For its small size, Ireland packs quite a punch when it comes to its wealth of offerings. Whether its the extensive expanse of stunning scenery, glorious history showcased in grand monasteries and palaces, great chart-topping music or the bonhomie of the locals, Ireland will knock you out.
Low-lying mountains, navigable rivers, and a stunning coastline combine to give beautiful Ireland its unique character. Catch your breath as you take in the splendor of the dramatic Cliffs of Moher rising 203m from the sea near Clare County or head out to the Mizen Head Signal Station near Cork for some more jaw-dropping scenery. Better still, get behind the wheel and explore the entire length of the 2,500km Wild Atlantic Way. There is much about the coastline along this scenic route to leave you spellbound. From jagged cliffs, secluded coves, to stretches of enticing sand and surfing havens like Rossnowloagh, you won’t regret the trip.
Head inland to traipse through more of Ireland’s natural beauty in comfortable walking shoes, the best way to experience the countryside. Quaint villages, barren bogs, rolling meadows, and some interesting rock formations will greet you along your wanderings. Be prepared to lose yourself on the purple moors of Connemara National Park or gape in wonder at the majestic Mourne mountains on your explorations.
Go far back in time to Ireland’s past at the largest Stone Age cemetery in Europe at Carrowmore in County Sligo. Stone circles and dolmens, passage tombs and about 30 monuments make up this haunting site. Further along in time is another interesting necropolis from the Neolithic times, the Brú na Bóinne (the Boyne Palace). This historic complex which is ten centuries older than Stonehenge is quite a revelation.
Once you’ve had your fill of the rural outdoors, head to Ireland’s iconic cities to enjoy its past and present. While Ireland’s liveliest city, Galway will have you singing or dancing the night away, Cork will add a few inches to your waistline with its culinary delights. Dublin, has layers of history that are just waiting to be peeled off and explored whilst you indulge in some lively chatter at an Irish pub over a pint of Guinness.