Scared of heights? We have selected the most vertiginous, dizzying and spectacular views in Ireland, including some of the Wild Atlantic Way most loved landmarks. Ready?
Dun Aengus – Aran Islands
Dun Aengus fort (Dún Aonghasa in Irish) in Inismor (the ‘big island’) is the most famous prehistoric stone fort not just of the Aran Islands but of the whole of Ireland and probably Europe. Standing at the edge of a sea cliff, Dun Aengus has been defying gravity and the inclemencies of the Atlantic Ocean for hundreds of years. This impressive fort is formed by three concentric semi-circular stone walls, located at the very edge of Ireland. You will get to Dun Aengus fort if you are walking the Aran Islands
Cliffs of Moher – Co. Clare
The Cliffs of Moher get one million visitors every year, making them Ireland’s most visited natural tourist attraction. The panoramic views of the Atlantic you’ll get from the Cliffs of Moher are simply breath taking. A must-see if you are visiting Ireland. The visitor centre, blending seamlessly into the surrounding landscape will delight architecture enthusiasts. You will reach the Cliffs of Moher if you are walking The Burren Way or cycling section 5 of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Slieve League Cliffs – Co. Donegal
While the Cliffs of Moher get all the glory, the Slieve League sea cliffs in County Donegal (section 10 of the Wild Atlantic Way and Bluestack and Sli Cholmcille Way) are, however, even higher. They tower over 600 metres above the Atlantic, nearly three times taller than the Cliffs of Moher and nearly twice as high as the Eiffel Tower in Paris! The Slieve League cliffs are on your way if you are following the Slieve League Pilgrim Path. Slieve League (‘grey mountain’ in Irish) has been a sacred mountain and traditional place of pilgrimage for centuries.
Dursey Island cable car – Beara
Opened in 1969 and still very much in use, the Dursey Island cable car is one of the most unique attractions in the Beara Peninsula linking the tip of the Beara Peninsula mainland with Dursey Island. Animals such as sheep and cows are frequent passengers on the cable car, the only cable car in Ireland. The ride takes approximately ten minutes and it can only take six people at the time. You will get the opportunity to jump on board if walking The Beara Way or cycling section 2 of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge – Northern Ireland
Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge near Ballintoy in County Antrim is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular attractions. The 20-metre long bridge joining the mainland and the Carrickarede island was originally built by fishermen over 350 years ago to check their fishing nets. The bridge attracts thousands of bird watchers each year, as well as visitors looking for an adrenaline rush. You will be able to cross this famous bridge, when walking the Causeway Coast Way.
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