3. Croagh Patrick
Somehow hills are rarely talked about in connection with Ireland. While there are no Mount Everest nor any high mountains, there are plenty of hills to explore and hike.
Rachael recommends this beautiful 764 m high sacred mountain with its majestic conical shape soaring above the surrounding countryside. It is a sacred mountain. In fact, it is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland. Its religious significance dates back to the time of pagans but it is most famous in connection to St Patrick, Ireland's patron saint.
pilgrims, it also attracts hill climbers, historians, archaeologists
and nature lovers, offering great views. It takes about 2 hrs to
reach the summit and 1,5 hours to descend. For more practical information
4. The ring of Kerry
It is a 179 km long scenic drive in County Kerry. It takes in rugged coastal landscapes and rural seaside villages. Skellig Michael, a rocky island with an abandoned 7th-century Christian monastery, is a major destination point, with several boats from Portmagee making the 12 km crossing during the warmer months.
can drive a car, take a tour bus, cycle or hike. It is a
photographer's paradise of stunning scenery of mountains, rivers and
forests. It also has some fine sandy beaches facing the mighty
provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland -
see the Iron Age Forts, Ogham Stones, Old Monasteries and a landscape
carved out of rock by the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago.
More information: https://ringofkerrytourism.com/
5. Blarney Stone and Blarney Castle
This medieval stronghold near Cork was built in 1446 and is the third castle to have been erected on this site. While visiting the castle make sure you get the chance to see it from as many angles as you can. From some sides it looks warlike, from others magical. As the walls slope inward, it looks even higher than it actually is (27 m).
The Stone is set in the wall below the battlements. To kiss it, one has to lean backwards (holding on to an iron railing) from the parapet walk. The prize is a real one as once kissed the stone bestows the gift of eloquence - you will never again be lost for words.
It looks scary but is really popular!
Official website: https://www.blarneycastle.ie/
Five places visited in Ireland, and five more to go! Don´t forget to come back, and stay safe!