When we think of Ireland, we may envision the great green hills of the countryside, wind gusts atop the Cliffs of Moher or the Blarney Stone tucked securely in the gray walls of its towering castle.
Just like its legends and lore, the Emerald Isle has many interesting stops full of adventure, magic and romance—after all, the land and its people are the lifeblood of these centuries-long stories!
We certainly recommend a visit to all the iconic landmarks like Giant’s Causeway, Connemara, the Ring of Kerry, Blarney Castle…they are popular and must-sees for a reason, and if you’ve ever stood in the midst of any of these places, you know why (and even if you’ve seen them several times, it never gets old!).
But maybe you’re a second-time traveler to the country, or maybe you’d like to add a few stops off the beaten path. Either way, we have a few ideas—check out five of Ireland’s hidden gems below. You might need your hiking boots!