Irish Geography Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Corrie Boone

Corrie holds master's in elementary education, taught elementary ESL in the public schools for 5 years, and recently was teaching EFL abroad.

Ireland is a country that has a lot of natural beauty to offer, from mountains, rivers, and lakes to a beautiful coastline. In this lesson, you'll get to see some of the magnificence that is the land of the Irish!

All About Ireland

Ireland is a stunning island that sits in the northern Atlantic Ocean, to the west of England and Scotland. The green richness of the Irish land is made possible by the mild, very wet climate. The main, central portion of the island is covered in low-lying plains with many gorgeous lakes and rivers, surrounded by a ring of mountains on the outer edges. The ocean surrounding Ireland gives it a jagged coastline filled with smaller islands, peninsulas, and sea cliffs. Let's take a closer look at all the things that make Ireland the striking land that it is!

The Central Plains

The central portion of the Irish island is covered in low-lying plains, which is simply flat land. Throughout the plains, many bogs and loughes (said like lock) can be found. A bog is a wet area of land, like a swamp; lough is the old Irish word for lake. The Bog of Allen is one of the largest and most well known in all of Ireland. There are over 12,000 loughes, or lakes, covering Ireland. That's a lot!

Many rivers can be found running across the Irish countryside as well. River Shannon is the longest and most well known, at 240 miles long. It's so big that three separate lakes form from River Shannon: Lough Allen, Lough Ree, and Lough Derg.

A section of the Bog of Allen where peat is harvested. Peat is an organic matter used in some types of fuel.

The Mountain Ring

The mountains forming a ring around the outer edges of the island are actually made of several different mountains ranges. The Mourne Mountains are believed by many to be the most beautiful and picturesque of all the mountains in Ireland. In fact, they are so stunning that they were the inspiration for the landscape of the imaginary land of Narnia in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis. The highest peak of all the mountains is Carrauntoohil (said like care-on-to-hill), which is part of the MacGillycuddy's Reeks. Carrauntoohil peak is 3406 feet high! Some of the other big mountains ranges of Ireland include Blackstair Mountains, Wicklow Mountains, Bluestack Mountains, Ox Mountains, and Twelve Bens.

Carrauntoohil peak, the highest in Ireland.

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