Check out these nature-based attractions and special areas to visit.
Ireland Premier show cave
Ailwee Cave and Birds of Prey Educational Centre Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland
Aillwee Cave continues to welcome visitors to The Burren for over 40 years. The Birds of Prey Educational Centre is home to one of the largest and most varied collection of Birds of Prey.
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Through the waters of time
Carlow Tourism College Street, Carlow Town, Co. Carlow
Carlow is a dynamic combination of past and present leading visitors through a hinterland of neat friendly villages and towns to ancient monastic sites and archaeological wonders.
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Ireland's Pleasure Lake
Discover Lough Derg Counties Clare, Tipperary and Galway, Ireland
Lough Derg is an area of great charm, natural beauty and heritage.
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World-Famous, Magnificent Cliffs
Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland
The Cliffs of Moher are a Signature Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. Looming over Clare’s west coast, the magnificent Cliffs of Moher stretch for 8 kilometres and rise to 214 metres
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Hidden history from connemara
Glengowla Mines and Working Farm Experience Oughterard, Co. Galway, Ireland.
Glengowla Mines and working farm are steeped in history, old cuttings from well before the mine opened in 1850.
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Where the land meets the sea
Great Lighthouses of Ireland Various locations throughout the Island of Ireland
Great Lighthouses of Ireland offer a truly unique experience around Ireland’s stunning coastline in 14 breath-taking locations.
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oldest operating lighthouse
Hook Lighthouse Fethard-on-Dea, Hook Peninsula, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Enjoy a tour of Hook Lighthouse, the most popular visitor attraction in county Wexford. This 800 year old is the oldest original operating lighthouse in the world… yes, the world!
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JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum
JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Dedicated to the memory of John F. Kennedy, President of the United States who was tragically assassinated in 1963.
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An engaging experience
Paddle and Sea Cahersiveen Marina, Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Try sea kayaking or canoeing to bring you around the scenic Fertha estuary or even out to the mouth of the Valentia harbour.
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Time to explore
The Old Rail Trail Greenway Athlone to Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland
The Old Rail Trail traces the historic Midlands Great Western Railway track, past restored station houses and under pretty stone arched bridges.
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Visit Clare, County of Culture
Visit Clare Co. Clare, Ireland
Clare combines the stunning natural beauty of its long, meandering coastline with unique windswept landscapes and choice dollops of Irish culture.
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Ultimate holiday experience!
Visit East Clare Unnamed Road, Co. Clare, Ireland
East Clare is the ultimate holiday destination, perfect for those who wish to delve into Clare’s rich heritage.
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Exhilarating treetop adventure
Zipit Forest Adventures (Boyle) Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, Ireland
Climb high into the treetops, swing into cargo nets, surf with a difference or try cycling a bike over a narrow treetop bridge before zipping down one of the many ziplines.
Open Feb to Nov
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18th Century Georgian Villa
Belvedere House, Gardens and Park Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland
Belvedere House boasts a magnificent 160 acre lakeside estate & 18th Century Georgian Villa & Victorian Walled Garden.
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Enjoy the magical Burren
Burren Nature Sanctuary & Café Cloonasee, Kinvara, Co. Galway, Ireland
Stroll through the hedgerow of native Irish trees lining the ancient green road or boreen. Explore the fairy village in the ancient ash and hazel woodlands.
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A great family day out
Crag Cave Castleisland, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Crag Cave is an ancient fossil cave system, older than mankind itself, within which can be seen the natural forces that created the complex and beautiful passages.
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journey to the great stalactite
Doolin Cave Doolin Cave, Co. Clare, Ireland
Follow the footsteps of the men who discovered the Great Stalactite in 1952. Guides will lead you through the Burren underground where you will see the many wonders of the landscape.
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Explore Calcite formations
Dunmore Cave Ballyfoyle, Castlecomer Road, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
The cave has been known to man for many centuries and is first mentioned in the 9th century Irish Triads.
