Uncover The Emerald Isle: Off-The-Beaten-Path Ireland In Summer

 Summertime in Ireland is beautiful but can get crowded at the most popular spots. Tired of the typical tourist traps? Fear not, intrepid traveler! Let us be your guide to the hidden wonders of Ireland, where breathtaking scenery and authentic experiences await beyond the bustling crowds.

The Wild Northwest

Donegal and Sligo counties boast some of the most dramatic coastal landscapes in Ireland. Explore the remote beaches of the Inishowen Peninsula, hike the rugged Slieve League cliffs, and disappear into the haunting beauty of Glenveagh National Park.

This vast wilderness area of Glenveagh encompasses mountains, lakes, and the enchanting Glenveagh Castle. Walk woodland trails, spot majestic red deer, or take a guided tour of the castle's romantic history and opulent interiors.

off the Beaten Path Ireland Sligo

Courtesy Tim H Murphy Photography

The Geologically Rich Copper Coast

Discover the natural wonders of the Waterford Copper Coast Geopark. This stretch of coastline boasts dramatic cliffs, hidden coves, and remnants of its copper mining history. Explore quaint fishing villages and immerse yourself in the region's fascinating geological story.

Along the geologically diverse Copper Coast, discover the natural wonders of the Waterford Copper Coast Geopark. This stretch of coastline boasts dramatic cliffs, hidden coves, and remnants of its copper mining history. Explore the Copper Coast Visitor Centre in Bunmahon to delve into the region's geological story. Hike trails with breathtaking viewpoints, discover sea caves and hidden beaches for a swim. Visit the ruins of the Tankardstown engine houses, remnants of the area's mining past, and stop in quaint fishing villages like Stradbally for a taste of local life.

off the Beaten Path Ireland Copper Coast

Courtesy Luke Myers

West Cork Charm

Ditch the Ring of Kerry crowds and find your own paradise on the Beara Peninsula. Winding coastal drives, charming villages, and stunning views of Bantry Bay will make you fall in love with this unspoiled corner of Ireland.

Venture further south to Mizen Head, Ireland's most southwesterly point. Brave the footbridge to the old signal station, perched precariously on the cliffs for stunning Atlantic Ocean views and a glimpse into the lives of hardy lighthouse keepers.

off the Beaten Path Ireland Mizen Head

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Wicklow's Ancient Mysteries

Venture into the "Garden of Ireland" for a taste of rural life and rich history. Explore the monastic ruins of Glendalough, wander through Powerscourt Gardens, and immerse yourself in the natural splendor of the Wicklow Mountains.

Discover a landscape of rolling hills, sweeping valleys, and hidden waterfalls. Choose from well-marked trails for all abilities, taking you past ancient megalithic tombs and scenic Loughs. The Wicklow Mountains offer a beautiful escape into the heart of Ireland.

off the Beaten Path Ireland Wicklow

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Hidden Midlands

Often overlooked, Ireland's heartland has surprising delights. Follow quiet country lanes to historic castles, cycle the peaceful Royal Canal towpaths, and experience the warmth of a traditional Irish pub session in a cozy village.

Birr Castle, an historic estate in County Offaly boasts stunning gardens designed over centuries, featuring rare trees, rivers, and a lake. But what makes it truly unique is the Science Centre, home to the Great Telescope of Birr, once the largest in the world! 

Located in County Offaly, Lough Boora Discovery Park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Reclaimed from industrial peatlands, it now offers a unique landscape of lakes, wetlands, and sculptures created from industrial machinery. Explore by bike, on foot, or take the fairy trail for a touch of magic. 

off the Beaten Path Ireland Birr Castle

Courtesy Failte Ireland

Tips for the Savvy Traveler

  • Shoulder Seasons: For fewer crowds and pleasant weather, consider visiting in May/June or September.
  • Book Smart: Secure accommodations in smaller towns and villages well ahead of time.
  • Go Local: Seek out lesser-known experiences – ask for tips on the best walks, hidden beaches, or authentic cultural events from your hosts or B&B owners.

Get ready for an authentic Irish journey with fewer crowds and more unforgettable moments! 

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