Declared as a European Geopark in 2001 and a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2004, the Copper Coast shows a record of Palaeozoic volcanism and the ice age. It is therefore a very geologically diverse area with rolling hills and steep cliffs. It is the perfect place for anybody interested in hiking and being rewarded with breathtaking landscapes. There are also walking trails along the coast. The Copper Coast is very beautiful but is rarely listed on places to go in Ireland, and so is the quintessential hidden gem.