5 UNDERRATED Irish LANDMARKS worth visiting

While the obvious attractions are incredible, we highly recommend checking out these underrated Irish landmarks if you get the chance.

5 underrated Irish landmarks worth visiting.

We’ve all heard of the Giant’s Causeway, Trinity College, and the Ring of Kerry, but did you know that Ireland has its fair share of incredible landmarks which are lesser known and just as impressive?

Across the country, you will find numerous natural, historical, and cultural landmarks which are awe-inspiring, but sadly, they are often overlooked.

If you are curious about some of the best off-the-beaten-path Irish landmarks to skip the crowds, or perhaps you have already ticked all the famous ones off your list, then this is a list you can work through.

5. Hook Lighthouse, Co. Wexford – one of the world’s oldest lighthouses

Hook Lighthouse is in Co. Wexford.
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You may have heard that Ireland can be a rainy country, but did you know that Ireland has a sunny corner located in County Wexford?

Not only is this the region of Ireland that gets the sunniest days, but it is home to plenty of beautiful beaches like Morriscastle Beach and Curracloe Beach – which has starred in a few Hollywood blockbusters.

One of the most underrated Irish landmarks worth visiting is Hook Lighthouse, which offers sweeping coastal views at the tip of the Hook Peninsula. The eye-catching lighthouse is the second-oldest working lighthouse in the world.

Address: Hook Head, Churchtown, Co. Wexford, Ireland

4. Wicklow Mountains National Park, Co. Wicklow – a gem of the east

5 underrated Irish landmarks worth visiting.
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Wicklow Mountains National Park is just a short drive from Dublin, yet those who visit overlook this hidden gem on Ireland’s east coast in favour of Ireland’s more famous Wild Atlantic Way.

Don’t get us wrong, the Wild Atlantic Way is an incredible coastal route from start to finish, which you can complete with our comprehensive 7-day itinerary of the Wild Atlantic Way, but to make your Irish trip that extra bit special, you won’t regret saving a few extra days to explore this stunning region.

Wicklow Mountains National Park is home to some incredible scenery, and plenty of hiking trails take you to some fantastic viewpoints, but it is also a great place to road trip through.

Places not to miss within the park are Guinness Lake, Glendalough, Sally Gap, and Roundwood, to name but a few historical and scenic spots.

Address: Co. Wicklow, Ireland

3. Sliabh Liag Cliffs, Co. Donegal – a stunning natural landscape

Sliabh Liag Cliffs are Co. Donegal.
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You may have heard of the Cliffs of Moher, which attract over a million visitors yearly, but have you heard of Sliabh Liag (Slieve League)?

Located in glorious County Donegal – a place highly recommended to discover off-the-beaten-path spots – the Sliabh Liag Cliffs are less visited than their County Clare counterpart.

Standing tall at 1,972 ft (601 m) compared to the Cliffs of Moher (702 ft; 214m), these Donegal cliffs will undoubtedly blow you away – in more ways than one.

Exercising caution here is a must, and the best time to visit is on a clear and sunny day when photo opportunities are heightened.

Address: Shanbally, Co. Donegal, Ireland

2. The Ring of Beara, Co. Cork – one of the most underrated Irish landmarks

5 underrated Irish landmarks worth visiting.
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One of the main landmarks visitors have high on their list when visiting Ireland is the Ring of Kerry, one of the most scenic drives in the country, yet this nearby peninsula may offer a wilder experience.

The Ring of Beara cannot be compared to the Ring of Kerry since they provide very different experiences, but one main difference is that the Ring of Beara is much less crowded and more rugged.

Located along the Beara Peninsula in County Cork, the Ring of Beara is ideal for a road trip, camping trip, wildlife spotting, or visiting quaint local villages.

The route can be driven in just a few hours, but if you ask us, you should allow more time for the beauty you will encounter. Some main spots to see along the route are Killmackillogue Harbour, Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall, and Garnish Island.

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Address: Beara Peninsula, Co. Cork, Ireland

1. Mannin Bay, Co. Galway – the Irish Caribbean

Mannin Bay is in Co. Galway.
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If you are in search of glorious white sandy beaches with crystal clear water, you won’t believe that Ireland has not one but several beaches that fit this description in Connemara, County Galway.

While many areas are stunning, like Gurteen Bay or Dogs Bay, Mannin Bay is the place to escape the crowds – you could say it’s more of a hidden gem. But this makes it one of the most underrated Irish landmarks.

On a sunny day, Mannin Bay is one of the most spectacular vistas you will witness in Ireland and makes for an ideal swimming spot with its calm waters. Backed by greenery and livestock, this is a truly unique mix of Caribbean vibes and rural Ireland.

Address: R341, Shannanagower, Co. Galway, Ireland

So, there it is; if you want to get off the beaten path and discover more of Ireland’s hidden gems, add these excellent spots to your list and stay tuned for more.

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