Known for its lush fields, friendly people and a certain stout, Ireland is a superb holiday destination. The Emerald Isle is punctuated with a plethora of stunning tourist attractions, and here are five of the very best.
1) The Giant’s Causeway
Located on the north-east coast of Northern Ireland, the Giant’s Causewayis a truly stunning natural rock formation. Lashed by the North Atlantic, these dramatic cliffs have been inspiring artists, writers and musicians for centuries. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the causeway comprises around 40,000 basalt rock columns. These unusual formations were created by ancient volcanic activity and they stretch out like huge stepping stones. If you’re staying south of the border in Ireland, it’s worth making the journey up to these cliffs.
2) Cliffs of Moher
While staying in short break holiday cottages in Ireland, it’s also well worth checking out the Cliffs of Moher. Situated in County Clare, these imposing cliffs are another hugely popular natural attraction. They run from near the village of Doolin to Hags Head. For the best experience, take a coastal walk tracing the cliffs.
3) Ring of Kerry
In the south-west of Ireland, you’ll find the Ring of Kerry. This scenic tourist trail covers 120 miles and it travels through some stunning landscapes. If you set off along the ring, you will see green meadows, serene lakes and heather-crowned mountains. The country’s oldest and longest walking route, it offers the perfect opportunity to get up close to Ireland’s flora and fauna. You can also plan a stop off at the Killarney National park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage biosphere reserve and contains Ross Castle.
4) Glenveagh National Park
The Glenveagh National Park is also worthy of a place on your travelitinerary. A vast expanse, it covers 14,000 acres and is situated in County Donegal. While there, you can fish for salmon and trout, enjoy afternoon tea at Glenveagh Castle and lookout for rare wildlife. If you’re lucky, you’ll even have the chance to see a Golden Eagle.
5) Skellig Islands
Last on this short list, but no means least, the Skellig Islands are another top attraction. These two rocky islands lie around 13 kilometres off the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry. Famed for their colourful puffin populations, they are also home to gannets, black guillemots, razorbills and more. The islands, which are called Skellig Michael and Little Skellig, feature an early Christian monastery too. Constructed in the 6th century, the complex is precariously perched on top of a 230-metre high cliff. The site has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you’re feeling energetic, you can climb the 600 steps to see the remains.
Of course, these attractions are just a handful of the wonders that Ireland has to offer. There are many more beautiful areas and attractions to explore. For example, no trip to this part of the world is complete without visiting Dublin. You’ll find plenty to keep you entertained in the city, including the ever-popular Guinness Storehouse and the National Gallery of Ireland.
To get the very most from your adventures in this fantastic country, make sure you plan the details of your trip carefully before you arrive.