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The beautiful Blackwater Valley, in North Cork, at sunrise. Photo by: Flickr

Unspoilt beauty spots in Ireland off the beaten track (PHOTOS)

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The beautiful Blackwater Valley, in North Cork, at sunrise. Photo by: Flickr

We’re all familiar with the Killarneys and Blarney Stones, but what about places that aren’t as well known but are no less beautiful.

Here is a list of ten such places:
 
1. North Cork

This area is less famous than West Cork, but just as beautiful. Visit the beautiful Blackwater Valley where fishing and walking trips are a little bit of heaven.

2. Boyne Valley


Widely known but rarely visited, this area in Louth and Meath has beautiful scenery and scenic towns mostly with lovely coastal drives.

3. West Clare

West Clare is where traditional Irish music has its home, as well as crashing Atlantic waves and beautiful scenery. A favorite spot of Steven Spielberg’s.

4. Carlingford Lough

Slieve Foy in County Louth

Carlingford Lough on the North-South border is often ignored because of its location, especially so during The Troubles. This area is beautiful, scenic, and totally unspoiled.

5. South Armagh

South Armagh was once known as bandit country, now an unspoiled beautiful area of towering mountains and picturesque villages.

6. Slieve Bloom Mountains

The Slieve Bloom mountains in Laois and Offaly boast the best walking trails anywhere Ireland. The trails are off the beaten track and near the center of Ireland.

7. Tramore


    

Tramore, literally meaning “the big strand,” is in Waterford, and a beautiful beach and holiday town it is too. Also visit the nearby Waterford Gaeltacht in Ring.

8. Achill Island


Achill Island, off Mayo coast, is the largest island off Ireland and likely the most beautiful. Accessible by bridge with lovely mountains, sea cliffs and sandy beaches.

9. Kenmare



Kenmare, not as well known as its neighbor, Killarney, but a beautiful Kerry town with top class restaurants and wonderful activities.

10. Hook Peninsula



Hook Peninsula in Wexford is often called the ‘secret Ireland.’ Beautiful unspoiled scenery and many historical landmarks. It was here the British first arrived in 1169.

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