Emerald Isle route points of interest

The Emerald Isle 3100km Route Points of Interest
Below are some of the coastal regions on the route.

The Ards Peninsula
Is a peninsula in County Down, Northern Ireland which separates Strangford Lough from the North Channel of the Irish Sea, on Ireland’s northeast coast. A number of towns and villages are located on the peninsula, such as the seaside town of Donaghadee, with the surrounding area known as the Ards district.
Newtownards, situated at the northern end of the peninsula, is the largest town in the area, while Portaferry is at the southern end of the Peninsula. It is largely situated in the Borough of Ards.



The Giant’s Causeway (or Irish: Clochán na bhFómharach)

This is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is located on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, about two miles (3 km) north of the town of Bushmills.
The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. Most of the columns are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven and eight sides. The tallest are about 12 meters (36 ft) high, and the solidified lava in the cliffs is 28 meters thick in places.

Glengesh Pass (Glen of the Swans)
The Glengesh Pass sometimes known as the Donegal Pass is located in County Donegal in a section of the road that connects Glencolmcille to Ardara. It is a stunning setting with spectacular views and runs for about 15 miles taking in a few hairpen bends with narrow and windy roads along the way.

As you cycle through the Glengesh Pass (Glen of the Swans) there is a sense of moving back through time, dotted along the route are old cottages, farms and at times Sheep can be seen wandering in the area. Glengesh one of two glaciated valleys that carve the Northern edge of the Banagh Peninsula.
This breathtaking route to and from Ardara and it is definitely a route you will remember for a long time.



Achill Island
Travel across the Curraun Peninsula to reach Achill Island, joined to the mainland by bridge.The parish of Achill includes Achill Island and parts of the Currane Peninsula in County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland. This area is steeped in history and, despite its remote location, has produced or attracted a rich array of famous people and fascinating characters. The area hosts a wide variety of flora and fauna, as well as some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. With its Atlantic location, Breathtaking mountain and coastal landscapes .


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