Closed for 2020 season
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Unlock the mystery of the landscape
Giant’s Causeway Visitor Experience 44 Causeway Road, Bushmills, Co. Antrim BT57 8SU, Northern Ireland
The Giant’s Causeway, UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a geological wonder - composed of over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns resulting from intense volcanic activity 60 million years ago.
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Beautiful Atlantic Island
Inishturk Island Inishturk Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Inishturk off the coast of Mayo, rises boldly from the wild North Atlantic in wall-like cliffs to the northwest and steep hills to the north.
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Gothic revival castle
Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens Johnstown, Wexford, Ireland
This great 19th century castle in its beautiful setting was designed by the Victorian architect Daniel Robertson.
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Historic 1,000 acre Estate
Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden Kylemore, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland
Nestled in the heart of Connemara, Kylemore offers history, romance, nature and spirituality - making it the perfect day out for all the family.
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One of Ireland's historical secrets
Lorrha Monastic Village Lorrha Hall, Lorrha, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
St Ruadhan founded a monastery here in 550 and there are a number of other fascinating religious sites to be found in the village of Lorrha.
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An archaeological gem
Lough Gur Heritage Centre & Lakeshore Parklands Lough Gur, Bruff, Co. Limerick, Ireland
Lough Gur is an area of extreme beauty encompassing over 6,000 years of living history. Home to Ireland’s largest and oldest stone circle.
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The historic heartland of Ireland
Munster Vales Limerick, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford
Incorporating the Comeragh, Knockmealdown, Galtee, Ballyhoura and Nagles mountain ranges in the counties of Limerick, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford.
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Discover the natural world
National Museum of Ireland – Natural History Merrion Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
The Natural History collections comprise approximately two million specimens.
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Exciting interpretation of events
Rebellion at the National 1798 Rebellion Centre Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Meet the key figures of the Rebellion, participate in the state of the art 4D battle of Vinegar Hill Experience and discover how weapons from the period worked.
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Environmental activities
Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre Ballyard Road, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Discover the magnificence of the wetlands and the animals and plants living here.
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One of Ireland’s largest castles
Tullynally Castle and Gardens Tullynally Castle and Gardens, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath, Ireland
The Pakenhams (later Earls of Longford) settled here in the 17th century and three generations still live here as their family home.
Weekends July to Sept
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Beautiful walled garden
Vandeleur Walled Garden and Woodland Bistro Killimer Road, Kilrush, Co. Clare, Ireland
Vandeleur gives you a fascinating glimpse into the past, blended with a beautiful re-designed look for a new generation of garden lovers.
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Discover hidden gems
Waterford Greenway Various access points in Co. Waterford, Ireland
Converted railway line with a hard surface all the way offering a mix of coastal and inland routes with direct access to many sights along the way.
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Aran Islands, Co. Galway
Aran Islands Aran Islands, Co. Galway, Ireland
The Aran Islands offer visitors spectacular views and natural landscapes and are a great getaway destination.
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Special North West Discoveries
Ards Forest Park – Heritage Trail Creeslough, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Moderate 5km walking trail between Creeslough and Dunfanaghy.
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Birthplace of Brian Boru
Ballina Killaloe Birthplace of Brian Boru Ballina, Co. Tipperary and Killaloe, Co. Clare, Ireland
Killaloe connects Clare and Tipperary with a 13 arch bridge to the village of Ballina.
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Special Discoveries in the West
Ballyconnell – Canal Loop Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, Ireland
Walking loop starting from the bridge in the middle of the town and exploring the banks of the Woodford River and Annagh Lough Woods.
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Special Discoveries in the West
Benbulben Looped Walk Gortarowey, Co. Sligo, Ireland
Easy 5.5km walking trail suitable for all ages. Great for families.
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The elegance of the Georgian era.
Birr Heritage Town Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland
Birr has stayed true to its 18th and 19th Century character, with tree-lined malls and avenues and wonderful Georgian Architecture.
