Legendary locations in Ireland

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Live a real-life legend by visiting six sites that set the scene for some of our most famous tales

Oisín and Tír na nÓg in County Kerry

Oisín and Tír na nÓg in County Kerry

On the shores of Lough Leane in County Kerry Oisín, the son of Fionn MacCumhall, fell in love with the beautiful and immortal Niamh. He went with his paramour to the land of eternal youth, Tír na nÓg. He became homesick after a while, desperate to visit his relatives. Niamh lent him her horse to gallop home. Sadly, upon arrival he found out that 300 years had passed, and his family were long gone. Distraught, he stepped off his horse and aged 300 years, dying soon after.

Diarmuid and Gráinne in County Sligo

Diarmuid and Gráinne in County Sligo

At the wedding of Fionn MacCumhall and Gráinne, daughter to the high king of Ireland, the newlywed bride caught sight of a handsome warrior, Diarmuid, one of Fionn's most famous champions. They fell in love immediately and eloped, crossing the island in search of safe haven. Before long they ran afoul of a wild boar in a cave on the slopes of Benbulben, where Diarmuid was fatally wounded. You can still visit the cave with unparalleled views over the Gleniff Horseshoe trail today, and imagine the ill-fated lovers seeking shelter.

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