Why do people travel to Ireland?What is so great about the Emerald Isle anyway? Ireland is a place of charm and beauty, suited for every type of traveler! Tenon Tours has compiled a list below of what we believe to be the Top 10 Highlights of Ireland:
1. Cliffs of MoherIn the heart of County Clare, the iconic cliffs that rise up around 700 feet from the ocean are one of the most photographed places in Ireland. The awe-inspiring views of the cliffs will truly take your breath away.
2. Ring of KerryOne of Ireland’s longest and most diverse circle drives, the Ring of Kerry combines jaw-dropping coastal scenery with emerald pastures and villages. Dotted with pristine beaches, islands, medieval ruins, mountains, and loughs.
3. Titanic ExhibitA gleaming and angular museum is now where the Titanic was built in Belfast. Well designed exhibits allow you to explore the Titanic’s construction, to information on passengers, to flickering images of the only film footage of the ship.
4. Guinness StorehouseA beer-lover’s Disneyland, the Guinness Brewery is a perfect place to worship the well known Irish stout. Shaped like a pint glass, rising an impressive seven stories high, the Guinness Brewery offers panoramic views of Dublin-while you sip on the delicious beer.
5. Killarney National ParkYou can easily escape in this wilderness that borders Killarney in County Kerry. From Muckross House, to Ross Castle, to Torc Waterfall, there is a plethora of things to see and do in the park’s boundaries.
6. Rock of CashelOne of Ireland’s most spectacular archaeological sites, the “Rock” sits high on a prominent green hill in County Tipperary. A symbol of power and the seat of kings and churchmen that ruled over the region, the “Rock” offers fascinating insight into Ireland’s past.
7. Aran IslandsVisible from Clare and Galway, the three islands welcome thousands of travelers each year to its desolate beauty. Inishmor, Inishmaan, and Inisheer are perfect day trips for those looking to get away and explore some more peaceful areas of Ireland.
8. BurrenIreland’s rocky and windswept region stretches from northern Clare to southern Galway. A barren and unique limestone landscape that was shaped beneath ancient seas gives visitors a sneak peak into the existence of the challenging lives people tried to make here. It’s truly a remarkable area that’s rich in flora and fauna and offers many activities for tourists. Just don’t take it for granite. 😉
9. Blarney Castle and StoneAre you looking to get the “Gift of the Gab?” Look no further, as you will want to make a stop at the Blarney Castle and kiss the stone to give you eloquence when talking to others. A stone’s (No pun intended) throw from Cork, people will love this stop and all it has to offer-from the gorgeous grounds to the well-oiled souvenir shop.
10. Giant’s CausewayA spectacular rock formation and Northern Ireland’s ultimate treasure. Formed over 60 million years ago, when a thick layer of molten basaltic lava flowed along the valley. As the lava cooled and hardened, it created hexagonal columns. Or if you are superstitious, you believe Finn McCool and Benandonner, two giants, created the Causeway. Whatever you believe, don’t miss this unique spot!
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