Ireland Off The Beaten Path

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    Kilclooney Wood Co. Donegal
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Ireland Off The Beaten Path

  • Howth

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    I did not know its name at the time but the first reasonably clear sight I saw as our flight was close to landing in Dublin was Baily Lighthouse at Howth Head. The first accompanying photo was taken from our plane and is incredibly poor -- quite a shame because in clear, sunny weather the view is stunning. To see what I mean, please see the second...

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  • Cobh....

    Cork Off The Beaten Path

    Cobh (pronounced cove) - formerly Cove and, subsequently, Queenstown, is a pretty resort and port situated on the largest island in Cork Harbour. Walking along the quayside lined with elegant hotels, good restaurants and interesting shops, the first time visitor might not even suspect the town's tragic past. And yet it was from here that over 2.5...

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  • In the City

    Galway Off The Beaten Path

    A rather strange thing has happened near the Spanish arch in Galway. A very smart and well made plaque has appeared on a wall proclaiming the founding of the GDR - the Galway Democratic Republic. I strongly suspect that it is an art school stunt of some kind. The GDR seems to be absent from the internet or anywhere else. The 'prank' status is...

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  • Inch beach

    Killarney Off The Beaten Path

    This is a good one! You'll see Inch beach from your touring bus or car on the way from Killarney to Dingle, but few people actually stop to stroll the entire length of it. In summertime, you'll find many people (locals and travellers) relaxing here, but it's still something of a peaceful haven between the tourist spots all around.

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  • Cratloe woods

    Limerick Off The Beaten Path

    Cratloe Woods is located between Limerick City and Shannon. From the top of the hill in Cratloe you can see the whole of Limerick City. This is beautiful, especially as the street lights start to light throughout the city.

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  • Dunmore East

    Waterford Off The Beaten Path

    The fishing port and seaside resort of Dunmore East only 9 miles south-east of Waterford is worth a visit by bus. The bay of the picturesque village is divided by various cliffs and coves. In the sheltered harbour plenty of fishing boats and yachts can be seen.

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  • Garretstown and the Old head of Kinsale.

    Kinsale Off The Beaten Path

    If you have a car or can take a tour it is really worthwhile going a few miles beyond Kinsale to the Blue Flag beach at Garretstown and the magnificent cliffs at the Old Head. Garretstown beach is popular with watersports enthusiasts but it's also a good beach for walking or just chilling out with a picnic. The Old Head of Kinsale was once a...

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  • Parke's Castle

    Sligo Off The Beaten Path

    Parke's Castle, is located on the shore of Lough Gill, in County Leitrim. It's a very pleasant drive to the castle from Sligo, which can well be included with other touring. Well worth a visit, very interesting. Included is an audio visual presentation. Location: On the Sligo-Dromahair Road (R286), 11 km from Sligo Town or 7 km from Dromahair

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  • Dingle Peninsula

    Dingle Off The Beaten Path

    What a spot...a real "off the beaten path", great old castle, no fees, just enjoy. If you go to Inch Beach and you are on your way to Dingle Town, stop here for a moment. It's a great introduction to the mystery and beauty of the Dingle Peninsula. You can see the Ring of Kerry across the bay. Near by Anascaul is a great quaint village. Lovely....

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  • Pottery

    Cobh Off The Beaten Path

    In the village of Shanagarry, in Co. Cork, There is a pottery factory. Their best known designs are an unfinished brown with a white glazed trim. We drove to the factory and had a good browse around. There is a workshop downstairs where you can see the artists making the pottery and there's a little cafe on the grounds as well. You'll have to...

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  • Dingle Peninsula

    Tralee Off The Beaten Path

    Tralee is located at the gateway of the Dingle Peninsula, so you could easily take a bus or a car down to the Kerry Gaeltacht towns of Ventry and Dingle. The scenery is beautiful - I took this photo on a school trip to Dingle. This strip of land is known as An Gaeltacht because Irish is spoken daily here. I've created a Dingle page, if you want to...

