Most trips around Ireland don’t include a look at mummies under a Dublin church, visiting a seal colony on the Aran Islands, or a climb to a fairy fortress in Galway. Only the locals tend to know about stops like these… or the occasional traveler who happen to stumble upon them.
Here are often-missed ten places from the Ireland Travel Kit, the location-based website and smartphone app highlighting unusual places:
Relics of the True Cross
Catching a glimpse of the relics of the True Cross at Holy Cross Abbey in County Tipperary are interesting in their own right, but the a look around the restored 800-year-old church offers a glimpse at medieval craftsmanship as well.
The World’s Tallest Round Tower
At 34 m (111 ft), the round tower at Kilmacduagh in County Galway rises above the countryside, and like the tower at Pisa, this spire also has a distinct lean.
The Donkey Sanctuary
Having rescued more than 3,600 donkeys since 1983, the Donkey Sanctuary near Liscarroll in County Cork invites guests to meet their current hoofed residents.
Father Ted’s House
For fans of the Irish sitcom Father Ted, a photo with the solitary rectory in the background doesn’t require a boat ride to the ficticious Craggy Island, just a detour near Glenquin, County Clare.
While on Inis Mor, a side road between Kilronan and Eoggaacht leads to the beach at Portmurvy where, if you look closely, you’ll spot more than rocks on the shore; the site is home to a colony of seals.
A walk along the trail at Knockma Woods in County Galway takes visitors to a moss covered collection of stone steps and stacked branches that are said to be the home of Finnbheara the Fairy King of Connacht.
Dunbrody Garden Maze
While a visit to Cistercian abbey at Dunbrody will hold your interest, wandering the intricate garden maze provides a real treat in County Wexford.
Barrack Obama’s Roots
The village of Moneygall has seen a bit of a boom since the US President paid a visit in 2011; in addition to Barrack Obama’s ancestral home, there are three other sites in the area connected to the leader.
It’s over 200 years old, but the windmill at Blennerville, County Kerry, still works and is available for tours from its spot along Tralee Bay.
Mummies at St Michan’s
While St. Michan’s church in Dublin houses an organ played by Handel, it’s the mummies in the crypt below that keep visitors coming back.
Check out a sampling of more places featured in the Ireland Travel Kit app at www.IrelandTravelKit.com.
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