HIDDEN GEMS in IRELAND: 35+ ways to discover Ireland Off Beaten Path

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Hidden Gems in Ireland - Off the Beaten Path Ireland
Hidden Gems in Ireland – Off the Beaten Path Ireland

Those planning a trip to Ireland often race to discover some of the Island most well known attractions such as the Cliffs of Moher or the Giants Causeway. And while, these locations are a must on any Ireland itinerary, there are so many wonderful hidden gems in Ireland that deserve the same love and attention. However, finding these secret spots prove to be a little bit of a challenge.

Lucky for you, I have come to the rescue. Hi, my name is Laura, a local Irish girl. And I have spent the past year and a half travelling around the Emerald Isle. So, I can show you 35+ ways to discover the top Ireland Off the beaten path locations.

Now, I must admit, some of these places I found due to some intense research. Let’s just say satellite view and the zoom feature on Google Maps is my best friend. And…well others…I came across by merely getting lost 😂

Anyways, enough chit chat, let’s take a look at some of my favourite Ireland Hidden Gems.

Caves of Kesh, County Sligo, Ireland
Caves of Kesh, County Sligo, Ireland

1. Caves of Kesh, County Sligo, Ireland

First on the list is none other than the wonderful Caves of Kesh in County Sligo.

I think the reason these caves remain less travelled to then the rest of Sligo’s attractions is due to their location.

They are located a lot further inland than the likes of Benbulbin, the Gleniff Horseshoe and Strandhill.

Making them the perfect place to visit if you are looking to avoid the crowds.

There are 13 caves in total, and they are quite noticeable from the roadside due to their unusual appearance.

The walk up to the caves isn’t overly difficult. And looks like it takes much longer than just 20 minutes.

However, I would advise wearing a good pair of walking shoes. Or, even hiking boots. Especially on a wet day as the trail and caves can be extremely muddy.

Once you arrive at the foot of the caves you will be presented with phenomenal views of County Sligo and beyond.

There is a small car park located in front of the walk. However, road signs lead you to a car park further away. Basically, when the sign says turn right, do everything in your power to ignore it and turn left instead 😂 Unless of course, the main car park is full.


Doolough Valley, County Mayo, Ireland
Doolough Valley, County Mayo, Ireland

2. Doolough Valley, County Mayo, Ireland

Mayo is a bit of a weird County. I can not wrap my head around why it is not mentioned more in Ireland guide books.

It is honestly one of my top 3 locations on the whole island. I keep switching between, Kerry, Mayo and Waterford. I just can’t decide.

Anyways, the next Ireland Hidden Gem on the list is the breathtakingly beautiful Doolough Valley.

This is one of the most scenic driving routes in the county. A long winding road that transports you through a magical valley.

I’m not going to lie, the first time I visited Doolough I was in awe. It’s just so beautiful.

Like many places in Ireland, Doolough Valley has a rich history. During the famine, hundreds of locals from a town called Louisburgh travelled by foot to Delphi Lodge. In hope to get some food.

However, at the time the Irish people were starved and most food was exported off the island. When they reached the Lodge they were denied. They had to make their way back across the valley in poor weather conditions which lead to many losing their life due to starvation, exhaustion and the cold. A memorial for this tragic event is still present in Doolough Valley to this day.


Ballysaggart Towers, County Waterford, Ireland
Ballysaggart Towers, County Waterford, Ireland

3. Ballysaggart Towers, County Waterford, Ireland

Ballysaggart Towers is one of those gems that I kind of just ended up visiting on a whim.

We ended up passing by the beautiful town of Lismore (Which I will discuss a little later in this post).

The towers are located just a 10-minute drive from the town. And, they are in fact, rather hidden. So, much so that google maps brings you to the wrong place.

There is a little pull in just before the Google Map ‘location’, you will see little steps heading towards the forest trail. Follow them.

The walk is quite easy and suitable for most fitness levels. It takes about 15 minutes to reach the first towers. And, they are not visible until this point. This makes them seem even more ‘hidden’.

