2. Get back to nature on Sheep’s Head
The southwest coast of Ireland is home to the Sheep’s Head peninsula, one of the wildest and most beautiful stretches of land on the entire island, and is home to less than 1,000 people. Make your base in the charming village of Durrys and walk the Sheep’s Head Way along gorse-covered trails, where an utmost feeling of peace prevails.
The peninsula also boasts a 120km-long cycling route from Ballylickey to Roaring Water Bay. Along the way, see if you can spot whales or dolphins, keep and eye out for ancient sites like the bardic school at Dromnea and stop off for lunch and a chat with lively locals at the Tin Pub in Ahakista.
1. Take the plunge into Doolin Cave
A single drop of water is all it took to start the creation of the northern hemisphere’s largest stalactite. Beneath the alien landscape of the Burren, County Clare, a warren of caves has been carved into the limestone by underground rivers. One of these subterranean wonders, Doolin Cave, not only features the gigantic stalactite and other curious cave formations, but also encourages eco-tourism and champions sustainable travel in the region through their conservation efforts and Leave No Trace policy.