There’s a reason Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle; with bright and bold greens that surround you regardless of where you wander, the beautiful nation has established itself as a place full of both historic and natural wonders. Everyone knows the most popular spots; Blarney Castle, the Giant’s Causeway, and the Guinness Storehouse are always bustling with tourist activity — so much so that it sometimes feels like you’re seeing more tourists than Irish natives! If you’re looking to get away from the traditional tourist experience, here are three secret spots Ireland has hidden away.
- The Coral Strand, County Galway: Although many people head to the beach to lay out on the sand, the sleepy town of Carraroe in Connemara has visitors for another reason — it is made entirely out of crushed coralline algae. The rarity of these beautiful beaches makes them ideal locations for both conservation efforts and relaxation.
- Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve, County Kerry: There are few places in the civilized world where you can see the night sky in all its glory, but County Kerry is one of them. The sky here is devoid of any light pollution, allowing you to gaze upon the sparkling expanse of the universe come to life.
- The Guinness Lake, County Wicklow: If you’re a Guinness lover, you’ve no choice but to visit Guinness Lake. The day’s drive will take you up into the Wicklow Mountains, offering astounding views over Lough Tay. Finally, you’ll see it: the inky black waters framed by golden sand make this lake look like it came directly from a tap in your favorite Irish pub.
If you’ve never been to Ireland, it’s important that you see the sights. No one can deny the appeal of Irish castle tours, especially since there are over 30,000 medieval castles to choose from! Whether this is your first or 15th trip to Ireland, you can indulge in both the magnificent history of these ancient buildings and the beautiful sights tucked away from tourist eyes.
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