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Wednesday 29 November 2023 Dublin: 3°C

8 sights every Irish person should see at least once

Sights, landscapes and beauty spots that’ll make you proud to be Irish.
IRELAND IS FULL of great things to see  - but the funny thing is, it’s often left up to the tourists to do it.

That should change. We should take some time out and appreciate the amazing scenery and experiences that Ireland has to offer, from the top to the tip of the island.

To kick off our Pride of Irish series, we’re showcasing some of the most unbeatable sights that Ireland has to offer… Let us know in the comments if you have any suggestions to add to our list.

1. The sun setting on Inishturk

Inishturk – which at the last count in 2011 had a population of 53 – is a beautiful and unspoilt island off the coast of Mayo, nestled beside Clare Island and Caher Island. A pint in Tigh Neds after an amble along Inishturk pier to see the sun set… Magic.

2. A trad session in full flow in Lisdoonvarna

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“If it’s music you want, come to Clare.” The words of Christy Moore in his absolute banger of an anthem dedicated to this buzzy town in Clare. Lisdoonvarna is famous for its music and its festivals, including the famous match-making one currently ongoing. Watching talented musicians set out their stall in the corner of a pub and lash into some Irish classics as the evening draws in – it really is a sight to behold.

3. A car going backwards up the Fairy Road

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The Comeragh Mountain Drive in Waterford is pretty nice to take in just on its own merits, but it gets a whole lot better when you find out about the Magic Road. At the stone by the rag tree, put your car in neutral. It will then roll up the hill of its own accord. Yes, you read that correctly. Has to be seen to be believed.

4. The view from Dun Aengus out to the Atlantic

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Also known as Dún Aonghasa, to those for whom spelling in Irish isn’t a massive challenge (major respect there, by the way). On one side the sea, and prehistoric forts towering behind. There are very few better ways to take in the crashing waves of the Atlantic.

5. The Cliffs of Moher… from the sea not the walk

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The Cliffs of Moher are a sight that defines Ireland – a major tourist attraction and site of countless photo ops from both visitors and Irish people alike. But have you ever seen them from the other side? Not from the walk, but the water below. A total change of perspective that puts a whole new spin on such a well-loved spot. Catch the boat from Doolin – you won’t regret it.

6. Puffin-spotting on Skellig Michael

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Recently in the news due to Skellig Michael’s starring role in the new Star Wars movies, we sincerely hope the puffins inhabiting this amazing island off Kerry haven’t got too big to sign autographs. The remains of a 6th century Christian monastery on Skellig Michael (and in fact most of the island itself) became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996.

7. Surfers coming in from the waves at Bundoran

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Nothing screams summertime in Ireland like getting a 99 and having it melt down your hand on the beach. There are lots of top Irish beach spots – like Rosslare, Lahinch, Brittas, Portmarnock to name just a handful – but Bundoran can’t be overlooked. Rugged Irish vistas at their finest. Everyone has their favourite, which probably has something to do with where you spent a couple of weeks every summer as a kid.

8. A spin through the Sally Gap in the Wicklow Mountains

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An old reliable for a drive or cycle just outside the capital, with the blanket bog and wild flora covering the surrounding landscape giving unparalleled views for miles. The Sally Gap shouldn’t be taken for granted just because it’s on many people’s doorsteps – it’s well worth going up and taking in properly.

Got any more suggestions? Experienced a truly magical sight in Ireland? You know what to do…

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