Ireland's weirdest landscapes

So, you're probably familiar with the image of lush green valleys that appears on countless postcards of Ireland, but what about the weird stuff?

The Burren, County Clare
The Burren, County Clare

Ireland keeps a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to natural phenomena. Take the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark in County Clare – a karst limestone plateau that looks like it was beamed down from the moon; in fact, it was formed around 340 million years ago at the bottom of a sea and is home to a wide range of flora, fauna and archaeology, as well as the odd disappearing lake or two.

Folklore legend Fionn mac Cumhaill is said to have created Antrim’s Giant’s Causeway so he could walk over to Scotland to pick a fight with the giant Benandonner. This visual jangle of tightly packed basalt columns runs from the cliffs of the Antrim plateau right down to the sea.

The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare
The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

Speaking of sea cliffs, it’s hard not to be impressed by the mighty Cliffs of Moher (which form part of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark), the Slieve League Cliffs in County Donegal, the vertigo-inducing Croaghaun Cliffs on Achill Island, and the seabird-studded cliffs of Antrim’s Rathlin Island.

From those dizzy heights, you can head down below and uncover a wonderful world of hidden caves, rich with stalagmites and stalactites. Take a gentle boat ride through Fermanagh and Cavan’s Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark for a peek into 650 million years of history. These caves are another area awarded the UNESCO Global Geopark status, cementing its place in geological significance.

If you're fascinated by things that simply can’t be explained, make sure to check out the magic road… nope, we don’t know what’s going on with it either!

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