Natural wonders Ireland

Natural wonders Ireland

Natural wonders IrelandIreland has many breath-taking natural wonders. The most famous two would likely be The Cliffs of Moher in Clare, and The Giants Causeway in Antrim. The cliffs are over 200 metres above the Atlantic ocean and span for 8 kilometres.

Overview

Many tourists from all over the world visit these cliffs each year. To make it even more famous, scenes from the movie Harry Potter – Half Blood Prince were shot at the cliffs due to their steep and dramatic appearance.

Giant’s Causeway

The Giants Causeway is an incredible formation of some 40 thousand hexagonal basalt columns, vertically rising out of the sea. It dates back to 50-60 million years
ago, and is one of Unesco’s World Heritage Sites. It is located by the sea near Antrim in Northern Ireland and attracts half a million tourists each year.

Burren

Then you have the beautiful Burren, our national park and a very unique area filled with ancient limestone rock which holds many rare flowers such as orchids between the cracks. The name translates to “the fertile rock” and so speaks for itself when it comes to the incredible amount of flora you can find in this area. There are also miles of very old drystone walls, built by farmers to divide lands and split up livestock. There’s nowhere in Ireland quite like the Burren, and maybe even in the world.. The appearance of this gorgeous landscape isn’t easily forgotten.

Mountains

Then there’s the mountains of Ireland, of which there are many all across the country. Some of the most famous would be the Wicklow Mountains and Sliabh Liag. The Wicklow Mountains span the largest area upland in Ireland and are situated within the centre of Wicklow. The edges of this mountain range touch Carlow, Wexford, and Dublin. The highest peak in the Wicklow Mountains would be Lugnaquilla which is 925 metres. Sliabh Liag (or Slieve Liege in English) is a mountain situated in Donegal which hits 601 metres tall, and has some of the highest cliffs beside the sea in Ireland, much higher than the more famous Cliffs of Moher. You also have the Sliabh Bladhma (Slieve Bloom mountains) situated in Laois. The highest mountain in Ireland, Corrán Tuathail (or Carrauntoohil) is located in Kerry and is part of the mountain range MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. The Irish name for MacGillycuddy’s Reeks is “Na Cruacha Dubha” which means “the black stacks” and they span for 12 miles, featuring some of the sharpest ridges of any Irish mountains. Funnily enough, these are also the only mountains in Ireland that are technically mountains, as they are over 1,000 metres tall.

And there’s more!

There are many more incredible natural attractions in Ireland too, such as the tranquil river Shannon, The Ring of Gullion in Northern Ireland which is a ring dyke (listed as an AONB), two other “rings” such as the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara, and of course the stunning Cork & Kerry coast. Whichever county you visit in Ireland, there’s probably something spectacular to behold. It’s full of mystery and wonder, and is just waiting to be explored..

Overview

Many tourists from all over the world visit these cliffs each year. To make it even more famous, scenes from the movie Harry Potter – Half Blood Prince were shot at the cliffs due to their steep and dramatic appearance.


Giant’s Causeway

The Giants Causeway is an incredible formation of some 40 thousand hexagonal basalt columns, vertically rising out of the sea. It dates back to 50-60 million years
ago, and is one of Unesco’s World Heritage Sites. It is located by the sea near Antrim in Northern Ireland and attracts half a million tourists each year.

Burren

Then you have the beautiful Burren, our national park and a very unique area filled with ancient limestone rock which holds many rare flowers such as orchids between the cracks. The name translates to “the fertile rock” and so speaks for itself when it comes to the incredible amount of flora you can find in this area. There are also miles of very old drystone walls, built by farmers to divide lands and split up livestock. There’s nowhere in Ireland quite like the Burren, and maybe even in the world.. The appearance of this gorgeous landscape isn’t easily forgotten.

Mountains

Then there’s the mountains of Ireland, of which there are many all across the country. Some of the most famous would be the Wicklow Mountains and Sliabh Liag. The Wicklow Mountains span the largest area upland in Ireland and are situated within the centre of Wicklow. The edges of this mountain range touch Carlow, Wexford, and Dublin. The highest peak in the Wicklow Mountains would be Lugnaquilla which is 925 metres. Sliabh Liag (or Slieve Liege in English) is a mountain situated in Donegal which hits 601 metres tall, and has some of the highest cliffs beside the sea in Ireland, much higher than the more famous Cliffs of Moher. You also have the Sliabh Bladhma (Slieve Bloom mountains) situated in Laois. The highest mountain in Ireland, Corrán Tuathail (or Carrauntoohil) is located in Kerry and is part of the mountain range MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. The Irish name for MacGillycuddy’s Reeks is “Na Cruacha Dubha” which means “the black stacks” and they span for 12 miles, featuring some of the sharpest ridges of any Irish mountains. Funnily enough, these are also the only mountains in Ireland that are technically mountains, as they are over 1,000 metres tall.

And there’s more!

There are many more incredible natural attractions in Ireland too, such as the tranquil river Shannon, The Ring of Gullion in Northern Ireland which is a ring dyke (listed as an AONB), two other “rings” such as the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara, and of course the stunning Cork & Kerry coast. Whichever county you visit in Ireland, there’s probably something spectacular to behold. It’s full of mystery and wonder, and is just waiting to be explored..





                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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