Planning your cycling or walking trip to Ireland? There are many stunning places to visit from the never ending sandy strands of the Dingle Peninsula to the peaceful beauty of Connemara.
Today we pick five very special heritage sites you should add to your must-see list during your walking trip to Ireland.
5 things to see in Ireland:
Cliffs of Moher along the Burren Way
The Cliffs of Moher are one of the most iconic landmarks in the country and one of Ireland’s most visited sites. Standing over 200metres tall at the edge of the Burren, from the Cliffs of Moher you will get a magnificent panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish coastline.
Starting from Ireland’s surfing capital Lahinch, the Burren Way will take you past this fantastic site and across the unique landscapes of the Burren.
Dun Aengus fort in Inishmore, the Aran Islands
Even further West, in the island of Inishmore, the biggest of the Aran Islands, you will find the mighty Dun Aengus. This prehistoric stone fort is located in the most breath taking corner of the island, perched over a cliff with the Atlantic Ocean stretching for miles and miles.
Check out our walking trip in the Aran Islands.
Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s Holy Mountain in Westport
It doesn’t matter where you find yourself in the town of Westport, you will feel the omnipresence of Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s Holy Mountain, just a few kilometres outside the town.
Croagh Patrick, named after St Patrick patron saint of Ireland, is the most important pilgrimage site in the country; and probably the most spectacular as well. While the climb is not easy, you will be rewarded with the most fantastic view of Clew Bay once you reach the summit.
Reek Sunday, the last Sunday in July, is a traditional time to climb Croagh Patrick with thousands of pilgrims heading to Westport.
You will be able to reach Croagh Patrick if you are walking the Wild Atlantic Way on the Western Way, and also if you are starting your cycling tour on the Great Western Greenway and Achill.
Glendalough on the Wicklow Way
Glendalough or ‘valley of the two lakes’, is home to one of Ireland’s most impressive and best loved monastic sites, both for its history but also for its superb surroundings, in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park.
Founded by St Kevin in the 6th century, you can step back in time admiring the round tower and strolling the ‘monastic city’ with its stone churches and high crosses.
Get a bird’s eye view of Glendalough valley and the monastic city as you approach it walking the Wicklow Way, Ireland’s classic mountain trail.
The Giants Causeway on the Causeway Coast Way
Geologists might insist in the volcanic origins of the Giant’s Causeway and its unique 40,000 basalt columns stretching along the coast of County Antrim. However according to legend, this famous UNESCO-listed spectacular causeway was created by a giant, as its name indicates.
It was an Irish giant called Finn MacCool who built this unusual looking causeway to meet Scottish giant Benandonner who had challenged him to a fight.
In one version of the legend, Fionn’s wife Oonagh, disguises him as a baby and when the Scottish giant sees the size of the giant baby, scared of the baby’s father he flees, destroying the causeway behind him.
Follow in the footsteps of Finn MacCool walking the Causeway Coast Way.
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