6 Outstanding Counties in Ireland

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4. County Cork

County Cork is Ireland’s largest county and another well-known destination pertinent to tourism. Lively and unique, it is Ireland’s second biggest city filled with distinct people who bestow the city its colourful character. In 650, a monastery was built on land that was eventually developed into Cork city over time. Flourishing along the River Lee banks where the water splits into two separate channels, Cork is an island connected to the mainland by 16 bridges. Unspoiled Sheepshead Peninsula is an inspiring place for cycling and walking along the very accessible and almost 90-kilometer trail winding along roads and old tracks and spotted with cliffs, rugged hills, and beautiful coastlines. Beautiful Inchydoney Beach, Fota Wildlife Park, the Healy Pass scenic drive, and Fort Camden are part of Cork’s attractive landscape and historic landmarks, and cultural treasures. Blarney Castle and Gardens, nearby Kinsale (the gourmet capital of Cork), are more esteemed county attractions.

County Cork

3. County Donegal

County Donegal is laden with nature’s bounty, evident across white sand beaches, pristine water, tranquil boglands, and the nature reserve of Glenveagh National Park where woodlands, lakes, and mountain scenery paint the landscape beautiful. Glenveagh Castle is at the heart of it all, surrounded by natural attractions and lovely in its Victorian architectural style. Climbing, surfing, diving, and back country walks are ideal activities for Donegal’s rugged and rough terrain.  Get into the thick of authentic language in the Irish-speaking district of Donegal Gaeltacht; walk lengthy dune systems overlooking the Atlantic; or take a spectacular drive to Horn Head Loop northwest off Donegal’s main road. It’s an almost cliff-hanging adventure following a short but a magnificent route with twists and turns and sweeping views of the Atlantic below. If that’s too nerve-wracking opt for peaceful walks at Lough Eske or meet in the middle and hike the Glenevin Waterfall trail.

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