Ireland is one of a kind, really. There are so many hot-spots throughout the country that are so well known & then there is a magnitude of hidden gems in Ireland that almost no one knows about. It’s gems like these that surprise visitors who come to the island & equip them then, with stories to tell back home.
Yes, we have some fantastic places, attractions, eateries & natural wonders throughout Ireland but it is the little things ‘off the beaten track’ that gives Ireland it’s heartbeat. All our tours here at Ireland Walk Hike Bike are ‘off the beaten track’, so it’s about time we share a few of Ireland’s lesser-known hidden gems we have discovered along the way.
A feast for the senses. The Dingle Peninsula is one you have to experience & one of the most spectacular locations in Ireland. Surfing takes place here all year round & inch is the perfect location for a walk, run or swim or simply an outdoor adventure. Galloping horses can sometimes be spotted amongst the majestic strand. A hotspot for many film recordings & music videos with views of waves crashing against the cliffs & with a cute little café & bar nestled upon its edge; this beach is definitely a place to tick off your list & is one of the most understated hidden gems within Ireland.
Kinsale, or ‘Ireland’s Riviera’ as it is sometimes known, is a lesser shouted about location in Ireland, yet one of the most picturesque, popular & historic towns in Ireland. What once was a medieval fishing port, is now famous for its colorful streets, quirky shops, yacht-filled harbour, food tours & experiences & to top it all off, being named the ‘Gourmet Capital of Ireland’. A real ‘home away from home’, with excitement & beauty around every corner.
Dingle in itself is one of Ireland’s proudest gems. A place that has been undisturbed by the world & one that has held on tightly to its character, authenticity & edge. Nestled within its quirky, colorful streets is Murphy’s ice cream parlour. Enjoy their traditional brown bread & Atlantic sea salt ice cream as you look onto the Atlantic ocean; one of Ireland’s most humble hidden sensory gems.
See the sparkling universe come to life right before your eyes at the Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve. The location of this hidden gem has no light pollution, letting you gaze at the Milky Way in complete awe & with undisturbed attention. On clear nights, amazing astronomical sights can be seen through the naked eye, similar to that in the Grand Canyon or the desert plains of Africa. The perfect hidden gem in Ireland for stargazing, moongazing, planet spotting or simply experiencing the wonder of the universe. A true hidden gem in Ireland, especially for families, couples, groups & more. Something to tick off the bucket list.
Heart Shaped Lake; Lough Ouler, Wicklow
This heart-shaped lake is certainly one of a kind. Situated at the side of Tonelagee mountain in the middle of the Wicklow hills, the view of this pretty heart shape lake will definitely take your breath away. Known to some but not many; this little wonder is certainly one of Ireland’s best hidden gems.
Exploring Ireland ‘off the beaten track’ is what we do best and many of our tours take you to the regions listed above. Even if they don’t, that’s why we invented our amazing custom tour planner in early 2019. Click here to design your trip today! If you’ve been on a walking or cycling holiday before and are confident exploring without a guide, have a browse of our self-guided holidays here. For inquiries on any of our tours, feel free to drop us an email: [email protected]!