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    26 Reasons You Should Never Visit Ireland

    Author: Rupert Shanks
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    Number 8 will shock you

    Soaring peaks, crashing coastlines, shimmering valleys and unique landscapes.
    Blah de blah de blah. We’ve heard all the reasons why people want to visit Ireland and we just can’t quite get our heads round it.

    I mean we’ve been taking pictures of our favourite Irish places for years and the evidence is just too strong!

    1. It's a poky wee place with no dramatic scenery.

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    The Cliffs of Moher at night, County Clare, Wild Atlantic Way, West Ireland.

    2. The places to stay have no character.

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    Ballynahinch Castle, County Galway

    3. They’re all basically cheap motels, such a shame.

    The Park Hotel, Kenmare, County Kerry

    The Park Hotel Kenmare, County Kerry. South-West Ireland. Find Ireland’s best castle hotels on our list here.

    4. It’s bleak and grey, all the time.

    Dunmore Head, Blasket Islands, Wild Atlantic Way

    Dunmore Head, Blasket Islands, Wild Atlantic Way – See more of Western Ireland here.

    5. The hills are all boring and flat.

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    Ireland’s highest peak Carrantuohill, County Kerry. Hike Ireland’s mountains of Kerry on our challenging hiking trip.

    6. Everything’s just a bit…drab.

    Eagles Nest, The Long Range, Upper Lakes, Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry

    Eagles Nest, The Long Range, Upper Lakes, Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry

    7. The towns themselves are all modern and ugly.

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    Clifden, County Galway. Find Ireland’s loveliest coastal towns here.

    8. There are no nice beaches.

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    Dog’s Bay, Galway

    9. In fact, the coastline is just awful.

    Catch some Atlantic waves in Fanore

    Fanore, County Clare. Explore some of Ireland’s best coastal towns and villages our our top 10 list.

    10. There are no scenic coastal routes to speak of.

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    Dingle Peninsula, Wild Atlantic Way, County Kerry. Feast the eyes on the Best Viewpoints in Kerry.

    11. The roads are all blocked with traffic and pollution.


    Road cycling on the Ring of Kerry coast road

    12. It’s a quiet, culture-less place.


    Live music in Westport. Check out our ultimate Irish playlist here.

    13. With no sense of tradition.


    Killary Sheep Farm, Connemara, County Galway

    14. Everything is just so new and tacky.

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    Ballycarbery castle, County Kerry

    15. There’s really very little to do and nowhere to explore.


    Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay, County Mayo

    16. Anyway, it’s always raining so there’s no point going outdoors.


    Clare Island, Clew Bay, County Mayo

    17. Definitely no reason to go for a walk there. Such a pity.


    Glendalough, County Wicklow. Hike all 20 of Ireland’s best hiking and walking trails! See the full list here.

    18. Did I mention the completely underwhelming landscape? Literally no photo ops anywhere!


    Delphi Valley, Connemara, County Galway. Looking for inspirational beauty? See if you can find it here: Ireland’s most stunningly inspiring landscapes.

    19. It’s all so claustrophobic with no sense of space.

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    Lough Hyne, County Cork

    20. Everything is just a bit lifeless.

    Lough Ine-Baltimore Aug 2014 RS 8

    Lough Hyne forest

    21. The locals are so uptight!


    Clifden beach road

    22. The islands are all flat and dreary.

    Portmagee-Skellig Islands Aug 2014 RS 8

    The Skellig Isles, County Kerry. Read on about the top islands of Ireland..

    23. Heaven knows why they filmed Star Wars: the Force Awakens here.

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    Skellig Michael, County Kerry. See more Star Wars here.

    24. Shame there’s no wildlife either, they must have left for somewhere nicer.

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    Gannet fishing, Kerry coast. Check out where to spot wildlife here.

    25. Who can blame them I suppose.

    Humpback whales, West Cork

    Humpback whales, West Cork

    26. The food is all stale, grey and pre-packaged.

    Fresh seafood platter for two, Dublin.

    Seafood platter, Dublin


    So as you can see, we really don’t understand what all the fuss is about.

    Wait, you do want to visit Ireland after all? That’s great!

    Check out our hiking trips through Ireland’s spectacularly green landscapes and our unforgettable biking adventures! Explore our exciting new Family trips or our self drives for those looking for a little more independence. 


    Discover Ireland with us!

    Meet the Author: Rupert Shanks

    After a spell in the corporate world in London Rupert decided to find a more rewarding way of life involving a closer connection to the outdoors and to his camera! Rupert produces a lot of the photography and video for Wilderness Ireland and works within the Marketing team.

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