As you plan your trip to Ireland, I am sure you have created a picture in mind of what to expect but you need to know that there is much more to it than just its stereotypical charms. Ireland is known to be a land of implausible landscapes, amazing geological formations as well as castles. If you are an outdoor lover then Ireland gives you an awe-inspiring experience because of its spine-tingling coastal cliffs, acres of windswept and wild countryside and striking villages. The country offers everything for everyone and that ranges from its Celtic culture to the spectacular beauty of its landscape making it a definite travel destination for you. There are adventures you can’t afford to miss out on while in Ireland and this make up for the top 5 places in your itinerary:
1) Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher is actually the most popular tourist attraction site in Ireland and there is no word that can describe these magnificent cliffs to clarity. It is found in neighboring county Clare and that is about 1.5 hours by car from Galway or Limerick and 40 minutes from Ennis. Its appeal lies in the fact that they stretch for approximately 8 kilometers along the Atlantic and then rise 214 meters. While there you can walk along the trail for a better feel of these iconic cliffs and incredible views.
2) Aran Islands
The Aran Islands are located at the mouth of Galway bay just off the west coast Ireland. They are known as the islands of Inisheer, Inishmaan and Inishmore and have been a great tourist destination from time back. It is an opportunity to experience the country’s culture because the inhabitants are isolated from the mainland and the reason they still practice a traditional lifestyle. The countryside allows for a glimpse of historic forts hovering on cliff tops, rocky coastline and endless sandy beaches.
3) Trinity College
Trinity College is located in Dublin and is the oldest in Ireland and considered as one of the country’s ancient treasures. The university was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592 and while there it brings out another world in itself. Walking in and around the college is a path through ancient time and into the world of scholarly pursuit. Some of the things that enhance its attraction include the extraordinary Book of Kells and the unbelievably Long Room.
4) Ring of Kerry
If you happen to be in Kerry then you should visit its most scenic route is the Ring of Kerry. It’s believed to stretch up to 120 miles through the most amazing landscapes of southwestern Ireland. It’s a chance to explore a patchwork of flourishing meadows, view heather-topped mountains and glacial lakes. There is also more to the Ring of Kerry as it provides highlights like the Kerry way and rugged Beara Peninsula and therefore makes the longest and oldest route.
5) Giant’s Causeway
This is a natural rock formation at the bottom of steep cliffs that appears like it was shaped by giants and is located on the northeast coast of Ireland. It is more of a honeycomb formation with more than 37,000 basalt columns that are hexagon in shape. What’s interesting about them is that they’re geometrically perfect to have been naturally shaped. There are trails at the cliff top that offer a great view of the rocks and also steps leading down to sea level.
These are just some of the few places that will make your trip to Ireland quite memorable but there is actually s much more to it. Some of them you just have to see to believe.