The natural wonders
See the Irish landscape as nature intended with trips to some of the most stunning natural wonders in the world
Ireland has some of the most spectacular sights in the world with awesome natural scenery that has a seriously magnetic effect.
Whether you choose to feel the rush of the wild while standing on the very edge of the Atlantic Ocean, or wander through isolated undulating hills of green, there’s something to suit your own very individual taste.
- Taking in the intriguing lunar landscape of the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland’s first World Heritage Site. It has to be seen to be believed. This stretch of rock is a geological phenomenon, renowned for its columns of layered basalt. It mystified the ancients who believed it to be the work of giant Finn McCool.
- Checking out the truly awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, which boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. Standing 230metres above the raging Atlantic Ocean, these majestic cliffs stretch out for a distance of about 8kms and offer some brilliant cliff walks.
- The Cork/Kerry area is famed for its stunning, white sandy stretches of beach, many of which have ‘Blue Flag’ status. Try the vast strands of Inch and Banna in Kerry or Youghal Front Strand and Inchydoney in Cork. Meanwhile, you mustn’t forget the magnificence of the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara, which constitute some of the most stunning scenery in County Kerry.
- Tranquil and picturesque, the Slieve Blooms in County Laois lie at the very heart of Ireland and offer a really beautiful escape from it all. Shady forest trails, crystal clear trickling streams and gushing waterfalls and long green glens make it the perfect place to take things at a slower pace.
- The Ring of Gullion in County Armagh is a unique geological landform. A ring dyke not found anywhere else in the British Isles, the heather clad Slieve Gullion is surrounded by a circle of low hills 40km in diameter. Slieve Gullion's reputation as Ireland's mountain of mystery arises from its rich associations with Irish legends and myths.
- The River Shannon carves its way through some exceptional countryside, and at 386km is the longest river in the British Isles. This enchanting waterway weaves past picturesque villages down to the Atlantic Ocean at Limerick and makes an ideal spot for a fishing, boating, or simply relaxing holiday.
- The Burren in County Clare. Identifying the plethora of flora and fauna in the region offers up some spectacular sights, including sheets of gold and cream Arctic-alpine aven in May and the 22 varieties of orchids, which flower through the months until September.
- The Mourne Mountain range is an area of outstanding natural beauty with a compact and accessible collection of peaks in the south-eastern corner of Northern Ireland. Clustered within this area are twelve peaks over 600m high, including Slieve Donard, the region’s highest mountain.