Ireland is known for its beautiful green countryside. One of the best ways to explore it is to take a road trip across the Emerald Isle. There are so many hidden gems tucked away so a well-planned road trip is necessary to ensure you see all the wonderful places Ireland has to offer. Before you set off on your adventures, make sure you have car insurance and your car is in full working order. In this blog post, we’re going to take a look at some of the best hidden gems across Ireland and Northern Ireland that you may not have considered on your trip.
Poolbeg Lighthouse, Dublin
Stroll along the South Wall and admire the Poolbeg Lighthouse. Located in Dublin Bay and built in 1768, this lighthouse is thought to be the first in the world to have operated on candlepower, before it later converted to oil in 1786. Be prepared for a long walk, as the path along South Wall is 4km. Although it takes approximately 30-40 minutes, you get stunning views at the end of the pier. You’ll be able to see Dun Laoghaire if you’re facing towards the south side and on a clear day you can see mountains in the background, as well as some ships and trawlers coming into the port.
Torc Waterfall, County Kerry
Torc Waterfall is located between the towns of Killarney and Kenmare and is surrounded by beautiful scenic woodland. If you’re taking a road trip on the Ring of Kerry route, this hidden gem is definitely worth a stop along the way. Like most waterfalls, you’ll be met with breathtaking views after a heavy downpour. To the left of the waterfall are about 100 steps which you can climb to get a closer look and they will lead you to wonderful viewing points of Muckruss Lake and Killarney National Park. Just be sure to bring a rain jacket with you.
Dunluce Castle, County Antrim
Built in the 1500s, Dunluce Castle is one of Ireland’s oldest standing landmarks. The castle is tucked away on a Cliffside west of the Giant’s Causeway and there are many hidden historical secrets throughout the castle. It was seized by different family clans on many occasions over a 100 year period. This is a must see for any fans of the HBO series, Game of Thrones, as Dunluce Castle represents House of Greyjoy, ruler of the Iron Islands. The castle’s immediate surroundings give incredible views and visitors can explore the cobbled streets and stone merchant’s houses of Dunluce Town.
Jumping Wall of Kildemock, County Louth
Located in the town of Ardee, this mysterious church ruin has gone down in local folklore. The main gable wall is 15 feet wide, 19 feet high and 3 feet thick. The position of the wall is said to have jumped 3 feet from its foundation. The different accounts as to what actually happened to the wall are what make it so interesting. Some believe that a powerful storm on Candlemas Day in 1715 lifted the wall and placed it to its current position, while others believe that the church moved itself to avoid holding an excommunicated man buried inside its walls.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, County Antrim
This rope bridge is suspended at almost 100 feet above sea level and is immersed in Carrick-a-Rede’s stunning surroundings. It was first erected by salmon fishermen in 1755 and Carrick-a-Rede Island is home to a single building, a fisherman’s cottage. As you make your way across the bridge, you’ll be faced with incredible views and may even encounter some unique wildlife, such as guillemots, razorbills and fulmars. Although the bridge is safe to cross, it isn’t an activity for everyone. And if you dare to cross it, there’s only one way back.