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  • Kilclooney Dolmen, Ardara

    Donegal Off The Beaten Path

    Take the R261 from Ardara towards Portnoo, just before you get to Kilclooney you will see the Dolmen to your right in a field. Park your car at the Dolmen Centre (Eco-Tourism Centre, see tip) and walk over to Kilclooney Church. to the left of it, there is a path in the grass that will lead you up to the Dolmen. It is on the land of a farmer, who is...

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  • Tuamgraney

    Shannon Off The Beaten Path

    If you have any interest in seeing how hand woven scarves are made, stop in Tuamgraney along the shores of the Shannon enroute to Mountshannon. Anke and Eugene McKernan do beautiful work, and will show you around if you ask!http://www.mckernanscarves.com/

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  • Corkscrew Hill

    Ballyvaughan Off The Beaten Path

    If you are travelling around the Burren by car and have a spare half hour to spare (or just happen to be travelling this way), take the N67 road that runs between Ballyvaughan and Lisdoonvarna. On this road, locally known as "corkscrew hill", there is a wonderful look out point high up on the hill that overlooks Ballyvaughan and Galway Bay. The vew...

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  • Scenic

    Derry Off The Beaten Path

    If you haven't got a car then rent one for a day and head across the border into Donegal. Right across the border you have the start of the Inishowen peninsula. Look out for the Inishowen 100 signs. They lead you all along the coast, passing beauty spots with great views. It takes you up through Buncrana along Lough Swilly, all the way up to Malin...

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  • The Burren

    County Clare Off The Beaten Path

    There is not only Poulnabrone Dolmen, BUT also another similar such construction next to the parking where you have a small space to park your car, when visiting Poulnabrone Dolmen. You simply have to step over the stone-wall and turn to the right instead of heading towards the much more famous Poulnabrone Dolmen. The Dolmen in my picture looks...

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  • Dublin

    Ireland Off The Beaten Path

    I made a Google Map of the 10-day driving trip my sister and I took to Ireland. We were first-time visitors and petrified of driving, but we encountered absolutely no problems. We started in Dublin and did a loop to Wexford, Cork, Kenmare, Dingle, then Limerick. Sharing my map with embedded photos and tips for other first-timers looking for...

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  • Skerries

    County Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    You will have to walk a bit. No the trai doesn't stop right in the middle of this sightseeing. This is how a port looks at sunset , in a small village half an hour by train from Dublin. Think it is worth a walk? I was glad i did.

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  • The Slieve Mish mountains...

    County Kerry Off The Beaten Path

    The Slieve Mish mountains overlook Tralee Bay and provide many opportunities for hillwalking and outdoor pursuits. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Kerry is home to Ireland's highest mountains and its most westerly point. A very rare fossil (only five others have been recorded in the world) of a four-footed amphibian in pressure-cleaved slate...

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  • Killiney

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    The day I was in Dublin for the rugby cup final (see sports tip) I had 4-5 hours to amuse myself between arrival in the city and the time to head for the game. I decided to take the DART out as far as Killiney (pronounced Kil-line-ey) and walk back to Dalkey. Great idea. The beach is superb - shingle as opposed to sand, but beautiful. My walk took...

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  • Mizen Head

    Cork Off The Beaten Path

    Go to the southernmost point of Ireland; Mizen Head. To go the whole way, you first have to climb the famous 99 steps down to the bridge which is 45 meter above the sea level. For more information, please have a look at my Mizen Head travelogue to the upper right corner of this page.

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  • On the Coast

    Galway Off The Beaten Path

    Cleggan is a small fishing village nestling at the head of Cleggan Bay, on Connemara's Atlantic Coast. This village is the departure point for ferry services to the islands of Inishbofin and Inishturk.

