7 magical Irish places to escape from stress

Ireland has resources to sell. We all imagine it as the green island where many successful musicians were born or where we can find one of the best and best known beers in the world (Guinness).
Ireland also means spectacular landscapes or famous cities such as Dublin, Galway, Belfast, Cork, just to name a few.

But Ireland is also quiet and relaxing places to get away from it all and forget about stress and little problems. What are these places?
Here are some of them:

1.Devenish Island

Photo by Chris Hill ©Tourism Ireland

County Fermanagh is teeming with rivers, lakes and lake islands. In Lough Erne is Devenish Island which is home to one of the most important monastic sites in Northern Ireland. Founded by San Molaise in the sixth century, it includes the ruins of the abbey, a circular tower and the walls of the oratory. The island can be reached by boat from Enniskillen: with a short trip you will find the tranquility and pristine beauty of an idyllic timeless place.

2. Rathlin Island

Photo by Joshua McMichael from Tourism Ireland

It is located off the Causeway Coastal Route and is the northernmost point in Northern Ireland. This remote island is dotted with intriguing shipwrecks and is also a haven for seabirds. In spring and summer, this island is populated by thousands of birds, including the very nice puffins that come here to lay their eggs. Ferry companies offer regular service to the island from Ballycastle.

3. Strangford Lough, Antrim

Photo by Brian Morrison from Tourism Northern Ireland

South of Belfast is one of the most beautiful places in Ireland. Surrounded by gentle hills, this area, recognized as an “Area of extraordinary natural beauty” is one of the richest in biodiversity in Europe with over 2,000 marine species spread over more than 150 km². Despite the presence of birds, badgers, seals and starlings, this is a place of incredible calm.

4.Garnish Island, Co.Cork

Ferry, Garnish Island, Seals, Glengarriff, Co. Cork

Tucked away in Glengariff harbor, the island is home to a series of ornamental gardens originally the work of former owner John Annan Bryce and Edwardian garden designer Howard Peto. Thanks to its sheltered position and almost subtropical climate, a rich variety of plants can still be seen today along with a colony of gray seals on the southern rocks.

5. Burren, Co, Clare

Photo by Brian Morrison ©Clare County Council

This vast limestone plateau with a lunar aspect extends to the ocean and is home to delicate alpine plants, orchids and vast expanses of grass. Under the surface of the lunar-like stone there is a rich underground world: the Ailwee Caves create a labyrinthine system with lakes, underground waterfalls and karst depths. They are also one of the few cave systems on the island that can be explored without special equipment.

6. Copper Coast, Co. Waterford

Photo by Luke Myers ©Fáilte Ireland/Tourism Ireland

Waterford’s Copper Coast European Geopark is a beautiful stretch of coastline. With an extension of 25 km from Tramore, a Victorian-era resort, this short stretch holds treasures such as spectacular cliffs, inlets, stacks and splendid views. It takes its name from the copper mines that once dotted the area.

7. Keem Strand, Achill Island, Co. Mayo

Photo by Kelvin Gilmor ©Failte Ireland

Achill island alone can boast five Blue Flag beaches and one of them is Keem Strand, cited among the best beaches in the world by Condé Nast. The beach is located in Keem Bay, a horse-shaped bay, surrounded by the cliffs of Benmore: along their top, you can take breathtaking walks of 1.5 km towards Achill Head, the westernmost tip of Achill Island.

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