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Special Discoveries in the West
Bothar na Naomh Cloone, Co. Leitrim, Ireland
Bothar na Naomh is ideal for families with its quiet rural landscape and regenerated cutaway bog.
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On the edge of Europe
Caherdaniel Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry, Ireland
If you are looking for a holiday that combines the great outdoors with heritage and history then Caherdaniel is the perfect choice for you.
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Exciting and fun for all the family
Carnfunnock Country Park Mid and East Antrim BC, Coast Road, Larne, Co. Antrim BT40 2QD, Northern Ireland
Whether it’s adventure or escape you’re looking for, there really is something for everyone at Carnfunnock as it offers a host of activities and onsite facilities.
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Great tourist destination
Castlegregory Castlegregory Visitor Information Centre, Castlegregory, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The village of Castlegregory is located at the foot of a sandy peninsula called the Maharees separating Brandon Bay to the west from Tralee Bay to the east.
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One of the World’s Great Journeys
Causeway Coastal Route Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, 66 Portstewart Road, Coleraine, BT52 1EY, Northern Ireland  
120 miles of stunning coastline will transport you past rugged and windswept cliffs, spectacular scenery and fabulous unspoilt beaches.
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Special Discoveries in the South
Claragh Loop Millstreet, Co. Cork, Ireland
Moderate 10km walk starting at St Patrick’s Church in Millstreet. Optional detour to summit of Claragh Mountain.
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Special Discoveries in the South
Clonakilty Inchydoney Island Road Retreat Walk Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland
Enjoy the views of Clonakilty Bay when you pass the Model Railway Village and Wildflower Garden.
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Woodlands, parkland and lakes
Coillte Forest Park Curragh Chase Curraghchase, Kilcornan, Co. Limerick, Ireland
Curragh Chase offers a number of looped way-marked trails in the park to suit all visitors.
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Experience the magic
Dingle Peninsula Dingle Tourist Office, The Quay, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Famed for its rugged beauty and indigenous cultural heritage, Dingle Peninsula has something to offer every visitor.
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Special Discoveries in the West
Erris Head Loop Belmullet, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Erris Head offers spectacular views of this unspoilt and untouched part of Ireland.
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Southeast Special Discoveries
Gáirdín an Ghorta (The Famine Garden) Newmarket, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
Gáirdín an Ghorta commemorates the Great Famine and honours the people who died of fever, hunger and starvation and those who emigrated.
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Situated in Glencar Valley
Glencar Waterfall Glencar, Co. Leitrim, Ireland
Glencar Waterfall is situated in the Glencar Valley. The 50ft Waterfall served as an inspiration to William Butler Yeats and he mentioned it in his famous poem “The Stolen Child”.
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Special Discoveries in the South
Kilbrittain Castle Walk Kilbrittain, Co. Cork, Ireland
Kilbrittain is situated midway between Kinsale & Clonakilty.
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Special Discoveries in the West
Letterfrack Poetry Trail Letterfrack, Co. Galway, Ireland
The Letterfrack Poetry Trail consists of nine specially commissioned poems on plaques in various locations.
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The Park of the Privileged
Merrion Square Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland
Merrion Square has many associations with significant figures in Ireland’s political and cultural history. Former residents include Daniel O’Connell, Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats.
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Shaped by Sea & Stone
Mid & East Antrim The Gobbins – Information Centre, 68 Middle Rd., Islandmagee, Co. Antrim BT40 3SL
Discover a region that has been Shaped by Sea & Stone and home to The Gobbins Cliff Path and many Game of Thrones filming locations.
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See indescribable cave formations
Mitchelstown Cave Burncourt, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Mitchelstown Cave is one of the largest and most complex cave systems in Ireland.
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Special Discoveries in the West
Monivea Monivea, Co. Galway, Ireland
Moderate 1.5km walking trail through Monivea woods on what was once the Ffrench estate.
