Ireland, famously known as the “Emerald Isle” is a welcoming place for any visitor while being culturally rich. It sparkles the eyes of the Irish tourists with its nonchalant culture, affable people, often terrible yet captivating history and its uneven, adoring landscapes. Historians look no further, for Ireland is a place not to be missed in their life time. It is a home for scholars and saints and boasts with the highest number of Nobel Prize winners for literature in the world. There are several destinations to visit in Ireland – from the Giant’s Causeway for celebrating the untouched natural beauty to windswept Cliffs of Moher to the Aran Island which is drenched with rains. For historians, there are several places that interest them. Some of them include the Hill of Tara inn Country Meath or Newgrange. Apart from these countryside and rocky attractions, Ireland has plenty to offer for its tourists to visit like the Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College in Dublin.
Here’s a pick of top 5 destinations that is sure to interest every Irish tourist.
The Boyne Palace
Also known as Brú na Bóinne, The Boyne Palace- a designated world heritage site is situated in County Meath and nestles few of the most significant historic locations and monuments in Ireland. It is characterised by the huge megalithic historic passage tombs which are graves existing since ancient days – of Knowth, Newgrange, and Dowth. These tombs are much older than both – The Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and Stonehenge in England.
Killarney, Muckross House & Gardens, Co. Kerry
The 19th century Muckross House and Gardens is a must see destination for tourists that visit Kerry region. Situated nearby the shores of Muckross Lake, which is, one of the three Lakes of Killarney renowned across the globe, this former mansion drips the decorum and majesty of departed days. As a matter of fact, Queen Victoria once visited this mansion. Jaunting cars are the popular trips and horse in Killarney which takes the tourists around different places in style. Traditional farms that are adjacent to the mansion are also worth a visit for the tourists can know how the ordinary folks once lived in this destination.
The Giant’s Causeway
It is a costal destination that spreads across 40000 basalt columns closer to the town of Bushmills in County Antrim. This is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Northern Ireland. Folklores say that the place was created by an Irish giant called Finn MacCool which is, by far a myth yet offers more fun to believe whereas in reality, the Giant’s Causeway was a result of the volcanic eruptions that occurred millions of years ago. Regardless of the original way it came into existence, the Giant’s Causeway is one of the best destinations to walk through in the Northern Ireland.
Trinity College, Dublin
One of the most prestigious colleges in Ireland, The trinity college is also considered as the best university in Ireland. It is characterised by several century old majestic buildings and is way ahead of its rivals, architecturally. The college was found in the year 1592 by Queen Elizabeth of England.
Aran Islands, a combined name for the tiny islands, any tour to Ireland is incomplete without visiting these small Islands Inishmaan, Inishmór, and Inisheer. These frozen-in-time and supernatural islands are renowned for their preservation of a rural presence predominantly constant, at least in terms of culture for many centuries. Though electricity may be available in the present times, the way the locales preserve the past in the way their ancestors did is simply astonishing.