This is a nice quiet place to explore, have a picnic and enjoy the scenery.


Wormhole, Inis Mór, County Galway, Ireland
Wormhole, Inis Mór, County Galway, Ireland

4. Wormhole, Inis Mór, County Galway, Ireland

Next on the list of Ireland secret places is the Wormhole located on Inis Mór Island in County Galway.

Now, I must admit, the Wormhole has grown in popularity in recent years due to the Red Bull Cliff Diving Championship held in 2014.

However, getting to the unique swimming spot is not the easiest.

First, you must board a boat from either, Doolin in County Clare or Rossaveal in County Galway.

The boat journey ranges from 40 minutes to an hour depending on your departure location and weather conditions.

Once you arrive on the island, it is time to rent a bike. This will cost you around €15. Make sure to bring cash as they do not accept cards.

The wormhole is located on the face of a cliff, therefore, it is not possible to bring your bike all of the way out. The walk takes about 25 minutes. It’s not the easiest place to find however, there are red markings on the rocks to point walkers in the right direction.

Once you arrive you can go for a swim in the big natural pool. Just be mindful of the waves as the Wild Atlantic can be unforgiving at times.


Three Castle Head, County Cork, Ireland
Three Castle Head, County Cork, Ireland

5. Three Castle Head, County Cork, Ireland

I LOVE visiting West Cork, due to there being so many wonderful places to explore.

I did not, however, come across Three Castle Head until my third visit there.

And honestly, I was blown away by the trails beauty. If you are looking to escape the crowds of nearby Mizen Head then I’d highly recommend checking this place out.

The walk is located on private property, however, the farmer has kindly granted access to the public.

There is a 3 euro donation box located at the car park to help with the upkeep of the area.

To take part in this walk you will need a moderate level of fitness. As it is quite uphill and uneven in places. I would also advise wearing hiking boots.

The Castle become visible about 40 minutes into the hike and takes around an hour to reach. Once you get to the castle you have the option to turn back around or continue on to the next peak.

The peak offers AMAZING views of Cork’s Coastline, including, Mizen Head, Lambs Head and Sheeps Head. If you are not too tired after the initial walk I’d highly recommend continuing onto this point.


Dursey Island, County Cork, Ireland
Dursey Island, County Cork, Ireland

6. Dursey Island, County Cork, Ireland

Also, located in west cork is Ireland’s only Cable Car which transports it’s passengers across to Dursey Island.

While the cable car is safe to ride it is a little daunting looking due to its old exterior.

The car dangles over the Wild Atlantic Way and takes around 15 minutes to reach the island. A return ticket will cost you €10.

Please be mindful that only 6 people can board the car at one time. Therefore, it is important to arrive early to avoid a long wait time.

Once you arrive on the island, it is possible to go for a hike up to the ‘summit’ to take in the exceptional views of Corks Coastline. There is no shops on Dursey Island so it is important to bring snacks for the journey.


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Crone Woods, County Wicklow, Ireland
Crone Woods, County Wicklow, Ireland

7. Crone Woods, County Wicklow, Ireland

Crone woods is one of the lesser-known walks in Wicklow.

It is home to a total of 3 walking routes, the Maulin Mountain Trail (which takes 2.5 hours to complete/6km), a section of the Wicklow Way (132 Km in total) and the Mountain Access Route (which takes 55 mins to complete/2.6km).

Most of those visiting Crone Woods walk to the first initial viewpoint which offers a beautiful perspective of Powerscourt Waterfall. The second highest waterfall in Ireland.

From that point, you can follow the yellow trail towards Glensoulan Valley.

This spot is a true hidden gem, tucked away between two mountains. It is a beautiful place to spend the day down by the river listening to the sounds of nature.

CHECK OUT MY CRONE WOODS YOUTUBE VIDEO

Parking at Crone Woods can be a little tricky. It’s a big car park but can fill up easily at peak times.


The Hungry Tree, County Dublin, Ireland
The Hungry Tree, County Dublin, Ireland

8. The Hungry Tree, County Dublin, Ireland

The Hungry Tree is one of the best Hidden Gems in Dublin.

