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Visit Ireland’s Wild Places

May 14, 2010

If you are taking a holiday in Ireland this year or perhaps looking forward to a couple of weekend breaks, then this book might well provide you with the inspiration to visit some of our lesser known attractions and help you realise just how lucky we are here in Ireland to have so many great places quietly biding their time waiting for our visit.


As part of my quest to hike to the highest point in each county in Ireland I have found myself in my local library a couple of times looking for relevant books covering walking routes and general guides to the areas I’ll be visiting.

Jacket Cover Image for Britain and Ireland's Best Wild Places

Covering many wild places in Ireland that you may never have heard of, this is a great book.

Recently I came across a gem called ‘Britain and Ireland’s Best Wild Places: 500 Ways to Discover the Wild‘ by Christopher Somerville.

After introducing Wild Places as those locations on these Islands where ‘nature just carries on doing what she does without caring if we are there are not,’ Somerville explains how he spent the whole of 2006 touring Britain and Ireland seeking out and creating this list of exceptional locations.

Each place in the book is categorised and given a brief description as well as location details. While the bulk of the 500 locations are in England, Scotland and Wales, 70 of them are found around the island of Ireland, and fortunately many of these are county high points or are situated close by and can be easily accommodated into a day trip.

So, not only does the book feature such wonderful locations as Slieve Gullion, Cuilcagh, Mount Errigal and Loughcrew; but I also find that some county tops I might have previously considered to be of lesser interest are now enriched with nearby historic sites to take in during my visit. For example, a walk up Sawel in the Sperrins – a range of hills which are themselves featured as a star location in the book – could also take in Beaghmore Stone Circles and the Creggandevesky court tomb. I was also pleased to see that Fore Abbey features in the book. This is a beautiful place that I was fortunate to stumble upon en route to Mullaghmeen in Westmeath.

Go and buy the book, or even better, get it from your local  library and have a browse!

An image from the book Britain and Ireland's Best Wild Places, detailing locations to visit in Ireland

Some of the Wild Places you can visit in Ireland

3 Comments leave one →
  1. h corkery permalink
    May 14, 2010 8:03 am

    I got the book 2 years ago as a gift, really good book.

    • May 14, 2010 8:51 am

      It’s great…so many spots I’d never heard of, have you got to visit many of the places?


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