It has become more and more popular trying to reach specific geographical points while travelling. Climbing the highest peaks is a well-known example. For anyone interested in doing this, here are Ireland's geographical extremes:
Ireland's Extreme Points (Mainland)
- Northernmost point - Banba's Crown near Malin Head on the Inishowen Peninsula (County Donegal).
- Easternmost point - Burr Point on the Ards Peninsula (County Down), the easternmost point of the Republic is Wicklow Head (County Wicklow).
- Southernmost point - Brow Head (County Cork).
- Westernmost point - Dunmore Head on the Dingle Peninsula (County Kerry).
Ireland's Extreme Points (Islands Included)
- Northernmost point - Inishtrahull Island (County Donegal).
- Easternmost point - Canon Rock off the Ards Peninsula (County Down), the easternmost point of the Republic is Lambay Island (County Dublin).
- Southernmost point - Fastnet Rock (County Cork).
- Westernmost point - Tearaght Island (County Kerry).
Ireland's Highest Mountains
- Carrauntoohil - 3,409 feet.
- Beenkeragh - 3,314 feet.
- Caher - 3,284 feet.
- Cnoc na Péiste - 3,242 feet.
- Caher West Top - 3,199 feet.
Ireland's Lowest Landmass
Unlike many other countries, Ireland has no landmass below sea level. The lowest points are therefore on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
A Note Regarding Rockall
In theory the tiny "island" of Rockall would be both the northernmost and westernmost point of Ireland - but as Rockall is nothing more than a bleak rock in the middle of nowhere it should be disregarded.