Lesser Spotted Destinations with Katrina Cudmore & Giveaways!

Lesser Spotted Destinations

 

A few years ago after a particularly hectic weekend break in a jam-packed London, I read a travel article in the English Sunday Times that really resonated with me. The article argued that in a time of ever increasing tourism and the associated concerns over the environmental impact on popular destinations, we should all be seeking out new and less visited destinations. The Cliffs of Moher here in Ireland are a case in point. Last year the cliffs had over 1.5 million tourists. Cliff erosion is now a concern at the site, as is visitor management. I don’t know about you but when I travel, I like to visit unique locations. I hate the feeling of being yet another tourist in a too predictable destination.

That why’s I thought I’d share with you two alternative coastal destinations in Ireland for you to consider, where more often than not you will be only one of a handful of visitors on any given day and where you will find a more authentic Ireland.

 

Geokaun Mountain & Fogher Cliffs on Valentina Island are located in County Kerry in the South West of Ireland at one of the most westerly points in Europe.

Valentina although an Island is accessible by a bridge and is a wild and beautiful place on the Atlantic coast full of stunning walks, in particular the 600ft Fogher seacliffs. The Blasket Islands can be seen in the distance from the cliffs and the area is renowned for its flora and fauna. Ferries leave from the nearby fishing village of Portmagee for the Skellig Rocks. Skellig Michael towers 714ft above sea level and is famous for its sixth century monastic settlement. The site, reached by steep steps, includes stone beehive-shaped huts, oratories and crosses. Thousands of puffins breed on Skellig Michael during the warmer months and it was a recent location for the filming of Star Wars movies.

Ballycotton Cliff Walk is a thirty minute drive from Cork City.

 The walk extends over 5 miles on a foot worn track along the cliff face with stunning views out onto the Atlantic. Ballycotton is a traditional fishing village with a warm welcome in its many pubs and restaurants. Trips can be taken over to the Ballycotton Lighthouse set on a rocky island out in the bay. Nearby Garryvoe has a beautiful beach and Ballymaloe House is world famous for its food and hospitality. Ballycotton is also well worth a visit for bird watcher enthusiasts with 300 species of birds recorded there.

If you have ever visited either location, or indeed the Cliffs of Moher, I would love to hear what you thought of them, so leave a comment below.

About the Author

Katrina Cudmore grew up on a farm in the Irish countryside before leaving to study for a B.A. in
Psychology at the University of Cork and subsequently a M.Sc. in Human Relations at the London
School of Economics. Katrina met her husband in Boston U.S. and worked for several years in the
UK before returning to Ireland where she now lives in Cork city with her husband, four busy children
and her beloved dog. You can visit Katrina at Katrinacudmore.com
 
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37 thoughts on “Lesser Spotted Destinations with Katrina Cudmore & Giveaways!

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      Happy New Year to you too Valerie. Hopefully some day you might visit the locations I mentioned – would love your thoughts on them if you ever do.

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    I’ve never traveled outside of the U.S., but I don’t have to be in either of those spots in Ireland to know I’d love them. What’s not to love? Just gorgeous!

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      Susan, I have only been to Boston, California and Florida and there’s so much more of the U.S. I want to explore. Michigan, Seattle and Chicago to name a few. Hopefully one day – when my kids leave home and I win the lottery!

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    I wish I had known about these places when we visited Ireland last year. On one memorable day, we went to visit The Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim – I swear the rest of the planet, and several other galaxies were all there on the same day! 🙂

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      Oh Barbara poor you! I’ve never been to the Giant’s Causeway, it’s on my to visit list. I think Game of Thrones has added to a lot of the increase in visitor numbers. I might attempt visiting there in the winter months!

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    I haven’t been to Ireland but it’s on the bucket list (along with a return trip to Scotland). That area of the world is filled with such beauty 🙂

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      Jemi, I’ve only been to Edinburgh and Glasgow and loved both. Glasgow was wild! I’ve never seen such packed pubs!

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      They are Meradeth. I have so many countries I want to visit. My New Year pledge this year was to visit one country that I have never visited before – so last night I booked a trip to Copenhagen. I’m really excited about the trip but not sure if my bank manager would agree – apparently it’s very expensive!

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    Going to Ireland is my biggest dream. I can only imagine how gorgeous the scenery is there.

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      Hopefully, it will happen for you some day Chrys. I dream of visiting Australia, Singapore, St Petersburgh, New York…the list could go on and on!

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    I would love to visit any one of these lovely places. Thanks for the information, Katrina! And thanks for featuring Katrina on your blog, Nasreen! All the best to you both in the coming year.

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      Adding my thanks too Louise to Nas for hosting me on her blog. It’s so wonderful to be able to chat to all you lovely people!

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    sounds like wonderful idea and how coincidence that recently i was discussing this with my eldest son whom i asked to visit eiffel tower and he replied that it is not worth it as it is so much crowded and dirty which hurt me as i am since my youth hear about the beauty and neatness of Paris.

    wishing you a happy new year dear Nasreen!

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      I visited Paris over 20 years ago Shabana and it was truly beautiful and chic. Unfortunately I have also heard that it’s a little down at heel at the moment which is very sad. I visited Bordeaux 2 years ago and it was so beautiful and the surrounding towns of Cognac and Saint-Emilion were postcard gorgeous.

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    Ireland would be a beautiful place to visit. We don’t have the water, but I’m told the place I live resembles the hills of Ireland.

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      Oh Ratty, where you live must be gorgeous. I wish I had more time and money to travel – maybe when my kids leave home we can backpack around the world which is something I regret not doing in my 20’s.

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    Oh Barbara poor you! I’ve never been to the Giant’s Causeway, it’s on my to visit list. I think Game of Thrones has added to a lot of the increase in visitor numbers. I might attempt visiting there in the winter months!

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    I have never visited Ireland, but I just commented on another blog that I hope to visit it one day. Interesting to read this post right after that. Maybe 2018 will be the year. 🙂

    These two spots sound amazing. Love hearing about spots that are unique. I hadn’t thought about what so many tourists can do to particular areas. Thanks for sharing.

    Best of luck, Katrina!

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      Fully understand about finances Darla – there are so many places I want to visit but for now I have to stick to the more affordable countries especially with 4 kids in tow! Here’s to us all winning the lottery and travelling to our hearts content.

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    What a sight! So majestic. Good luck to everyone for the giveaways too.
    Happy 2018!

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    I don’t hear a lot about Ireland, but seeing such beautiful images makes me want to pack my bags and go! Thanks for sharing such lovely places to visit! Hugs…RO

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    Geokaun mountains are beautiful! I didn’t know the Star Wars movies were filmed there. I recognize them though, from the Luke Skywalker scenes.

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      I haven’t been to see the latest movie Sherry but the rest of my family were so excited to see Skellig Michael featured so much in the movie.

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    Oh gorgeous! I like to do a mix of seeing the “normal” attractions but also those less traveled 🙂

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