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Inspired by the stunning photos in our 2024 home heat calendar, we created the perfect guide to find these picturesque places. Join us as we explore some of the most beautiful spots in Ireland.

County Leitrim 

Beginning northwest in County Leitrim, Tynte Lodge is located along the Tullaghan Coastal Park. Nestled within the park's lush, scenic landscape, the lodge provides easy access to the rugged coastline and tranquil beaches, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The area is rich in biodiversity and offers a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, birdwatching and exploring the coastal trails. 

Tynte Lodge

Tynte Lodge. Photo by Darrgh G. from the 2024 calendar.


While in Leitrim, check out a local favourite, Glencar Waterfall. The waterfall is 50 feet high and is situated at Glencar Lough, creating a magical atmosphere. To learn more, click here.


Glencar Waterfall. Photo from Adobe Stock.

County Sligo 

The Caves of Keash, located in County Sligo, are a remarkable series of limestone caverns steeped in history and myth. Perched high on the western slopes of Keshcorran Hill, these ancient caves offer stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Visitors to the Caves of Keash can explore the intriguing natural formations and imagine the rich tapestry of history and folklore surrounding this fascinating site. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 20-30 minutes to get to the caves. To learn more, click here.

The Caves of Keash, located in County Sligo, Ireland.

The Caves of Keash. Photo by Fiona B. from the 2024 calendar.


It wouldn’t be a trip to Sligo without seeing the magnificent mountain, Benbulben. The majestic mountain peaks at 526 metres and has a unique flat shape with steep edges covered in a bed of bright green grass. It takes approximately 90 minutes to climb this magnificent mountain and it is considered an easy and safe climb. The flat top makes for a perfect picnic spot while enjoying the breathtaking views over Slieve League in Donegal. To learn more, click here.

Mountain Benbulben of Sligo county

Benbulben. Photo from the 2022 calendar.


After exploring the mountain top, recharge at Top Oil Collooney Service Station in Sligo. This convenient rest stop features a delightful deli, a well-stocked shop, a car wash, a service area and a range of other amenities to ensure you have everything you need for the perfect road trip.

County Roscommon

A 30-minute trip southeast will land you at McDermott’s Castle in Roscommon. This hidden gem is located on a little green island known as Castle Island in the middle of Lough Key. It is near Lough Key Forest Park which is home to hectares of picturesque wood and parkland with a lake and several wooded islands. To learn more, click here.

McDermott’s Castle in Roscommon, Ireland

McDermott's Castle. Photo by Sean M. from the 2024 calendar.


On your way to our next destination in Galway, replenish your road trip snacks at the Top Oil Ballinderreen Service Station. This stop provides a fuelling station, car wash, service area, a well-stocked shop and a delightful deli. 

County Galway

Perched on the shores of Galway Bay, Dunguaire Castle is said to be one of the prettiest fortresses in Ireland. The stone tower house has a long history stretching back to medieval times. Dunguaire Castle is one of the most photographed castles in Ireland. Set against Galway Bay, the landscape of shimmering water and low rolling hills provides an unforgettable backdrop for the historic and charming 75-foot tower. Take time to climb the knoll and admire the scenery. The castle has been restored and converted into a small museum and banquet hall. To learn more, click here.

Dunguaire Castle, Ireland

Dunguaire Castle. Photo by Enda O. from the 2024 calendar.

County Clare

One of the country's most iconic natural attractions, the Cliffs of Moher, stretches more than 14 kilometres along the Atlantic Ocean. These majestic cliffs formed more than 300 million years ago, are renowned for their dramatic, rugged beauty and are home to a diverse array of wildlife, including colonies of seabirds such as puffins and razorbills. To learn more, click here.

Ballydowane Bay, Ireland

Cliffs of Moher. Photo by Martin K. from the 2024 calendar.


Cork Harbour, located on the south coast of Ireland, is the world's second-largest natural harbour and offers a blend of historical charm and natural beauty. You can explore the historic town of Cobh, renowned as the Titanic's last port of call, and delve into the maritime history at the Cobh Heritage Centre. For nature enthusiasts, the harbour provides ample opportunities for sailing, kayaking and wildlife watching, with its diverse birdlife and scenic coastal views. To learn more, click here.


Cork Harbour. Photo from the 2022 calendar.

County Waterford

Heading east, you’ll land in beautiful Waterford, home of many hidden treasures. The first is Ballydowane Bay, located on the stunning Copper Coast in County Waterford. This hidden gem is known for its serene beauty and rugged charm. This secluded bay, framed by dramatic cliffs and rocky outcrops, features a sandy beach that offers a peaceful retreat for visitors seeking tranquillity and natural splendour. Popular with walkers, photographers and nature enthusiasts, Ballydowane Bay provides a perfect escape with its pristine landscape and breathtaking coastal views. To learn more, click here.

Copper Coast in County Waterford

Ballydowane Bay. Photo by Gill G. from the 2024 calendar.

County Wicklow

Next stop – County Wicklow. Wicklow Harbour, situated on Ireland's east coast, is a historic and bustling port that serves as a gateway to the Irish Sea. Its scenic waterfront, lined with charming buildings, vibrant fishing boats, and shops and restaurants offers locals and visitors a blend of picturesque beauty and lively activity. Rich in history and natural allure, Wicklow Harbour embodies the enduring spirit of this coastal community.

Wicklow Harbour in Newtownmountkennedy

Wicklow Harbour. Photo by William C. from the 2024 calendar.


As you leave Wicklow Harbour and head to our next destination, stop at Top Oil Junction 12 in Newtownmountkennedy. This convenient station offers a service area, a car wash, a well-stocked shop and a delicious deli to refuel your body.

Ballinastoe, nestled in the heart of County Wicklow, is a tranquil rural area renowned for its lush landscapes and serene atmosphere. This picturesque place is characterized by rolling hills, verdant fields and charming country lanes that offer a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Wicklow Mountains, Ballinastoe is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy hiking, cycling and nature walks. Ballinastoe epitomises the idyllic countryside of Wicklow, offering a perfect escape into nature. To learn more, click here.

Ballinastone of County Wicklow, Ireland

Ballinastoe Woods. Photo by Ita I. from the 2024 calendar.


From the rugged coastlines and serene landscapes to the vibrant towns and rich cultural heritage, every hidden gem has been a testament to Ireland's unique charm. We hope this journey has inspired you to explore hidden gems and iconic landmarks close to home. May your travels be filled with adventure, discovery, timeless beauty and a pit stop at a Top Oil service station. Find a service station.