Wednesday 26 October 2016

TripAdvisor reveals its Top 10 Irish landmarks, with three surprises

Travellers' Choice Awards

Published 17/05/2016 | 05:05

Leap Castle. Photo: Brian Morrison/Fáilte Ireland
Leap Castle. Photo: Brian Morrison/Fáilte Ireland
Inish Mór, Aran Islands. Photo: Chris Hill/Fáílte Ireland
Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin. Photo: Deposit
Arigna Mines, Co. Roscommon

TripAdvisor has announced its Top 10 Irish landmarks for 2016, with some surprising inclusions on the list.

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You've heard of Glendalough, Trinity College and Bunratty Castle, and wouldn't be surprised to see them named among Ireland's top landmarks.

But what about Dun Dúchathair, the Arigna Mining Experience or Leap Castle?

TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Awards sees all three named among Ireland's Top 10 Landmarks. Here's the list in full:

  1. Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
  2. Blarney Castle & Gardens, Co. Cork
  3. Trinity College, Dublin
  4. Muckross House & Gardens, Co. Kerry
  5. Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny
  6. Dun Dúchathair, Aran Islands
  7. Bunratty Castle, Co. Clare
  8. Arigna Mining Experience, Co. Roscommon
  9. Leap Castle, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
  10. Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

Travellers' Choice Awards are based on "millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers," according to the popular travel website. 

Kilmainham topped the Irish list for the fourth year in a row.


Inis Mór's Dun Dúchathair (the Black Fort, above) is much lesser-known than Dún Aonghusa, which featured at No.6 on last year's list, but drops off for 2016.

Leap Castle, said to be one of Ireland's most haunted buildings, is open by appointment only via its owner's mobile phone - unlike famous attractions that failed to make the Top 10, ranging from the Rock of Cashel to the Cliffs of Moher.

Even the country's two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Brú na Bóinne and Skellig Michael, could not make the list - for all of the recent Star Wars-related publicity.

"We're delighted that people that people rate us so highly," Valerie Stenson, Manager at the Arigna Mining Experience (below), told Travel.

"We're a community tourism initiative preserving our 400-year coal mining history. Everybody is proud of it, and we try to give the best possible customer experience."


TripAdvisor's awards are becoming as renowned for their random inclusions as their No.1s - with Newmarket-on-Fergus recently making its list of Top 10 Irish destinations.

Globally, it namesd Machu Picchu as the world's No.1 global landmark.

See the full lists of landmarks here.

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