Top places to visit in Ireland

For those thinking about taking a trip to Ireland, here is a short list of a few of the places that cannot be missed. There is something for everyone, so take a moment to see if any of these places and activities could possibly make your list for your next visit.

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To begin, let's just knock off the most reliable of the old reliables. One of the most popular tourist natural attraction destinations in Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher. Located in Co. Clare, these cliffs run along the Atlantic coast for 8 kilometres offering a breathtaking first glimpse of the island when entering from the Atlantic Ocean. On a clear day you can see the view out to the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins and the Maam Turk Mountains. The highest point on these cliffs reaches 214m at Knockardin close to O'Brien's Tower.

Commonly combined with the Cliffs of Moher is The Burren. This beautifully unique landscape is covered in limestone karst plates making it a sight that is hauntingly beautiful. The European Union has designated most of it as a Special Area of Conservation. Flora and megalithic remains are scattered throughout the land, with Poulnabrone dolmen being one of the highlights of the entire area. To really experience the isolation and remoteness of the Burren it is recommended that you visit on the off-season or early in the morning during peak tourist season.

Staying with the west coast theme, the Aran Islands off the coast of Co. Galway are well worth a visit. Those wanting to experience the more rural side of Ireland and listen to Gaelic will get a unique insight into the Ireland of years gone by. Inishmore is the largest of the three islands and it makes a great place to cycle. This island is home to the Dun Aengus Fort with what is left of a stunning fort dangling right on the cliffs' edge. Inishmaan and Inisheer each offer unique attractions and are commonly used as places for artists to find inspiration.

The Ring of Kerry is a 179km picturesque ring that weaves in and out of breathtaking landscapes of mountains, lakes, rivers, romantic castles and villages and through the gap of Dunloe. Make sure to spend some time exploring Killarney National Park and walking through the picturesque mountains and hills. The Ring is commonly driven around but for those of you that enjoy cycling this is commonly done as well.

Co. Meath offers the Boyne Valley World Heritage Site which includes Newgrange, Dowth and Knowth which are all Megalithic ancient passage tombs. Newgrange was built around 5,000 years ago which mean that it dates back to be older than historical sites like the Pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge. As you explore this area you will find yourself trying to answer the mysteries that surround how and why it was built the way it was.

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