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Ireland - Mythic and Magical
The leprechauns may be mythical, but on your Ireland holidays, the sights are just as magical.
First stop: the Cliffs of Moher. Standing tall at 214 m, it stretches for eight kilometers into the Atlantic Ocean; a nature reserve, it's home to flocks of seabirds. O'Brien's Tower is situated here, and from there you can see out into such sights as Loop Head, Galway Bay, the Aran Islands, the Twelve Pins, and the Maum Turk Mountains. Stay until early evening to watch a fantastic display of light as the sun sets, or simply enjoy the sound of waves crashing against the rocks.
Don't miss the newly-opened Atlantic Edge Exhibition, which is tucked into the nearby hills; this features an interactive display about the four "elements" which are related to the Cliffs of Moher: Ocean, Rock, Nature, and Man.
Another natural wonder is the Giants Causeway; according to legend, Finn MacCool, who was one of the protectors of the kings of Ireland, tore clumps from the cliffs and formed the causeway so that he could fight with a rival giant from Scotland. A UNESCO World Heritage site and a National Nature Reserve, the Causeway also has a Visitor Centre where an audio-visual presentation tells of the origins of the tourist attraction.
Visit the Blarney Castle, home to the Blarney Stone, which, as the story goes, one must kiss to acquire the gift of eloquence; you’ll be able to get yourself out of scrapes and into favour in no time! Everyone from presidents to celebrities have tried it out! Of course, the Rock Close and the gardens have their own allure, too.