It is quite a unique attraction, most of the secret spots in Dublin are man-made. But not this one.

Located on the Northside of the city in Kings Inn Park, lies a tree. But…not just any tree.

This particular tree must be rather hungry. And has, in fact, grown over an old park bench.

Please note that Kings Inn Park is only open on weekdays between 7.30am to 7.30pm.

This is definitely one to add to your Dublin itinerary!


Bromore Cliffs, County Kerry, Ireland
Bromore Cliffs, County Kerry, Ireland

9. Bromore Cliffs, County Kerry, Ireland

If you’re looking for somewhere beautiful to visit in Kerry with virtually no crowds then Bromore Cliffs are the place for you.

When I visited in the summer months I spend an hour exploring their beauty and did not come across a single person.

One important thing to note is that the hedge surrounding the cliffs is rather high. So, if you are a small human like me you will only be able to see the Cliffs from the viewpoints. Either way, they a still worth the visit.

The Cliffs are well layout with plenty of signposts telling you about the different features. Parking will cost you €5 and there are plenty of spaces.


The Copper Coast, County Waterford, Ireland
The Copper Coast, County Waterford, Ireland

10. The Copper Coast, County Waterford, Ireland

It remains a mystery to me why the Copper Coast in County Waterford does not share the same level of popularity as stops along the Wild Atlantic Way.

This coastal drive is breathtakingly beautiful. If you do decide to drive it, I guarantee you you will be stopping every 5 minutes to take pictures of the amazing scenery.

The Copper Coast is home to hidden coves like Kilfarrasy Beach. Which is one of my favourite swimming spots in Ireland.

And… call me crazy but I swear the water is warm there. Well, at least compared to Irish Standards.

Waterford is also known for getting some of the best weather in the country. So, it’s a win-win really. Don’t believe me? Check out my Waterford Youtube Video to see the exceptional weather we got on our most recent trip.


The Boyne Valley, County Meath, Ireland
Trim Castle, County Meath, Ireland

11. The Boyne Valley, Ireland

Tucked away in Ireland’s Ancient East lies The Boyne Valley. Located between two Counties, Meath and Louth.

Boyne Valley is often missed by tourists due to everyone flocking toward the Wild Atlantic Way.

However, there are so many gems to discover in this area. Including, Trim Castle the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. Newgrange, which is said to be older than the pyramids.

Newgrange, which is said to be older than the pyramids. And on the summer solstice each year the sun shines directly through the chamber. It is mind-blowing to think about how this was built all those years ago.

And Tayto Park, which is Ireland’s only theme park. Who’s…mascot is…a potato. You can’t get any more Irish than that 😂


Ducketts Grove, County Carlow, Ireland
Ducketts Grove, County Carlow, Ireland

12. Ducketts Grove, County Carlow, Ireland

Carlow is not a county you hear of people visiting while on vacation in Ireland.

However, when I decided to explore back in 2020, I came across this very interesting ruin, known as Ducketts Grove.

The ruin was burnt down in 1933, and I am not gonna lie it is a rather spooky place to walk around.

You can not enter the interior of the building for obvious reasons. However, there is a lovely garden on-site.

Parking is free and rather large so it can accommodate multiple cars at once.


St. Johns Point, County Donegal, Ireland
St. Johns Point, County Donegal, Ireland

13. St. Johns Point, County Donegal, Ireland

St. John Point is the perfect place to visit for those looking for some peace and quiet.

It is somewhere I could sit all day and watch the waves crash upon the rocks.

There isn’t a ton of things to do in the area but it sure is beautiful. And in my opinion worth the visit.

It is also home to the Eire 70 sign. There are over 80 Eire signs jotted around Ireland. These were created in WW2 to warn fighter pilots that they were flying over a neutral country.

It is my understanding that the Eire 70 sign had to be restored due to wear and tear over the years.


Portacloy Cliff Walk, County Mayo, Ireland
Portacloy Cliff Walk, County Mayo, Ireland

14. Portacloy Cliff Walk, County Mayo, Ireland

Portacloy in County Mayo is one of the lesser-known Cliffs in Ireland. Yet, that does not take away from the area’s beauty.

