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- Sheep’s Head, also known as Muntervary, is the headland at the end of the Sheep’s Head peninsula situated between Bantry Bay and Dunmanus Bay in County Cork. The peninsula is popular with walkers, and the Sheep’s Head Way is an 88 km long-distance trail which follows old tracks and roads around the peninsula from Bantry to the headland and back. The trail is divided into eight stages, each representing a half-day’s walking, and is very accessible, well signposted and combines low and rugged hills with coastline and cliffs.
- Garinish Island (island of Ilnacullin) extends to 15 hectares (37 acres) and is renowned for its gardens which flourish in the mild humid micro-climate of Glengarriff harbour assisted by a mainly pine shelter belt. Structures within the garden include a clock tower, a Grecian temple, a Martello Tower, and an Italian casita.
- Inishbofin Island lies seven miles off Galway’s coast and is approximately 5.7km by 4km. If you want to see the spectacular Atlantic scenery then one of the official looped walks of varying difficulties would be the best way. The island has some safe sandy beaches with clear water for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Inishbofin is a special area of conservation and a special area of protection and a breeding area for many species of birds.
- Carrauntoohil is the highest peak in Ireland at 1,038 metres (3,406 feet) high and is the central peak of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks range. The mountain has a number of climbing routes and no special equipment is needed for the climb, but as always caution is advised.
- Inishkeel is a small island around 250 m from the coast of County Donegal in Gweebarra Bay. At low tide a sandy tidal bank connects the island with the mainland. During the 6th century A.D. a small community of monks settled on the island and today remains of the church and the connected buildings as well as some carved stones can be seen on the island.
- Ards forest park is situated on the small Ards Peninsula, on the shores of Sheephaven Bay on the northern coastline of County Donegal. Ards Forest Park has many features of historical and archaeological interest, the remains of four ringforts and a number of megalithic tombs are to be seen in the park. Ards Forest Park has signposted forest walks, these include the Ards Heritage Trail, which is around 3.5 km long, the Nature Trail and the Green Trail, which are both approximately 3 km long, and the Red Trail, which is 13 km long, though this walk does give provisions for a shortcut back to the starting point should it be needed. There are various viewing points on the walks and trails with views of the surrounding countryside.
- Skellig Michael, also called Great Skellig, is the larger of the two Skellig Islands, located 11.6 kilometres (7.2 mi) west of the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. A Gaelic Christian monastery was founded on the island at some point between the 6th and 8th century and remained continuously occupied until it was abandoned in the late 12th century. The remains of the monastery, and most of the island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Boat operators run trips to Skellig Michael during the summer season (May to October), weather permitting. There are dive sites immediately around the rock.
- The Saltee Islands are a pair of privately owned islands small islands sitting 5km off the southern coast of Wexford. The two islands are Great Saltee (89 hectares) and Little Saltee (37 hectares) and are a Special Area of Conservation. The islands are a breeding ground for Fulmar, Gannet, Shag, Kittiwake, Guillemot, Razorbill, Puffin and Grey Seal. An area surrounding both islands and extending approximately 500m off shore was granted the status of a Special Protection Area to protect the bird habitat. Day visitors are allowed on the Great Saltee between 11:30 and 16:30 only, with arranged trips from the closest fishing village on the mainland at Kilmore Quay.
- Sherkin Island is 3 miles (4.8 kilometres) long by 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) wide. The island includes 3 beaches, Silver Strand (Green Coast Award), Cow Strand and Trabawn. You also have a Franciscan friary and Sherkin also has camp facilities. Please be aware that it is expected you take away everything you came with as there is no rubbish collection points.