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10 Best Places To Visit In Ireland – Travel Video

From its rich Celtic culture to the 
breathtaking beauty of its varied landscapes,   Ireland is a travel destination that lives up to 
its nearly mythic reputation. The Emerald Isle   really is that green, the sights are 
truly spectacular and the people are   genuinely friendly. Despite its small size, 
bustling cities and sprawling suburbs,   Ireland still boasts stretches of roads 
and trails where visitors can feel as if   they have the island all to themselves. Here’s 
a look at the best places to visit in Ireland: Number 10. Galway. West Ireland’s largest city, Galway is 
best known for its art galleries and shops,   most of which are located along the winding 
lanes and cobblestone streets of the city’s   charming medieval quarter. With several live 
music venues and a thriving pub scene, Galway is   considered a major center for traditional Irish 
music as well. The harbor city is also known as   one of the few places left in Ireland where the 
Irish language is still spoken on the streets. Number 9. Aran Islands. Located off the west coast of Ireland at the 
mouth of Galway Bay, the Aran Islands have   attracted visitors for centuries. Isolated from 
the mainland, inhabitants on the islands have   maintained a more traditional lifestyle than 
in other parts of Ireland, offering visitors a   glimpse into the country’s rich past. The three 
islands are dotted with prehistoric forts and   early Christian sites, while the coast offers 
spectacular views from limestone cliff tops. Number 8. Kinsale. Known as “the prettiest town in Ireland,” Kinsale 
is nestled at the mouth of the River Bradon,   famous for its particularly colorful 
brightly painted rows of shops   which make simply walking around town 
a joy. But there’s history here too:   the remains of the 17th century James’s Fort 
lies on one side of the river, while opposite   is the even older Fort Charles. Nearby is 
the Old Head of Kinsale, a rocky outcrop   that juts dramatically into the Celtic Sea, 
complete with a 17th century lighthouse. Number 7. Dingle Peninsula. The Dingle Peninsula encompasses the westernmost 
tip of Ireland, offering visitors the appeal of   a far-away destination with the convenience of a 
nearby town. The landscape is dotted with remnants   of Bronze Age settlements, prehistoric stone 
markers and more than 500 monastic stone huts.   The monks who dwelt in the so-called beehive huts, 
helped keep learning alive during the Dark Ages.   Surfing and windsurfing are popular activities 
on the peninsula’s beaches while Dingle Town,   with its lively pub scene, offers fun 
and relaxation at the end of the day. Number 6. Glendalough. Just a few kilometers to the south of Dublin 
lies Glendalough, a monastery founded in the 6th   century by Saint Kevin, a hermit monk who figures 
prominently in traditional Irish legends. Situated   near two lakes in a glen surrounded by forests, 
visitors are drawn by the area’s scenic beauty as   well as its rich history. The largest structure 
in the monastery is an unfinished 9th-century   cathedral, but it’s the Round Tower that many 
visitors find the most striking. Equipped with   a pull-up ladder, the 30-meter tower served 
as a last-resort refuge during Viking raids. Number 5. Giant’s Causeway Situated at the base of steep cliffs 
on the northeast coast of Ireland,   the Giant’s Causeway is a natural rock formation 
that does indeed look as if it were fashioned by   giants. The honeycomb formation of hexagon-shaped 
basalt columns appears too geometrically perfect   to have been shaped by nature. It actually took 
60 million years of tectonic plate movement,   lava flows and erosion to fashion the 
stepping-stone columns into their present shape.   Cliff-top trails offer great views of the rocks, 
and a flight of steps leads down to sea level. Number 4. Killarney National Park. Scenic Killarney National Park has to be on 
your Ireland itinerary. Not only is the park   home to a sprawling ivy-covered mansion and a 15th 
century castle, but also a captivating landscape   that makes up a biosphere reserve. With 
its three magnificent lakes and Ireland’s   biggest expanse of indigenous forest, the 
beautiful scenery of Killarney National park is   captivating. The best way to experience Killarney 
is to take a drive along the 11 kilometer road,   through the Gap of Dunloe and across 
a landscape sculpted by glaciers. Number 3. Bru na Boinne. Remnants from Ireland’s ancient past are found 
all over Ireland, but the Brú na Bóinne mounds   in Boyne Valley are not to be missed. Three 
of the 5,000-year-old burial mounds have been   fully excavated and are open to visitors. With its 
carved granite boulders and white quartz façade,   Newgrange is the most striking. During the 
Winter Solstice the passageway, along with   the inner chamber, is illuminated by the sunrise 
that streams through a roof box at the entrance.   For 15 minutes the sun explores and bathes the 
decorations in a rich amber light, and then fades. Number 2. Dublin. The capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin 
is surprisingly large for a country with a total   population of around five million people. A city 
with a thousand-year-old past, Dublin is both an   historical city and a bustling modern-day port. 
Historical attractions include Dublin Castle,   a Norman fortress built in 1204, and St. Patrick’s 
Cathedral, completed in 1260 and still the   nation’s largest cathedral. Whether exploring 
the James Joyce Museum or swapping stories with   locals over a pint of Guinness, a visit to 
Dublin is a unique and memorable experience. Number 1. Cliffs of Moher. Located in Ireland’s County Clare, the 
Cliffs of Moher are an awe-inspiring sight.   The coastal cliffs are made up of steep 214 
meter stone and run for 14 km. From the top   of the cliffs, the Aran Islands can be 
spotted across the sparkling waters.   The coastal walking paths along the cliffs 
make for a fantastic ramble among the natural   landscape, where you can glimpse the castle-like 
cliffs. The cliffs have been the subject of many   folk tales and stories, and have been featured 
in numerous films, such as Harry Potter.
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