Maybe funds aren't great after the festive season. Maybe you're keen to get out and about and embrace the winter weather.
Here are some magnificent attractions on Scratchable Map Ireland that won’t cost you a shilling.
1) Ardmore Round Tower
Ardmore is a beautiful coastal town with plenty to do all year around. The 4 km looped cliff walk has plenty to see, the highlight being the stunning views of the sea and cliffs. Samson’s Wreck, Saint Declan’s Well, and the Round Tower are just a few of the sights for you take in along the way.
If you’re very lucky you might even spot a whale.
See https://www.ardmorewaterford.com/location-location-location-the-cliff-walk/ to learn more.
Above: Close up of the Ardmore Round Tower on Scratchable Map Ireland
2) Doneraile Wildlife Park
The 166 hectare wildlife park was Ireland’s fourth most visited attraction in 2016 with almost half a million visitors.
It has a variety of walking routes with beautiful gardens, trees, rivers, lakes and lots of deer to be spotted along the way.
Doneraile House is a 17th century country house where you can get a cuppa and a treat. It also has a playground for the kids.
Check out http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-west/donerailewildlifepark/ for more information.
Above: Close up of Doneraile Wildlife Park on Scratchable Map Ireland
It is not actually recommended to climb Benbulben, as there is no actual trail up the mountain. Instead, we recommend Benbulben Forest Walk. This 'easy' 5.5 km route should take less than 2 hours.
Not only will you get amazing views of Table Mountain but on a clear day you can see Slieve League, County Donegal and some even claim to have seen Croagh Patrick, County Mayo. Beat that!
We know what you're thinking. And no, you can't scratch off all three!
Known as the Gortarowey Loop, we can't recommend this one highly enough.
For more information visit;
If you need some inspiration, have a look at the video on Irish Independent Travel;
Above: Close up of Benbulben on Scratchable Map Ireland
4) Slieve League
Europe largest sea cliff's.
Slieve League stands more than 600m above the sea and has spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.
The One Man's Path walk is described as 'not for the faint hearted' on the official website but the views make it more than worthwhile.
Visit http://www.sliabhliag.com/about-the-cliffs/ for more information.
Above: Close up of the Slieve League on Scratchable Map Ireland
5) Cuilcagh Mountains
'The Stairway to Heaven' is part of the 2500 hectare Cuilcagh Mountain Park. Made famous because of the board walk built in 2015 to preserve the bog underneath.
It is just one of many hikes available at the mountain park. The top is nearly 700m above sea level and has wonderful views of the surrounding landscape.
You should allow roughly six hours for this 14 km trek.
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Above: Close up of the Cuilcagh Mountains on Scratchable Map Ireland
Scratchable Map Ireland is a bucket list for Ireland. These are just some of the free magnificent attractions you can visit around the country. Enoy!