Ireland hottest travel destination, visited since Victorian times. Rocky head lands face the Atlantic as well as colourful fishing villages sheltering in tiny bays. Prehistoric sites perched on dramatic landscapes maybe expected, but will still have you gasping in more way’s than one. Perhaps less expected, submarines, flying boats, Father Ted’s house and views of Luke Skywalker’s refuge should help make this challenge ever more memorable.


Poulnabrone DolmenIrelands most iconic Megalith from the Neolithic period.
Father Ted’s HouseMade famous from the sitcom Fr Ted. This house was located on the fictitious Craggy Island.
John P Holland CentreJohn P Holland, a native of Liscannor, was the inventor of the first commissioned submarine for the American navy.
Carron TurloughThe largest enclosed depression in Ireland.


Rock of CashelDating from the 4th or 5th century, this rocky stronghold was the seat of the Kings of Munster. Brian Boru was crowned High King there and he made it his capitol. Given to the church in 1101 it has a lot of medieval architecture from the 12th and 13th centuries.
Gortavoher Bullaun StonePre Christian folk custom. A cure or a curse depending on the rotation of the stone in the bowl of rainwater. In this particular example there are no stones.
Sean Kelly SquareOne of the most successful cyclists of the 1980s winning 193 professional races. The first cyclist to be ranked World No.1.
Glen of AherlowThe glen is a scenic climb and historically an important pass between Limerick and Tipperary. It was also a popular hideout for outlaws


Foynes Flying Boat StatueAfter Charles Lindbergh’s first transatlantic flight the idea of such commercial flights was realised, as the alternative was 8/9 days by boat. Foynes was setup as a flying boat port. Irish coffee was created in a restaurant there.
Grange Stone CircleThe stones layout and surrounding embankment suggests that the site was used for ritual purposes.
Drumcollogher Co-Op CreameryBuilt in 1898 trying to forward the co-operative movement in Ireland. Hand churned butter was losing out to the Danish factory produced butter in colour, salt content and packaging.
Medieval House, KilmallockKilmallock was an important Norman town in the middle ages for trade and commerce. The house is an example of a late medieval merchants house.


Transatlantic cable, Valentia IslandThe cable ran from Valentia to Newfoundland Canada. Messages were sent in Morse code and what previously took weeks, suddenly took minutes.
Ladies ViewRanked as one of the most photographed places in Ireland.
Priests LeapThis is a challenging climb and the road follows the Cork Kerry border with great views of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks
Slea HeadA scenic coastal route on the Wild Atlantic Way


Ballinspittle Moving StatuesIn 1985 statues at a road side grotto were claimed to be seen moving. This phenomena spread to other locations.
Henry Ford Monument, BallinascarthyHenry Ford was an industrialist who created mass production and assembly line techniques . The Ford factory in Cork was the first purpose built Ford factory outside America.
Beal na BlathDuring the civil war Michael Collins was ambushed and killed by Anti-Treaty forces.
Mizen HeadTraditionally regarded as the most southerly mainland point in Ireland. The Fastnet Rock is visible on a good day and Crookhaven harbour is a pretty boating harbour situated to the east.


Dromana GateAn unusual gate house built around the 1830s to mark the marriage of a popular local landlord
Mahon FallsAn 80m waterfall formed where the waters of the River Mahon plunge over sandstone cliffs on the southern slopes of the Comeragh Mountains. Walk from the car park to the base of the falls and admire views back towards the sea and the town of Dungarvan.
Reginald’s TowerBuilt by Anglo-Normans on the site of a Viking fort, Reginald’s Tower has been in continuous use for over 800 years.
Two Ogham Stones, KnockmahonUsed from the 4th century to the 9th century. Used in old Irish, old Welsh and Pictish among others.

Long-distance cycling in Ireland