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Irish Mirror
Sam Roberts

10 wonderful Irish landmarks that are awful according to brutal TripAdvisor reviews

Ireland is known around the world for its beautiful scenery and iconic landmarks.

However, not everyone that visits the Emerald Isle is impressed by what they find.

Our view is that every one of these places is a must see and are better than you would believe.

However, sometimes people love to complain no matter how good the landmark is.

Some of the country's most famous and beautiful attractions have been slammed by frustrated tourists.

Here is a collection of some of the most brutal, and bizarre, reviews on the website of travel company TripAdvisor:

1. Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher (Failte Ireland)

One reviewer gave the attraction just two stars, and said: "The cliffs are pretty... but not worth going more than 30 mins out of your way for... unless you have never seen the ocean or a cliff."

2. Newgrange

A reviewer suggested that reading a book would be more informative than actually visiting the ancient monument.

They said: "This was one of the main places I wanted to visit in Ireland and I was so disappointed.

"Then we get there and you don't really see much. You can't take pictures.

"It's not easy to walk to the little center area where you are crammed with a bunch of other people and they tell you how things used to be. My advice is get a book and read about it. You will learn more."

3. Temple Bar

One unhappy tourist wrote: "In the 1980’s, the Irish government chose to revitalize the Dublin docks in the hope of creating a vibrant cultural quarter.

"Temple Bar is Ireland at its worst: overpriced, superficial and drunk."

4. Giant's Causeway

The Giant's Causeway, Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. (Joe Daniel Price/Getty)

A reviewer said: "Odd rocks. Unless you are a geologist this is nothing but a big hype. Really, nothing but a pile of odd rocks.

"Loads of commercial BS in the visitor centre.. Of course pubs and restaurants in the area offer mediocre food.; one only visit once..."

5. Ring of Kerry

The jewel in the Kingdom's crown often leaves visitors lost for words, but that clearly isn't the case for everyone.

The Ring of Kerry: The 179-km-long circular route takes in stunning scenery of mountains and lakes (Getty Images)

One reviewer even claimed it was far from the best ring they had seen.

They said: "We were so disappointed, as we drove from Killarney only to Cahersiveen and got back to Killarney.

"Regular road with some sea views, but nothing breathtaking :( We have seen better rings that really deserve to be seen, but not this one."

6. Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle, Cork (Tourism Ireland)

A reviewer said: "Could be nice if it wasn't for that stupid stone. Queues of two hours if you want to see the castle because they make you queue to kiss the stone even if you don't want too.

"It is way to expensive for what it is and altogether the biggest tourist trap in Ireland. Go to other places and don't waste your time on this."

7. Trim Castle

Trim Castle (Tourism Ireland)

One reviewer clearly wasn't impressed after making the arduous journey to the Co Meath town.

They said: "Really, nothing special! A few ruins of walls, one tower (pay extra to get in), that's it! I just wanted my time going to Trim only for this castle!"

8. Gap of Dunloe

One tourist voiced their disappointment with the "indescribable" smell of horse droppings in the area.

They wrote: "We pulled into the car park and prepared to do the 4km walk to the gap. We didn't want to go in the horse and buggy as it was raining and they just sitting there waiting for more customers so the carts would be fuller.

Gap of Dunloe, Co Kerry (Tourism Ireland)

"There are horse droppings everywhere! And because it was raining it was diluted and running everywhere all over the road.

"You couldn't take a step without standing in it.

"The smell was indescribable. I started heaving after 5 minutes. We abandoned the walk and got out of there!!!!"

9. The Burren

The Burren, Co Clare (Discover Ireland)

One reviewer said: "Visited here on a rainy day and it was miserable. It is way out of the way of anything, so the drive to us, was not worth it.

"Looks like any barren area you have seen before.

"Actually reminded us alot of Iceland as we had been there before and the formations looked the same. Don't waste your time unless you are into rocks."

10.  Phoenix Park

People enjoy the sunny weather in the Phoenix Park, Dublin (Collins Photos.)

One disappointed person wrote: "I visited this park and it was absolutely full of people. I wanted to sit down and eat a Spanish omelette in peace but there wasn't anywhere to sit without someone being within 50m of me.

"It was also very hot, and by the time I reached the end of my Spanish omelette it had lost its refrigeratedness.

"Overall a bad experience."

We repeat that for the Irish Mirror, we would highly recommend going to everyone of these places and that they are incredible.

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