Ireland’s 12 Most Extreme Points

Ireland is an amazing island which not only boasts beautiful views but also has the potential for some fantastic adventures. We have put together one adventure that everyone should experience – the 12 most extreme points in Ireland.

1. Northern-most point in Ireland – Banba’s Crown, Co. Donegal

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Banba’s Crown (near Malin Head), Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal is the most northern place you can get. Above is a photo we took on the last rocks of the whole island of Ireland!

2. Southern-most point in Ireland – Brow Head, County Cork

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It has often been thought that nearby Mizen Head is the southern-most point in Ireland, however, it is actually in nearby Brow Head, County Cork.

3. Western-most point in Ireland – Dún Mór Head, Co. Kerry

This corner of Ireland also boasts the western-most point of the whole island which is at Dún Mór Head on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry.

4. Eastern-most point – Burr Point, Co. Down

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The Easternmost point is located in Northern Ireland at Burr Point on the Ards Peninsula, County Down.

5. Highest point In Ireland – Carrauntoohil, Co. Kerry

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Carrauntoohil, County Kerry is the tallest peak on the whole island of Ireland. At 1,041 m, it is worth the hike!

6. Lowest point in Ireland – North Slob, Co. Wexford

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Credit: Wexford Hub

The “lowest point in Ireland” certainly doesn’t lack any beauty! North Slob in County Wexford sits at -3 m.

7. Wettest place in Ireland – Valentia, Co. Kerry

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The wettest place in Ireland is Valentia, County Kerry, where an annual average rainfall of 1,557mm – more than twice the amount at Dublin Airport (the driest place in Ireland) was recorded.

8. Have a drink in Ireland’s Highest pub – The Ponderosa, Co. Derry

It wouldn’t be an Irish list without mentioning a pint in a pub! The Ponderosa, Co. Derry. At 946ft above sea level, Karl McErlean’s revamped bar on the Glenshane Pass towers above all others.

9. Have a Drink in Ireland’s Oldest Pub – Sean’s Bar, Co. Westmeath

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According to the pub’s owners and the Guinness Book of Records, Sean’s Bar in Athlone is the Oldest Pub in Ireland. Come for the 1200-year old legacy, stay for the live music, colourful clientele and cannon ball decorations.

10. Visit Ireland’s Oldest Building – Newgrange, Co. Meath

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Newgrange, Co. Meath is a prehistoric monument and the oldest building in Ireland, 5,100 years ago. It is even older than the Egyptian Pyramids believe it or not!

11. Go to the top floor on the tallest building in Ireland – Obel Tower, Belfast

The tallest building in Ireland. The Obel, Belfast.

The Obel Tower in Belfast is residential accommodation which was completed in 2011. It is currently Ireland’s tallest building but the top is not open for the public. Occasionally, charity climbing events go to the top. If you really want to go to the top and you have the gift of the gab, I’m sure you could convince one of the tenants to let you in!

12. See Ireland’s longest river – The River Shannon

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The Shannon is the longest river in Ireland and flows generally southward from the Shannon Pot in County Cavan before turning west and emptying into the Atlantic Ocean through the 102.1 km (63.4 mi) long Shannon Estuary. Limerick city stands at the point where the river water meets the sea water of the estuary.

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