If anything, it makes them even more beautiful due to their unspoilt nature.

As you walk the trail you will come across breathtaking beaches, crystal clear waters and striking cliffside views. The walk is looped and lasts for 18km in total. If you were to complete the whole thing it would take around 4 hours. However, it is possible to turn back whenever it suits.

There is Free parking onsite and a beautiful swimming option at the end.


Baltimore Beacon, County Cork, Ireland
Baltimore Beacon, County Cork, Ireland

15. Baltimore Beacon, County Cork, Ireland

Words can not describe how beautiful the scenery is at Baltimore Beacon in County Cork.

This amazing West Cork Hidden Gem is tucked away behind the small coastal town of Baltimore.

The walk up to the beacon isn’t all too difficult, however, a pair of shoes with a strong grip is recommended.

There is no parking at the start of the trail as it is located along a narrow country road.

However, there is space for a few cars to park in a pull in but these are often full.

In this case, you can park your car in the town and walk. Which will take around 20 minutes.

From the Beacon, you will be presented with amazing views of Cork’s coastline and the crystal clear waters down below.


Mussenden Temple, County Derry
Mussenden Temple, County Derry

16. Mussenden Temple, County Derry

If you are planning on travelling along the Causeway Coast then I’d highly recommend visiting Mussenden Temple in County Derry.

This attraction is located a little further up the coast than most attractions but it is worth the detour.

It will take you about 1 hour to walk around the loop. Once you reach the temple you will be presented with amazing views of Downhill beach and the waves beneath.

There is paid parking on-site (£5), along with toilet facilities, a coffée shop and gardens.


Hook Head, County Wexford, Ireland
Hook Head, County Wexford, Ireland

17. Hook Head, County Wexford, Ireland

Hook Lighthouse in County Wexford is the oldest operational lighthouse in the world.

Built over 800 years ago, the stylish lighthouse sits on the side of a beautiful cliff walk.

It is possible to take a tour of the lighthouse and learn about medieval times and the life of a lighthouse keeper.

Tickets for the experience cost €10 per person.

It is free to park your car and walk along the coastal grounds surrounding the lighthouse.


Gurteen Bay, County Galway, Ireland
Gurteen Bay, County Galway, Ireland

18. Connemara Beaches, County Galway, Ireland

Interestingly enough, something you don’t see often in the Irish guidebooks is the beautiful beaches in Connemara.

Connemara is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland. They are surrounded by mountains, green fields and elegant scenery.

Before visiting, I never would have believed Ireland’s coast could have such clear waters.

Some of my favourite beaches include Dog’s Bay and Gurteen Bay.

Both of which have excellent parking facilities, and the ability to find a semi-private spot along the sand.


Eagles Rock, County Leitrim, Ireland
Eagles Rock, County Leitrim, Ireland

19. Eagles Rock, County Leitrim, Ireland

Eagles Rock in County Leitrim is one of the most striking mountains in Ireland.

It is like something you would expect to see in movies such as Star Wars.

Honestly, I’m not 100% sure how far you can hike up. When I visited I couldn’t quite figure out the correct route.

It is still, however, a nice place to view from the bottom of the hill.

Especially if you get a gloomy day like I did. I feel like the not so great weather added to the vibe of the mountain.


Keem Bay, Achill Island, Ireland
Keem Bay, Achill Island, Ireland

20. Keem Bay, Achill Island, Ireland

Keem Bay on Achill Island is starting to grow in popularity.

Especially since it was listed as the 11th best beach in the world back in 2019.

Keem is an amazing place to visit in the summer months as it is the starting point for those wishing to hike Croaghaun. The highest sea cliffs in Ireland.

Keem is also a beautiful spot to go for a snorkel. It is also common to see basking sharks swimming in the bay in the warmer months.

It is important to note that at peak times access to the bay can be closed off later in the day once it has reached capacity. There is free parking and toilet facilities on-site.


