5 Must See Places In Ireland

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There are a number of famous sites that are considered a must-see when visiting the beautiful Emerald Isle. If you are interested in ancient history, then Ireland is the ideal holiday destination.  It has plenty of evidence of culture and history and sites such as Newgrange, situated in Co. Meath, is just one of them.
If your time is limited, it’s quite difficult to choose what to see and where to go, and that’s why we have decided to help you! Below are five places in Ireland that you must not miss out on.

Cliffs of Moher – is the famous part of Ireland’s west coastline and features some of the most amazing views on the entire island. The Cliffs stretch for nearly five miles long and rise up to about 702 feet over the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Gazing out over the edge, you will see views from the Aran Islands, The Twelve Pins, Galway Bay and Maum Turk mountains. These picturesque cliffs welcome a staggering 1 million people fro all around the world every single year.
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The Boyne Valley – this heritage site includes Newgrange, which was built about 5,000 years ago and is Ireland’s most famous prehistoric site. Boyne Palace, situated in County Meath, consists of significant monuments and historic sites in Ireland.  This historic site is also a nominated World Heritage Site. It is particularly famous for an extravagant event on December 21, known as the Winter Solstice which is the shortest day of the year.  On this particular day the tomb is illuminated by a thin ray of sunlight which shines through the roof box. Visitors that have witnessed this say it is a memorable experience.
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Aran Islands – A visit to Galway would be imperfect without a visit to the famous Aran Islands.  The Island is made up of three small islands; Inishmor, Irishman and Inisheer. They are known for their preservation of an urban existence which has largely been unchanged over the centuries. Visitors will notice that there is some electricity on the islands now, but the ways of the past are still intact and practiced on a day-to-day basis by the locals.  You can rent a bike on Inishmor and cycle around the entire Island. On your tour you will stumble upon ancient ruins, livestock and miniature houses for leprechauns.
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The Giant’s Causeway – is a coastal area of around 40,000 basalt columns near Bushmills in County Antrim, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northern Ireland. The Giant’s Causeway was formed by a volcanic eruption about 60 million years ago.  The Causeway is one of the most interesting and picturesque places to walk through in the North.
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Guinness Storehouse – this popular tourist attraction is an absolute must see attraction for any tourist visiting Dublin, Ireland’s capital. It tells the story of how Guinness is made and how this drink came to be one of Ireland’s best-know exports. It is an amazing building and quite a specticale to witness; its centre is in the shape of a huge pint glass and is made up of seven floors.  On the top floor you can get the most magnificent view of Dublin. After your tour, you will be sure to crave a pint of Guinness!
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So, when you’re planning your next itinerary for visiting Ireland, make sure all of the above are on the list!

Becca Morgan is a freelance blogger an travel addict from Dallas writing on behalf of The Donegal Shop. The Donegal Shop are specialists in Aran Sweaters, Donegal home-spun tweeds and knitted products; a shop that caters for what is essentially the finest of Irish craft and tradition.

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