heritage of the Irish nation. The center is sort of a museum that honors the community who lived on the Blasket Islands until the middle of the 20th century. And last but not least below we present you the Gallarus oratory, a famous landmark of the Dingle Peninsula.

The garden island

In Glengarriff Harbor, Bantry Bay there is a small island called Ilnacullin where sheltered away there is an earthly paradise. The island gives home to a beautiful rare and unique garden with trees, shrubs and plants from all over the world.

Glengarriff Harbor, ©louisathomson/Flickr

Glengarriff Harbor, ©louisathomson/Flickr

Many decades ago the owner of the island, Annan Bryce and an architect/garden designer called Harold Peto partnered up and gave birth to a creative idea. The island is accessible by ferry boats and water buses.

The Blasket Centre

Blasket Center is located on Dingle Peninsula, on the mainland of Dún Chaoin. The facility is a museum that honors the community which lived on the island until 1953, after which they were evacuated. The center tells about how life was on the island, namely traditional life, farming, transport, housing, home life and entertainment.

Blasket Heritage Center, ©mkairishstudies/Flickr

Blasket Heritage Center, ©mkairishstudies/Flickr

Learn about the community’s language, culture and literary legacy which they left behind. Their story is told by interactive displays, audio visual presentations, exhibitions, artifacts and artworks. Visit Blasket Center and soak up the Irish culture and history.

Gallarus Oratory and Gallarus Castle

Also located on the Dingle Peninsula close to Gallarus Castle is Gallarus Oratory which stands as a famous landmark. The oratory is built from stone and its shape resembles the shape of a boat turned upside down. The exact date of construction is unknown. In this well preserved building there are many archeological artifacts on display which can be viewed and admired by tourists.

Gallarus Oratory, ©Marcus Meissner/Flickr

Gallarus Oratory, ©Marcus Meissner/Flickr

Gallarus Castle was constructed during the 15th century and is among the few castles on the peninsula that survived over the ages. The tower has four levels with a vaulted ceiling on the top.  In recent years the building has been renovated.

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