Magheracross, County Antrim
Magheracross, County Antrim

21. Magheracross, County Antrim

Next on our hidden gems in Ireland list is the new boardwalk along the Causeway Coast.

If you have plans to visit the famous Giants Causeway then I’d highly recommend stopping at Magheracross in County Antrim.

The new viewpoint allows visitors to walk along a circle platform to take in the epic views of Antrim’s Coastline.

It is the perfect place to admire the cliffside view and Dunluce Castle to the right.

Parking is FREE on-site and there are plenty of car spaces available.


Sheeps Head, County Cork, Ireland
Sheeps Head, County Cork, Ireland

22. Sheeps Head, County Cork, Ireland

If you are looking for something fun and different to do in West Cork then I highly recommend a trip to Sheeps Head.

The drive up to the trail is an experience in itself. There is no doubt that it is breathtakingly beautiful. It is, however, not for the faith hearted as it is incredibly narrow in places.

It is located on the southernmost stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way and offers insanely beautiful views throughout the walk.

I recommend taking the short lighthouse loop otherwise known as the blue loop. This trail begins at the Cupán Tae Car Park and takes about an hour and a half to complete.

A moderate level of fitness is needed as it can be steep in places. I also recommend hiking boots.


Stairway to Heaven, County Fermanagh, Ireland
Stairway to Heaven, County Fermanagh, Ireland

23. Stairway to Heaven, County Fermanagh

Cuilcagh Mountain in County Fermanagh went viral on the internet back in 2017. Which ultimately led to its nickname, Ireland’s Stairway to Heaven.

While this trail is becoming increasingly popular among local’s. It is not something you would typically find in tourist guide books.

Perhaps due to the location of the hike, if you want to visit you need to drive out of the way of most of the Island’s major attractions.

Nonetheless, it does make for a great day trip from Dublin or Belfast. If you find yourself with some extra time. I’d highly recommend giving it a go.

The walk starts off relatively flat, then about an hour in you reach the famous boardwalk. The boardwalk then begins to ascend into 450 steps, which is the reason for the trails nickname, the Stairway to Heaven.


The Vee, County Tipperary, Ireland
The Vee, County Tipperary, Ireland

24. The Vee, County Tipperary, Ireland

Tipperary is a little bit of a dark horse when it comes to Irish Travel.

The County is home to one of the most famous ruins in Ireland, the Rock of Cashel. But…no many venture further than that.

What if I told you that Tipperary is also home to one of the most beautiful drives in Ireland, The Vee.

Jump in the car and drive along the stunning forest route which eventually opens out to an epic view of the rolling green fields down below.

There are a few hiking/walking options along the Vee driving route. I recommend making your way towards Bay Lough. This is a beautiful trail that is highlighted in Rhododendron flowers every year between mid-May and mid-June. They have even started to organise a walking festival to celebrate the area’s beauty.

If you continue along the Vee road towards Waterford you will eventually end up at a small town called Lismore. Which just so happens to be the next Ireland Hidden Gem on our list.


Lismore Castle, County Waterford, Ireland
Lismore Castle, County Waterford, Ireland

25. Lismore Castle, County Waterford, Ireland

Lismore looks like a town that you would expect to see in a Disney Fairytale book.

As you approach the beautiful town you have to drive across a large bridge. It is truly a magical experience for anyone visiting for the first time.

Lismore Castle is an AMAZING site. So, elegant and picturesque.

The Castle is privately owned, you can however book tickets for a tour around the castle interior and gardens.

Lismore town holds a farmers market every Sunday between 10am and 4pm. It is also a lovely spot to sit down for a bite to eat after a long day of exploring.


Plassey's Shipwreck, County Galway, Ireland
Plassey’s Shipwreck, County Galway, Ireland

26. Plassey’s Shipwreck, County Galway, Ireland

If you are looking to discover a true hidden gem then consider making a way out to Inis Oirr, the smallest of the three Aran Islands.

There lies, Plassey Shipwreck, which sits on the coast of the island located in Galway Bay.