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Dramatic mountain range
Mourne Mountains Co. Down, Northern Ireland  
Any newcomer to the Mournes will be amazed at the variety of landscapes that can be encountered within such a confined geographical area.
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Historic Market Town
Nenagh Nenagh Arts Centre, Banba Square, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
View or visit Nenagh's Franciscan Friary ruins, old Jailhouse block and gateway, restored Courthouse, Nenagh Castle, and the Nenagh Heritage Centre in the old Governor’s House.
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Nature at its best
Ness Country Park 50 Oughtagh Road Killaloo, Co. Londonderry, BT47 3TR, Northern Ireland
Be captivated by the stunning waterfall, observe the wildlife in their natural habitat or simply take time out to enjoy the views.
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Special Discoveries in the West
New Village Walk Oughterard, Co. Galway, Ireland
Moderate 5km walking trail through forest plantations with amazing views of Lough Corrib.
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Special Discoveries in the West
Pigeon Hole Loop Cong, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Easy 4.7km trail crossing the Cong river and passing several caves including Pigeon Hole Cave.
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Medieval Town on Lough Derg
Portumna Portumna, Co. Galway, Ireland
Portumna is a picturesque heritage town in the south-east of Co Galway, just west of where the River Shannon enters Lough Derg.
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Ancient portal tomb.
Poulnabrone Dolmen Carron, Co. Clare, Ireland
This ancient portal tomb dates back to the Neolithic period, 3200BC. It comprises of a tabular capstone supported by two slender portal stones, and bordered by a nearby cairn.
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Southeast Special Discoveries
Seal Rescue Ireland Visitor Centre Courtown Harbour, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Come meet the seal pups, learn their stories and get involved in protecting marine life! Open 7 days a week for free tours.
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One of the highest cliffs in Europe
Slieve League Cliffs Teelin, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Slieve League Cliffs, situated on the south west coast of Donegal, are one of the highest and finest sea cliffs in Europe.
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Special discoveries in the South
Tarbert – John F Leslie Woodland Walk Tarbert, Co. Kerry, Ireland
A great walking trail to explore in county Kerry
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Shannon Region Special Discoveries
The Clare Glens Counties Limerick and Tipperary
With breath taking scenery, loop walks, numerous waterfalls and wild dense forestry this region offers tranquility and calm to all who visit.
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Parklands and Mountains
The Great Outdoors Co. Offaly, Ireland   W: www.loughboora.com W: www.slievebloom.ie
Lough Boora Parklands is a habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna including over 130 species of bird and the majestic Slieve Bloom Mountains are a land of forests and blanket bog.
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Follow the former railway line
The Great Southern Greenway Various access points in West Limerick
Unique 96km (60 miles) of countryside which follows the route of the former Limerick to Tralee/Fenit railway line.
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Where the Shannon meets the sea
The Shannon Estuary Way Clare and Limerick, Ireland
Along the Shannon Estuary drive, you will find delightful towns, pretty villages and world famous shore fishing sites.
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Torc Waterfall
Torc Waterfall Muckross Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Nestled at the base of Torc Mountain and standing at approximately 20 metres high, the waterfall is beautiful, rugged and at its most wild after a heavy downpour of Irish rain.
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Extraordinary island
Valentia Island Iveragh Peninsula, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The idyllic setting for sailing, fishing, kayaking, diving, coasteering, cycling, walking, rock climbing and lots more.
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Immerse yourself in nature
Walk the Tintern Abbey Trails Saltmills, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland
To start each walk, turn right at the entrance to Tintern Abbey and continue to Trailhead.
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Southeast Special Discoveries
Wexford Wildfowl Reserve National Parks and Wildlife Service, North Slob, Ardcavan Lane, Co. Wexford, Ireland
About one-third of the world population of Greenland White-fronted Geese spend the winter on the Wexford Slobs.
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