Ireland has become a popular travel destination since the turn of the century. In 2019, this small nation with a population of just 4.9 million, welcomed over 11.3 million tourists through its borders. The Guinness Store House, The Cliffs Of Moher and The Blarney Castle are famed throughout the globe for their historical values or jaw-dropping scenery.
But due to a twist in travel trends and an upwards rise in sustainable travel, many tourists are seeking out hidden gems and are aiming to get off the beaten track. Because of this, Ireland is emerging with new important attractions for 2022, and we handpicked them right here.
10. Mitchelstown Caves (Tipperary)
Situated near the Cork/Tipperary border, The Mitchelstown Caves are a sight to behold. Most locals are unaware of this hidden treasure, and you certainly won’t come across it in any guidebook.
9. Hook Head (Wexford)
Located along Ireland’s Ancient East, Hook Head is home to sweeping hills, sheer cliffs and the worlds second oldest operating lighthouse. Hook lighthouse was opened in 1172.
8. Killeney Forest (Dublin)
Dublin suffers drastically from urban sprawl. But just a 30-minute drive from the city centre is Killeney Park. Here you can find everything immediately associated with Ireland, such as craggy coastlines, lush green landscape and the smell of the fresh sea breeze.
7. Lonehort Battery (Cork)
Not too many people know how much Ireland played a part during world wars, but visiting this piece of evidence left behind from such tragic times will educate and fascinate everyone of the Irish histories.
6. Waterford City (Waterford)
Located in Irelands ‘Sunny South East’, Waterford is the nations oldest and smallest city. Its vibrant streets and its high concentration of museums make it the perfect place to get off the beaten path and experience Irelands history and culture.
5. Caves of Kesh (Sligo)
The caves of Kesh are a series of limestone caves that consist of 13 chambers. Legend has it that Cormac Mac Art, a famous King of Ireland, was born and raised in the caves by a she-wolf.
4. Mizen Head (Cork)
Mizen Head is Irelands most southerly point. Here you can enjoy a mesmerizing hike along the rugged coastline, cross the famous Mizen Head Bridge and take in the jaw-dropping scenery.
3. The Guinness Lake (Wicklow)
An oasis for photographers and a paradise for nature lovers. Its official name is Lough Tay, but the shape of the lake with the white sand at the top makes it look like a pint of Guinness.
2. Gougane Barra Forest Park (Cork)
This park has a real sense of identity with the likes of its towering pine trees, the jagged terrain, the glistening lake, but no more so than its charming little chapel. Gougane Barra is a land of adventure wrapped up in stunning nature.
1. Mc Dermots Castle (Rosscommon)
You will be forgiven if you think this is a Disney Castle on the set of Game of Thrones. As painstakingly beautiful as this may be, it cannot compare to the sense of adventure it brings to those of all ages.
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