The shipwreck is iconic for being present in the opening credits of the popular Irish sitcom, Father Ted.

While the shipwreck is rather famous due to its television de vue. Not many know where it is located.

The ship was washed up on the shores of Inis Oirr during a Wild Atlantic storm in 1960.

You can combine your trip to Inis Oirr with a boat ride beneath the famous cliffs of Moher. If you are looking to find more about things to do on Inis Oirr check out my Youtube Video.


Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland
Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland

27. Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland

So, we have already disccused the beauty of Keem Bay on Achill Island.

However, it is important to note that the island itself is one of Ireland best kept secrets.

A sample of paradise of the coast of County Mayo. With Atlantic driving routes, mesmerising waters and epic hikes.

Achill is a beautiful spot to spend a few days soaking in the summer sun and enjoying the scenic views.

It is important to note that the Island ideal holiday reputation is starting grow. And there are not many accommodation options available. Therefore, it is important to book well in advance.


Lough Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland
Lough Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland

28. Lough Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland

Lough Bray is one of my favourite hikes in Wicklow.

The trail is not nearly as popular as others, like Glendalough or the Bray to Greystones. Yet, that does not take away from the trails beauty.

The hiking route is looped, that allows walkers to take in the beauty of both the upper and lower lake.

It does follow quite a narrow cliff edge, and it’s unmarked. So, I would only advise those with a high confidence level in hiking to attempt it.

It takes around 2 to 3 hours to complete and is often covered in snow in the winter months.

So, make sure to come prepared for the cold weather with my Ireland packing guide. There is free parking at the start of the trail, it is common for spaces to fill up in the summer months.


Slieve League, County Donegal, Ireland
Slieve League, County Donegal, Ireland

29. Slieve League, County Donegal, Ireland

I still can’t quite put my finger on it. In my opinion, Slieve League Cliffs in Donegal should carry the same level of popularity as the Cliffs of Moher. If not more.

Yet, they still remain rather under the radar when it comes to Irish Toursim.

These magnificant cliffs are sure to take your breath away. They are 601 metres in total. Which makes them 3 times higher than Moher.

If you are looking to go on a scenic cliffside hike then this is the place for you.

The walk takes around 3/4 hours to complete depending on your fitness level. You can of course turn back at anytime you like.

I’d only recommend taking part in this trail if you have a moderate to high level of fitness. It is however, possible to walk to the main viewing point for most fitness levels.

Parking costs €5 euro and the lot is located a 30 minutes walk away from the initial view point. They do sometime allow car to drive right up depending on weather and crowd levels.


Loop Lighthouse, County Clare, Ireland
Loop Lighthouse, County Clare, Ireland

30. Loop Lighthouse, County Clare, Ireland

If you are looking to visit some of the Star Wars ‘The Last Jedi’ filming locations then consider taking a trip out to Loop Lighthouse in Clare.

This stunning coastal trail is a beautiuful spot to watch the waves crash.

There is free parking on site with plenty of car spaces avaible.

The Loop Head drive is also a less known thing to do in Clare. It features stops such as Kilkee Cliffs and the bridges of Ross.

These attractions are often over shadowed by famous spot in Clare like Moher and the Burren National Park.


Bertra Beach, County Mayo, Ireland
Bertra Beach, County Mayo, Ireland

31. County Mayo

So, I previously mentioned in this post that County Mayo does not get the level of love and attention that it deserves.

And as far as hidden places in Ireland goes, Mayo wins the cake. The land of unspoiled beaches, unbeilable sunsets and epic valley’s.

Here are a few other gems in Mayo worth mentioning:

  1. Down Patrick Head
  2. Ballycroy National Park
  3. Bertra Beach
  4. Sliver Strand
  5. The Lost Valley

Cahir Castle, County Tipperary, Ireland
Cahir Castle, County Tipperary, Ireland

32. Cahir Castle, County Tipperary, Ireland

If you are looking to visit some more fairytale destinations in Ireland. Then look no further than Cahir Castle in County Tipperary.

A walk around the grounds is truly magical. The park extends to join with the Swiss Cottage which is another Off the beaten track place in Ireland.

