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5 hidden treasures of Ireland for hikers & backpackers

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Happy Saint Patrick's day! Saint Patrick's is the perfect time to take a minute to appreciate the beautiful country that Ireland is- and all the endless possibilities it has to offer for outdoor addicts & nature enthusiastics. In this blog post we're diving into 5 lesser known nature destinations of the land of of rain, rainbows, pots of gold & leprechauns!

1. Mizen Head

Experience the cliffs of Mizen Head

A spellbinding nature destination with stunning. dramatic cliff scenery? Sign me up! Located in the most south westernly point of Ireland, there holds a beautiful hidden gem, Mizen Head. Only 8km from Goleen, it's a wonderful destination for backpackers & photographers who live for the chase of breathtaking views.

2. Skellig Michael

The infamous island from Star Wars

After the new Star Wars: “The Force Awakens”, Skellig Michael certainly grew massive interest in tourists & backpackers. Before the movie, it was rather unknown amongst tourists. The now famous tiny island is a UNESCO World Heritage site, located in Country Kerry’s coast. Visitors can take a boat from a tiny town Portmagee to the island, where awaits a 600- step climb to explore the ancient monastery.
If you’re planning to visit Skellig Michael, make sure you reserve a few days to explore the surrounding areas as well, there’s plenty to see in and around the charming little village of Portmagee too!

3. Glenevin Waterfall

Glenevin Waterfall

The spectacular waterfall of Glenevin is without a doubt one of Inishowen’s most magical natural attractions. Located in Clonmany, County Donegal, in the most northern parts of Ireland you definetly need to prepare for a rainy visit, but we promise- it’s all worth it in the end. And well, would it really be Ireland without a wee bit of rain?
The safe and well sign- posted route is easy to find, and the short walk is suitable for families of all ages. The route takes you following up the stream up until you find yourself staring at the beautiful view of the waterfall, which could easily pass as an image from a fantasy movie. It’s that spectacular.

4. Cobh

The town of Cobh

Cobh is less of a nature location than other destinations on this list, but boy does it deserve a place in it. Cobh, formerly known as Queenstown, is a beautiful seaport town on the south coast of Ireland. Their most known attraction is the catherdal church of St Colman’s , standing up to 90m (300ft), making it one of the talles buildings in Ireland.
The town itself is filled with vibrant colors and buildings, making it one of the best day trip locations of the island for when you really just want a laid-back day in a wonderfully charming, colorful town.

5. The Kerry Way

A nine day hike in the heart of Kerry

Last, but not the least, is The Kerry Way, perfect for those who're looking for a challenge. The trail is 214km long, starting and ending in Killarney. It’s a truly unique trail that takes you through white-sand beaches, national parks, dramatic mountain passes and beautiful isolated valleys. The Kerry Way is a true masterpiece for passionate hikers offering an experience of a lifetime.
The Ring of Kerry has even more to offer than just the trails. Due to the versatile nature there's endless activity options to choose from: surfing, cycling, hill climbing and even fishing. Nevertheless, if you're planning a trip to the southern Ireland, The Ring of Kerry is a complete must-see!

Happy Saint Patrick's! :)

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