Ireland’s most populous province and home to its capital. With 12 counties and therefore 48 land marks to visit, this is going to take some leg work. Sporting the warmest climate it shouldn’t be all hardship though as you discover the mountains of the ‘Garden of Ireland’, monuments of super cyclists, homes to witches along with musical walls and echoing gates.
Boyne Viaduct Built in 1853, considered a wonder of its time. Designed by the Irish civil engineer Sir John Benjamin Macneill using new mathematical stress analysis developed just a few years before. The Long Womans Grave So disgusted after being presented with her husbands meagre land, the story goes that Lorcan’s bride, Cauthleen died of a shock. Also known as the ‘Hiding place of Ireland’, the windy gap is a nice climb with great views of Carlingford Lough. High Cross, Monasterboise Apparently Ireland’s tallest cross, standing at over 6 metres tall. It depicts the Old Testament figures of Adam & Eve, David & Goliath, Moses, Samson and Elijah along with graphic scenes from the Baptism and the Crucifixion. The Magic road Created by the surrounding land, the optical illusion makes you feel like you are freewheeling up hill. Meath
Boyne Aquaduct Constructed approximately 200 years ago, the aquaduct and nearby viaduct carrying the railway over the Boyne river are considered architectural masterpieces. Gaeltacht Colony, Rathcairn In 1935 the land commision relocated some families from Connemara. The plan was to put people on better land and reduce the decline of spoken Irish. Echo Gate, Trim Echo Gate is a normal gate into a field. Shouting between the two gate posts causes an echo Cadavre Stones, Stamullen The stones represented the fragility of life and the equality of death. Dublin
Hill of Howth The Clontarf Road to Howth village and the hill of Howth is very popular with cyclists and commuters Stephen Roche Monument Winner of the triple crown of cycling. Eddy Mercyx was the only other person to achieve this. The Balbriggan Flyer Harry Reynolds became the first Irish man to win the cycling world championship in 1896 The Phoenix Park The main Avenue is lit by gas lamps at night. Bicycle polo started in Ireland in 1891 has its own grounds here. Also a very popular venue for bicycle road racing on a Tuesday night. Wicklow
Shay Elliot Monument From Rathfarnham, he was the first English speaker to win stages in all the Grand Tours Military Road, Lugalla The road was built after the 1798 rebellion by the British army to persue rebels. Big blanket bogs with spectacular views. Glendalough A glaciated valley best seen from the Wicklow Gap road Wicklow Head Lighthouse Completed in 1871 and powered by 20 tallow candles. Kildare
Moone Cross Parts of this cross were found buried in 1835 and the rest in 1893. A lot of religious artifacts were possibly buried around the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536 (Henry VIII) or Oliver Cromwell 1649. Dan Donnelly’s Hollow, The Curragh Located on the Curragh (some of the oldest grasslands in Europe), Dan Donnelly’s hollow celebrates the first Irish born heavyweight boxing champion Castletown House Built after the 1740 famine as a famine relief scheme to give local employment and grain storage against another famine. The 1740-1741 famine killed 13% of the population. Castledermot Hogback A burial marker of Viking origin, even though none have been found in in Scandinavia. Others have been discovered in North Yorkshire and Scotland. Carlow
Duckett’s Grove Once a 1200 acre estate, it was eventually taken over by the Land Commission. The dispossessed daughter received only one shilling. Mount Leinster This is a very popular climb with great views along the Carlow/Wexford border. Brownshill Dolmen Construction is estimated at between 4,900 and 5,500 years ago. The cap stone weighs over 100 tonnes. Borris Viaduct Regarded as one of the better examples of 1800’s engineering in Ireland. The Viaduct rises to 60ft high and spans the Borris and Mountain River Valley. Wexford
North Slob 2,500 acres of reclaimed land is the winter home of ~1200 Greenland White Fronted geese. Also where in 1952, managing directory of Guinness, Sir Hugh Beaver, had the idea for the Guinness Book of Records. Hook Head An 800 year old Norman light house tower originally operated by monks. The Penfold Hexagonal post box The Penfold Hexagonal post box in New Ross was an early ornate design for a pillar box . There are not many of these left. New Ross is one of the oldest towns in the county. Carnsore Point A proposed site for a nuclear power station, dropped after widespread opposition. Longford
Motte & Bailey An Anglo Norman fortification in the town of Grannard. A man made earthen mound. Corlea Trackway The Corlea trackway was built in 150 BC and claims to be the longest of it’s kind in Europe Richmond Harbour Richmond harbour is a large restored canal harbour with old flax and corn mills nearby. Ardagh Estate A Tudor Gothic village inspired by a village in Switzerland. Ardagh house, (now a rural science colllege) was the former home of the Featherston family. The Featherston’s were local landlords and responsible for building the present village in circa 1863. Westmeath
Hill of Uisneach The Hill of Uisneach is close to the geographical center of Ireland. There are a large selection of monuments from different periods around this area. Kilbeggan distillery The whisky distillery also has a visitor centre where you can learn more about its history and sample it’s production which restarted in 2007 Musical Wall Run a stone across the top of the wall to produce a fun, musical sound Sean na Gig, Ballycloughduff The male version of a Sheela na Gig, Sean na Gigs are very rare in Ireland. Offaly
Martello tower, Banagher Martello towers were built against the threat of French invasion. By the time this tower was finished Napolean had been defeated. Lough Boora Old worked peatlands that had mostly been left undisturbed naturally rewilded itself. Bord na Mona assisted this and built access trails across the old boglands. A success story for many plants and ground nesting birds. The first Road Traffic Accident, Birr Mary ward was the first person in the world to be killed by a vechicle in 1869. The King Oak Tree One of the older trees in Ireland located in the grounds of Charleville castle. The tree is a Pedunculate Oak and estimated to be around 400 to 800 years old. Laois
The Rock of Dunamase The ruins are an Anglo-Norman fortification with panoramic views. Virtually destroyed by Cromwell’s forces in 1651 Glendine Gap A nice climb with great views. Counties Laois and Offaly border at the summit Abbeyleix The old town was relocated because of flooding. Durrow The Durrow pearl mussel is not found anywhere else in the world and can live to be a hundred years old. Kilkenny
Jerpoint Abbey Jerpoint Abbey is a 12th century Cistercian abbey. A good example of the transition from Romanesque to Gothic architecture. Kytelers Inn Alice Kyteler the original owner of Kytelers Inn was accused of witchcraft after having 4 husbands who died and left her very wealthy. Callan ancient burial ground The graveyard was originally set up for paupers. In the times of the famine an unknown amount of people were buried there, Harristown Dolmen A very large portal tomb known locally as ‘Leac an Scail’, which means ‘stone of the warrior’. It may also be called ‘Kilmogue’ Dolmen. It is hidden behind bushes at the end of a lane.