Ireland. Other points of interest9 Dec 2013

Ireland. Other points of interest

Just as we did with Dublin, in this post we’ll list some Irish points of interest that we couldn’t visit due to lack of time, like these ones: Skellig Michael Island, with a monastery in the cliff, Corlea Trackway from Iron Age or Hill of Tara, site of the kings of Ireland. We also couldn’t visit Croagh Patrick, the sacred mountain of Ireland.

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Dublin, other points of interest9 Dec 2013

Dublin, other points of interest

Until this point, the places we have talked about are the places that we visited in our journey to Ireland. However we want to dedicate one or two posts to some other points of interest that we couldn’t visit due to lack of time. We’ll begin in Dublin, telling some information about these sites.

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Stage 15. Dublin surroundings9 Dec 2013

Stage 15. Dublin surroundings

At the final stretch of our journey to Ireland, we decided to spend the morning before taking our plane back home visiting a pair of places on the outskirts of Dublin, and spending the afternoon walking in the city. We tried to visit Malahide Castle and its gardens and Howth Peninsula and Cliffs, but the public works and the weather prevented us to go there. In the afternoon we were walking near Dublin Castle and

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Stage 14. Athlone – Dublin9 Dec 2013

Stage 14. Athlone – Dublin

Our last stage by road in Ireland was long (204 km) and we made few visits. The way from Athlone to Dublin took us to Clonmacnoise, an important monastic and power centre, and Brú na Bóinne (Newgrange), one of the biggest and most important megalithic monuments centre in Europe.

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Stage 13. Sligo – Athlone5 Dec 2013

Stage 13. Sligo – Athlone

In this stage we began our coming back to Dublin, leaving the Irish West Coast and crossing the country through the hinterland to stay at night in Athlone. We visited Sligo and Boyle Abbeys and tried to find Drumanone Dolmen (without any success), we reached Roscommon Castle and finally found La Tène stone.

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Stage 11. Westport – Sligo22 Nov 2013

Stage 11. Westport – Sligo

The day trip between Westport and Sligo was long (more than 200 kms) but it was really fructiferous, because we visited many places. We were at Burrishoole Abbey, which is by a little lake where we saw an otter. Later we visited Rockfleet Castle, the cliffs of Mallaranny, where part of the Invincible Armada sank, the megalithic cemetery of Céide Fields, an Ogham stone near Killala and Rosserk Priory.

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Stage 9. Doolin – Galway17 Nov 2013

Stage 9. Doolin – Galway

We walked with calm the way between Doolin and Galway. It wasn’t very long (about 80 kms) and it let us walk away from the most touristic routes and know some less visited points. We saw the Muckinish Castle ruins, Corcomroe Abbey, Finavarra Peninsula and Dunguaire Castle before arriving to Galway and take a walk along its streets.

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