These lesser known Ireland spots include stunning scenery, eerie caves and immaculate islands.
Ireland is known for its lush green rolling hills, bagpipes, and Saint Patrick. The saint, as legend has it, that chased away all the snakes in Ireland even though there’s no suggestion that there were any to begin with.
Ireland has a long history and is full of stunning locations. This list is full of amazing locations for family photos, eerie caves, and immaculate islands.
Slieve League is a mountain on the Atlantic coast of County Donegal, Ireland. From its highest point, it’s a staggering 609m drop to the Atlantic Ocean below. These massive cliffs stretch towards the horizon and on a good day you can see across to many locations. Such as Sligo, Leitrim, and all the way to the mountains of the Mayo coast.
For experienced hikers to venture beyond the viewing point head up onto One Man’s Pass, which loops around onto the Pilgrim’s Path. Called ‘One Man’s Pass’ due to the narrow ridge that is just walkable for one person. This will lead you to the highest point of the Slieve League with stunning panoramic views!
Cliffs of Moher
Okay, so the Cliffs of Moher are well known. But a trip to Ireland would be incomplete without a visit here! The Cliffs of Moher are sea cliffs located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, along the Wild Atlantic Way, in Ireland. These cliffs are 702 feet (214 m) tall at their highest point and range for 8 km (5 miles) along the Atlantic ocean edge.
Located on the southwestern coast of Ireland so they are close to Shannon International Airport near the cities of Limerick and Galway. Aside from these cliffs stunning views, this could be why this location is among the most popular tourist attractions in all of Ireland. Learn more about the Moher Cliffs here.
Killarney National Park
Killarney National Park near the town of Killarney, County Kerry, was the first national park in Ireland. The park was designated as a Biosphere Reserve in 1981 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
This park has the highest peak in all of Ireland, McGillycuddy’s Reeks that rise to a height of over 1000 meters with the lakes of Killarney at foot. Learn all about Killarney National Park hiking trails here.
Skellig Michael is a twin-pinnacled crag 8 miles (12 km) off the coast of Portmagee, South West of Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. There are two islands, though the smaller one is said to be “inaccessible” and I say a possible challenge for mountaineers.
Skellig Michael towers 714ft. (218 meters) above sea level and is the second-largest gannet colony in the world. There are a few eco-tours that have multiple daily departures from Portmagee marina to see the wildlife on these islands. Learn more here.
Sligo Micro valley
Sligo Micro valley nestled between sheer rock walls reaching heights of 60 feet, surrounded by hanging vines, ancient trees, and mossy rock. This secret gully is etched into the side of Knocknarea Mountain, a place with fairy tales all its own.
Knocknarea is a popular hiking destination while at its top is a massive pile of stones known as Queen Maeve’s Tomb. Supposedly the resting place of mythical Queen Maeve, it’s considered good luck to take a stone from the bottom of the pile and place it on the top.
The Glen is tucked away down an overgrown trail marked by an old rusty gate and thought to be Queen Maeve’s own secret garden. The area is a bit of a secret and doesn’t get many visitors making it the perfect place to visit for photographers ad writers.
Dunmore Cave is a massive limestone cave in Ballyfoyle, County Kilkenny, Ireland and is known for its Viking history. This cave has been fascinating writers, archeologists, and explorers for ages.
The first mention of the cavern was in a 9th-century Irish triad poem as one of the “darkest places in Ireland.” Though it’s mostly known as the site of a Viking battle that took place in 928 CE that racked up 1,000 casualties. The cave is stunning with moss and limestone covered in vines looking out into a green almost jungle-like landscape.
Victor’s Way Indian Sculpture Park
Victor’s Way Indian Sculpture Park is an eccentric garden of Indian sculptures dedicated to mathematician Alan Turing. The spiritual visions of the Irishman were recreated in stone by a craftsman in Mahabalipuram, India, and are located in the park in County Wicklow, Ireland.
This unique park covers 22 acres with a collection of 14 statues that took 20 years to complete. This collection is intended to represent the spiritual progression to enlightenment, including dancing figures such as Ganesh, Shiva, and other Hindu deities.
I hope this inspires you to look deeper into Irelands typical tourist destinations because Ireland really does have a rich history. There are countless lesser known Ireland travel locations for photo ops and cultural influence. If you’re interested in more travel inspiration try these links: