Ireland is a lush green land of myth, legend and history. It is the vibrant home to an ancient people with scenery ranging from medieval castles to prehistoric landmarks. Here are some of the most beautiful places in the Emerald Isle that you’d love to call home:
- Glengariff, County Cork
A hotspot for tourists, Glengariff boasts some seriously amazing views and scenery. The town itself is hugged by rough mountains and if you can make it to Lady Bantry’s Lookout, you’ll be rewarded with the most incredible views. It’s a vibrant town with plenty of galleries, shops and places to eat.
- Valentia, County Kerry
Valentia Island can be found in the south west of the country on the Iveragh Peninsula. There is a bridge connecting the island to the mainland as well as a car ferry. Things get a bit prehistoric here as this is the place that fossil footprints were discovered in 1993. The fossils are 385 million years old! In Valentia, you’ll also discover Glanleam House and its stunning sub-tropical gardens.
- Carlingford, County Louth
This fascinating town is proud of its Viking heritage and there are many remnants of the medieval period to see here, for example the town gate, which is one of the only remaining medieval gates in the whole country. The surrounding countryside offers beautiful views and Carlingford is also known for its seafood. Enjoy fresh ‘catch of the day’ oysters and crab at the harbour restaurants.
- Westport, County Mayo
A visit to Westport will show you one of the few towns that were actually planned. The centre was designed in 1780 by a famous architect in a Georgian style. The design incorporates the river beautifully and you’ll discover tree lined avenues and an attractive layout. There are charming bridges over the river and you’ll find the famous mountain ‘The Reek’ nearby.
- Dalkey, County Dublin
This is one of the more affluent places to settle and holds an annual Book Festival to celebrate the area’s creative writers. It is ideally located on the coast and so also enjoys great seafood. Many famous people have had homes here including Maeve Binchy, Van Morrison and the lead singer of U2 still has a home here. For help with managing your property, visit Property Management in Dublin
- Enniskerry, County Wicklow
The biggest attraction here is the Powerscourt Estate with its 47 acres of gardens. The house and gardens were restored during the 1990s to bring back their former beauty. The Powerscourt Waterfall is also situated on the estate and at 121 metres, is the highest in Ireland.
- Lismore, County Waterford
Located right at the bottom of the wonderfully named Knockmealdown Mountains, Lismore offers an 800-year-old castle as part of its charm. This medieval castle glares down over the town from a steep hill but if you fancy a climb then you’ll be rewarded with amazing views of the Blackwater Valley. Some very important artefacts were from Lismore Castle and can now be viewed in the National Museum of Ireland.
- Killarney, County Kerry
This is one of Ireland’s most popular visitor destinations. There is a National Park here, a great shopping outlet and tons of festivals and events every year. In the past, it has also been voted as the best kept town in Ireland and the cleanest.