The Copper Coast, County Waterford
The Copper Coast, County Waterford

1. The Copper Coast, County Waterford

A copper coast in Ireland? You better believe it. Bookended by the Waterford towns of Tramore in the east and Dungarvan in the west, this awesome seaside stretch derives its name from the flourishing copper industry that built up here in the 19th Century. Springtime brings blooming flowers and watercolour sunsets.

Tassagh Viaduct. Credit: Alan Hopps
Tassagh Viaduct. Credit: Alan Hopps

2. Tassagh Viaduct, County Armagh

There’s more than a touch of Harry Potter about Armagh’s Tassagh Viaduct, but it’s been a while since a train steamed its way across these great arches. In fact, the rail line (between Armagh and Castleblaney in County Monaghan) that the bridge served was closed in 1923. But this industrial monolith doesn’t need billowing puffs of steam to look dramatic; it just needs spring.

The Sperrin Mountains
The Sperrin Mountains

3. The Sperrin Mountains, counties Tyrone and Derry-Londonderry

Hear spring, think lambs. Hear Sperrin Mountains, think walking. Straddling two counties (Derry-Londonderry & Tyrone) the Sperrins are modest in size but pack a varied punch.

You're in stone circle country, here, too. According to WALK NI, "Over 90 sets of stone circles have been found in the Sperrins, the best known being Beaghmore Stone Circles in the south east of the range. Despite being relatively small in stature, the alignments of the Beaghmore Stone Circles accurately correlate to movements of sun, moon and stars."

“There's something about the Sperrins… they're not exactly mighty mountains, you know, but they do have a kind of magic, a wild magic, to them."

Walking guide Martin McGuigan.
St Stephen's Green in bloom
St Stephen's Green in bloom

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Killarney National Park
Killarney National Park
Ardgroom, the Beara Peninsula
Ardgroom, the Beara Peninsula

6. Ardgroom, Beara Peninsula, County Cork

When the New York Times’s Frugal Traveler explored the Beara Peninsula (a key ingredient in the Wild Atlantic Way), she often felt as if she had “come to the edge of the world”. She wouldn’t be the first. Elemental, but with clusters of dainty villages and covert coves, Cork's Beara is a peninsula defined by its isolation at Ireland’s extreme south west tip, where blissful silence is a virtue. Just look how happy this rambling couple is.

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