Dublin, the Giant's Causeway, the Cliffs of Moher ... These are some famous places that reflect the beauty of the Emerald Island. But this time we want to look at that unknown Ireland and in places maybe less touristy, but full of magic. Can you come with us?
1. Kilkee CliffsKilkee Cliffs - Marlis Börger / Flickr.com
The Irish coast is full of wonderful places. In Claire County, south of Moher, we find these other cliffs. They have less height, true, but the great advantage that they are less crowded. Further, You can make several routes in which natural pools and a beautiful natural amphitheater are discovered.
2. Spanish PointSpanish Point - psyberartist / Flickr.com
Also located in Clare County, his name has a reason: it was off these coasts where some of the Spanish Invincible Navy ships succumbed before the strength of the elements. Terrible shipwrecks in one of the most beautiful places on the Irish coast that are remembered today with a memorial monolith.
3. Connor PassConnor Pass - Michael Foley / Flickr.com
It is on the Dingle Peninsula and It is the highest overpass in Ireland, which guarantees spectacular views: a glacial and rugged landscape, dotted with small lakes and waterfalls and, in the background, the sea. Of course, the passage is quite narrow, so it is advisable to drive with caution.
4. Mussenden TempleMussenden Temple - BangorArt / Flickr.com
A Greek temple on the edge of a cliff? This is one of the most amazing and beautiful corners of that unknown Ireland that we are going through. It is in Londonderry County, it was built in the 18th century and you are not sure what it is. Bishop Derry devised it as a library. Can you imagine a more beautiful place to enjoy reading?
5. Skellig MichaelSkellig Michael - Arnold Valentino / Flickr.com
It is the largest of two rocky islets located off the coast of Kerry County. Here you can discover an incredible 6th-century Paleochristian monastery which is accessed by climbing almost 300 steps carved into the rock. It seems incredible that the monks could endure life, completely isolated, in this place. By the way, scenes of Stars wars.
6. AdareAdare - AmandaK / Flickr.com
Much more friendly is the image of this little town located near Limerick. A town surrounded by a wonderful and green landscape in which there is something very characteristic: their houses protected by thatched roofs. For many it is the most beautiful town in Ireland. What do you think?
7. Poulnabrone DolmenPoulnabore Dolmen - NMK Photography / Flickr.com
Ireland has a long, very long history, and the dolmens that can be found in its territory attest to it. Perhaps the most unique in its form is that of Kilclooney, but we will look at another, in the Poulnabrone dolmen. What's so special? Than rose in one of the most spectacular stony territories that you can contemplate: The Burren. By the way, you'll find it in Clare County.
8. Killary FjordKillary fjord - mariejirousek / Flickr.com
That unknown Ireland that we are traveling also hides landscapes that you might not expect to find. Because there are also fjords here, at least one. Maybe not as spectacular as those in other latitudes, but it is beautiful. A tongue of water that penetrates several kilometers into the beautiful landscapes of Connemara, west of the island. A place to disconnect from everything.
9. Unknown Ireland: Lake TayTay Lake - Ed Caputo / Flickr.com
This lake is special. Why? Because of the dark color of its waters, almost as much as that well-known Irish black beer, hence it is also known as Guinness Lake. And in addition, it has a curious legend, says that its depth is small because in the Middle Ages they recommended women drink from their waters during pregnancy. Curious, don't you think?
10. Kilkoe CastleKilcoe castle - geograph.ie
We could not leave Ireland without visiting one of its castles. This is not the biggest, nor the oldest, but it has a famous owner: Jeremy Irons. The actor bought it when it was in ruins and restored it, although the color chosen to paint its walls did not exactly like it. In it we finish our tour of corners of that unknown but wonderful Ireland.
Cover photo: Giuseppe Milo / Flickr.com