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  • Dingle Peninsula

    Killarney Off The Beaten Path

    Of the five peninsulas in Western Cork and Kerry counties, Dingle peninsula is the one I enjoyed the most. In good weather it's a cycler's paradise, with plenty of archeological sites and wonderful coastal landscapes. See the travelogue for some of my favourite pictures!

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  • The Burren

    Limerick Off The Beaten Path

    Discover the joy of taking an Irish guided walk along the Greenway of the Burren and the Cliffs. Burren Hill Walks is an excellent guide service. They can be called at 0654-77168 or 088-654810 to arrange a day's walking tour.Spending a day walking with someone who knows the area is a real joy and pleasure. They can tell you stories (the Irish are...

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  • Ardmore

    Waterford Off The Beaten Path

    The town of Ardmore is nearer to Cork than Waterford, but it is in Co. Waterford. It is a lovely little town that is a popular seaside resort in the summer. It features a lovely ruins of St Declan's church and oratory. There's a beautiful 12th century round tower, and this wall of the 13th century church may have been part of an earlier church. The...

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  • The Mall and Bowling Green

    Kinsale Off The Beaten Path

    If you want to explore a little further then it's time to strart climbing. Beyond Acton's Hotel on the waterfront, turn right onto Denis Quay where you will see another terrace of elegant georgian townhouses, former captains residences. Then turn right again up the steep ST John's Hill and you will come to the pleasant park called Bowling Green and...

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  • Rosses Point

    Sligo Off The Beaten Path

    Don't forget to visit the seaside resort of Rosses Point which is served by local buses regulary. Roses Point is home to two fine sandy beaches, a yacht club and a few pubs. Apart from that you will get a spectacular view of the mountains (including Benbulben) and the beauty of Sligo Bay.

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  • Beaches

    Dingle Off The Beaten Path

    Take the Atlantic drive - it is a circular road starting at the west-end of Dingle - town and taking you to plenty of great sights along the way : 1) The Slea Drive B&B with the colorfull facade with plenty of bears 2) the beehive-huts and the Dunbeg Fort 3) the Blasket islands 4) various great beaches with fantastic waves & a great panorama. 5)...

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  • Fintown

    Donegal Off The Beaten Path

    Fintown.....is a village tucked away in the central mountain area of the Blue Stack Mts. It is remote to say the least. Sheep herding industry is concentrated here and also forest restoration. A couple of lumber mills. Lough Finn is a lovely lake.............as also Lough Muck, which is where we rented a typical white cottage. I enjoyed the...

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  • Newtown Castle

    Ballyvaughan Off The Beaten Path

    Just down the road to Ballyvaughan, to the right of the N67 as you head toward Lisdoonvarna, you will find this castle tower. Unusual for its type, in that it starts square at its base and devolves into a circular pillar of stonework. The tower sits up slightly higher than the surrounding land, on a hillock that gives a good view over...

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  • Lahinch

    County Clare Off The Beaten Path

    As I said in my intro, our first day in Ireland, we ending up off the beaten path and got a little lost. We THOUGHT we were on our way to the Cliffs of Moher but ended up in this pretty beach town instead. I believe the name of this town is Lahinch. Well, in December it was too cold to swim, but we did enjoy some pretty views while we regathered...

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  • The Blasket Islands

    County Kerry Off The Beaten Path

    The Blasket Islands are in the west of Dingle Island and the biggest of the islands Great Blasket was still inhabited untill 1953. Nowadays you may take a ferryboat from Dunquin in order to explore the Blasket Islands. You may still see the remains of the church and several houses there. In 1588 the Santa Maria de la Rosa, a ship of the spanish...

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  • Glendalough

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    Glendalough is an amazing valley located in County Wicklow, Ireland, formed during the last ice age by a glacier. Today it is best known for its spectacular greenery and the renowned Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century. This place has magnificent views, fresh air and everything an outdoor enthusiast dreams of! It has many...

