Ireland boasts of its rich Celtic culture and it is home to some of the oldest prehistoric and medieval sites in the world. But if you ask us about that one reason for which this European country must be added to every traveler’s bucket list, the answer will be its stunning scenery and the sheer beauty of its natural landscape. One of the most naturally beautiful countries to visit in the world, Ireland, despite its small size, is home to some of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders. While Dublin, Galway, and all the other historic and cultural attractions are truly spectacular, these naturally beautiful places are surely going to please those who are seeking something otherworldly. From the Ring of Gullion to the Cliffs of Moher and the Giant’s Causeway, these are some of the most beautiful places to visit in Ireland.
Most Beautiful And Best Places To Visit In Ireland:
Cliffs Of Moher:
These sea cliffs running for about 9 miles along the Western Atlantic Coast are one of the most beautiful places to visit in Ireland. It is a spot with rugged Irish beauty and has the maximum height just north of O’Brien’s Tower where the cliff rises 702 ft above the ocean. You have seen this beautiful natural wonder in many movies too including Harry Potter, Leap Year, and The Princess Bride. The abrupt edge of the cliff is not fenced and on a clear day, one can have a clear view from the cliff that is simply outstanding. You can see the Aran Islands on the water of Galway Bay and the view of the ocean and the sound of the crashing waves are enough to transcend you to another world.
The Ring Of Gullion:
Officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Ring of Gullion in Northern Ireland is an area with an outstanding volcanic landscape that dates back to more than 60 million years. What is more fascinating to know is that it was the first ring dyke in the world to get geologically mapped. The low, rugged ring is formed around the Slieve Gullion mountain and the region gives a wonderful opportunity to its visitors to enjoy the countryside and beautiful wildlife and legend of the area. The region also boasts rich archaeological heritage and is a place to soak in outstanding scenic beauty.
Giant’s Causeway Beach:
This fascinating and one of the most unusual beaches, Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, resulted from an ancient volcanic eruption. It is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. The formation took place over 50 million years ago and after the basalt formations were cooled off, it cracked into hexagonal columns and today you get to see this amazing beach with the columns which is marvelous. It is surely one of the most gorgeous and extraordinarily beautiful places to visit in Ireland.
Connemara National Park:
One of the six national parks in Ireland, Connemara National Park is located within County Galway which is to the north of Galway City. A paradise allowing you to bike, hike, and ride, the national park can be reached from the city on a road trip. Dramatic peaks, peat bogs, sand beaches make up the landform of the region and it exerts an incredible rural bliss. And the national park is surely the best attraction of the Connemara region. Go for a short walk or take up a challenging trek, the park boasts some amazing flora and it is also home to some traces of early human habitations within its city limit. Certainly one of the most beautiful places to visit in Ireland.
Accessed by boat from Portmagee, sitting off the coast of County Kerry, the Skellig Islands are two small, abrupt, rocky islands and are at the center of a 364-hectare Important Bird Area established by BirdWatch Ireland in 2000. among the two islands, Skellig Michael is the larger one and the smaller one is the Little Skellig. These two pinnacles are not only two islands. There is also a 6th century monastic complex on the 230-meter high summit which is fascinating. There is Skellig Michael Landing Tour that allows you to step on to the island and if you want to see the monastic remains, you have to climb a total of 600 steep steps. And the view you get to see from there is truly rewarding.
Locating along the west coast of Ireland, encompassing the north of Country Clare and the southeast of County Galway, the Burren is one of the most exciting places to visit in Ireland. Dominated by karst glaciation, the place showcases an extraordinary landscape that is characterized by fissures and rocky mounds. The karst landscape has been sculpted by thousands of years of erosion and now its surface appears like the land of the moon, so otherworldly and fascinating. The region also boasts rate flora and fauna and is said to contain over 70% of total native flora. They are nourished by underground streams. Also, the beauty of the naturally interlocking limestone slabs is truly bewildering and it is one of the best places to visit in Ireland for sure.