This is the perfect place to go for a picnic, a relax and a chat with friends.

You could combine your visit with a trip to the Rock of Cashel, the Vee, Lismore Castle and Ballysaggart Towers.

Here is an example route on Google Maps.


Cruagh Woods, County Dublin, Ireland
Cruagh Woods, County Dublin, Ireland

33. Cruagh Woods, County Dublin, Ireland

One of my favourite walks in Dublin just happens to be one of the lesser known trails. And that is the beautiful Cruagh Woods, located in the Dublin Mountains.

This trail sits near the famous Hellfire Club which overlooks Dublin and is said to have a little bit of a spooky past.

Cruagh Woods is a beautiful hiking spot which is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

I recommend taking the white route through the trees. This trail starts as a paved path which leads to a boardwalk.

Follow the boardwalk on through the forrest until you reach the summit of the woods. From there you will be presented with an epic view of Dublin.

There is free parking on-site. However, gate closing times vary depending on the time of year you visit.


Devils Chimney, County Sligo, Ireland
Devils Chimney, County Sligo, Ireland

34. Devils Chimney, County Sligo, Ireland

Devils Chimney holds a popular title in Ireland. It is technically, the highest waterfall in the country.

Yet, the falls still don’t see nearly are much visitors as the likes of Powerscourt in Wicklow, or Torc Waterfall in Kerry.

Parking at the start of the Waterfall walk is rather limited. There is only space for 4 or 5 cars if parked neatly.

The trail to the initial viewpoint isn’t overly difficult. It takes about 20 minutes to reach. However, if you wish to take a closer look you will need to climb up upon a rocky terrain. This can be slippy at times. Particularly in the winter months.

If you plan to take this route I’d advise wearing hiking boots.


Clahane Viewpoint, County Clare, Ireland
Clahane Viewpoint, County Clare, Ireland

35. Clahane Viewpoint, County Clare, Ireland

The caves at Clahane Viewpoint is something I kinda just stumbled upon while driving the coastal road through County Clare.

We stopped to admire the view when we noticed the caves off to the left.

We decided to walk on down along the rocky beach to get a closer look.

That’s when we realised, it was possible to walk inside the caves. They go pretty far back and are super fun to explore.

I’m not entirely sure if it is possible to access the cave in high tide as there is little mention of them online.

But… we where inside them for a good hour and there was still plenty of dry land to walk back on. The rocks also didn’t appear all too slippy. You can check out our adventure through County Clare over on my Youtube Channel.


Coumshingaun, County Waterford, Ireland
Coumshingaun, County Waterford, Ireland

36. Coumshingaun, County Waterford, Ireland

The final spot on our Hidden Gems in Ireland list is the AMAZING Coumshingaun Lake in County Waterford.

The scenery surrounding this lake is out of this world.

I’m not gonna lie, the hike is HARD. And I didn’t even finish it because we ran out of water and it was an unusually hot day.

But even a walk to the foot of the lake is worth it because I promise the views do not disappoint.

They are Epic. Don’t believe me? Check out my Youtube Video for a better look.


37. Atlantic Drive, Achill Island, Mayo

Ireland is known for having one of the most scenic coastal driving routes in the world, the Wild Atlantic Way.

However, many of those who drive this route tend to skip over possibly one of the most beautiful spots in the Country, Achill Island.

And although it may sound like Achill is a difficult place to visit due to it being an island. Access is actually quite easy thanks to a bridge that attaches the island to the mainland.

One of Ireland’s best-kept secrets is in fact, the Atlantic Drive which is a 12km route that circles Achill’s dramatic landscape.


38. Mullaghmore Looped Drive

Another gem located on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic is none other than the Mullaghmore Looped Drive in County Sligo.

This route again offers dramatic views of Ireland’s coastline and features quite a unique perspective of Ireland’s tabletop mountain, Benbulbin.

The drive is also home to a spectacular view of Classiebawn Castle.

If you do decide to visit Mullaghmore, I highly reccomend going at sunset. I promise you will be in for a treat.

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