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  • Bearhaven Island

    Cork Off The Beaten Path

    West Cork is one of the most scenic parts of Ireland. The main Towns in this area would be Bandon, Kinsale, Skibbereen, Glengariff and Castletownbere. I dont know it really well personally - apart from Kinsale, but hey, I can always visit some other time!

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  • Inland

    Galway Off The Beaten Path

    The beautiful village of Leenane, snugly situated at the head of Killary Harbour, is often aptly described as the 'Gateway to Connemara'. The roads from Maam, Clifden, and Westport meet at this point. Killary Harbour extends ten miles inland and with the mountains rising steeply on either side provides what is probably the best scenery in Ireland....

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  • Inisfallen Island

    Killarney Off The Beaten Path

    If you look across the lake with Ross castle to your back you can seen Inisfalen island. Take a boat trip from the Castle to the Island. There are ruins of a 6th century monastery there. It's usually quiet, at most 50 people on the island at any given time. There are about 5 buildings to be seen there. It's also a really nice place to relax in the...

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  • Poulnabrone...

    Limerick Off The Beaten Path

    Check out the Poulnabrone Dolmen in the Burren area, north of Limerick. This is a tomb from about 2500-2000 bc. Burren is a beautiful area between Limerick and Galway, not that far from the Cliffs of Moher.

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  • Kilkenny Castle

    Waterford Off The Beaten Path

    Have a visit to the lovely inland town of Kilkenny. Here: The Kilkenny Castle. For more photos, please check out my Kilkenny travelogue to the upper right.

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  • Conner Pass

    Dingle Off The Beaten Path

    The Connor pass route from Tralee to Dingle town is scenic. It passes the lovely beaches around Castlegregory, climbs Mt Brandon, and sweeps down to Dingle harbor. Take a walk on the path beyond the car park for an outstanding view.

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  • Beach

    Ballyvaughan Off The Beaten Path

    A few miles before we got to Ballyvaughan we pulled left to take a break at this stoney beach. Isn't this ground amazing???? It started raining when we were here. Luckily I was rather close to the car so I didn't get wet. Colm raced back to the car, completely wet after just a minute of rain. And as soon as he reached the car .. it stopped raining...

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  • Malahide

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    Because of our flight’s early arrival in Dublin, we could not yet visit the first site originally scheduled on our itinerary. This circumstance led to an impromptu, but welcomed, visit to Malahide Castle and Gardens only 9 miles north of Dublin . Following a scenic drive, much of it along the coast, we arrived to find Malahide Castle still shrouded...

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  • Kinsale

    Cork Off The Beaten Path

    While a good few people visit Charles Fort in Summercove (near Kinsale) many drive from Kinsale and so miss a very pleasant walk. Plus they face the "fun" of driving in Summercove to get to the fort (a village that was most definitely not built with cars in mind!!) Go to the Spaniard Pub just at the edge of Kinsale (anyone will be able to give you...

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  • Mount Carrantuohill

    Killarney Off The Beaten Path

    The first thing that caught my eye when I looked at a map of Ireland was the highest point in the country (of course) - Mt. Carrantuohill. This was our first planned activity in Killarney. It's about a half hour ride from city center by cab. Make sure you tell a bunch of people you are going and that you bring hiking supplies (water, food, warm...

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  • Flying

    Limerick Off The Beaten Path

    On the off-chance that you're a pilot, there's a small airfield, Coonagh, just outside the city. Limerick flying club operates out of there, and they offer 'intro-to-membership' flights. They got a C150 Aerobat, among others, and an aerobatics instructor on staff, so if you're lucky, you might be able to get some aerobatic time in while in the...

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  • Dalkey

    Dublin Off The Beaten Path

    I spent a couple of hours hanging out in Dalkey (pronounced Daaw=key) while recovering from my walk over the hill from Killiney and waiting until it was time to head back towards the city. It is one of the city’s most affluent and exclusive suburbs, and on the sea. A BMW cabriolet is almost compulsory. It has a whole range of places to eat and...

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