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Sunrise on the mystical and majestic Hill of Tara Photo by: Google Images

The ten best places to visit in Ireland (PHOTOS)

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Sunrise on the mystical and majestic Hill of Tara Photo by: Google Images

Ireland is full of incredible, majestic places, and sometimes it's hard to know where to start planning your itinerary.

We've selected 10 of the most incredible sights to take in while you're travelling the country. Which have you seen?

The Hill of Tara

This historic site was famously the seat of the High King of Ireland during the 6th Century and today still has the remnants of stunning ring forts and a Neolithic Passage Tomb. The Smithsonian Museum has listed it as one of the top 15 endangered cultural treasures in the world.

Above is the legendary ‘Stone of Destiny’ that would scream when a would-be king touched it upon completing a series of challenges. You don’t get better in terms of mythology and magic than the Hill of Tara.

The Giant’s Causeway



This stunning display of over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns – the result of an ancient volcanic eruption – The Giant’s Causeway in Antrim is a world wonder.

Legend says that it was originally built as a bridge to Scotland by Irish warrior Fionn Mac Cumhaill, but was ripped apart by Scottish giant Benandonner. Look out for some of the interesting structures such as the Giant’s Boot, Chimney Stacks and Camel’s Hump that have occurred after years of weathering.

The Skelligs

These two islands located off the Iveragh Peninsula in Kerry are veritable bird sanctuaries. With thriving Puffin and Gannet populations coexisting with a 6th century Christian monastery on Skellig Michael these steep and rocky wonders are beautiful yet mysterious.

The larger island has been designated a world heritage site by UNESCO and if you take a boat tour of these wonders you'll be in with a chance to spy seals, basking sharks, dolphins, beaked whales and even leatherback turtles if you get lucky.

The Aran Islands

Another set of off-shore beauties are the Aran Islands, a shrine to a bygone Ireland. These three islands, located off the coast of Galway Bay are still populated by mainly Irish speakers and maintains a fairly temperate climate throughout the year.

The ancient forts on Inis Mór and Inis Meáin are some of the oldest archeological remains in Ireland and you'll find remnants of an old way of life here that might not be apparent on the mainland. This is a trip well worth making!

Killarney National Park

This beautiful parkland was the first area to be designated as a national park in Ireland and contains forest, lakes, mountains, and Ireland's only herd of native red deer.

You'll find many rare breeds of animals and plenty of ecological marvels within its boundaries, along with stunning vistas, woodland and bogland – and you can even catch a ride on a horse and cart to enjoy the view in style.

The Burren

The spectacular Burren area in County Clare

The Burren is renowned for its rugged, natural beauty – a 'Karst' landscape of limestone pavements formed as a result of glaciation. Its unusual structure supports Mediterranean, arctic and alpine plant life side by side, giving it a rather unique appearance.

Like Killarney National Park you'll find rare Irish species residing in The Burren that are unheard of anywhere else in the country. Portal tombs and caving opportunities make it a popular spot for tourists to see some stone age monuments or get their hands dirty.

The Cliffs of Moher

Ever the iconic image to sum up Ireland's beauty, the Cliffs of Moher stretch along the Clare coast, rising 120 metres above the Atlantic Ocean.

On a clear day it's hard to find a more magnificent sight, seeing the cliffs jut out for miles. Just make sure not to walk too close to the edge!

Kylemore Abbey

Rising out of the forest on the banks of the Pollacapall Lough, Kylemore Abbey looks more like a fairytale castle than a Benedictine monastery. This is a magnificent building containing 33 bedrooms, a library, a gun room and a smoking room along with extensive Victorian gardens built during its time as a private estate.

The Abbey was a boarding school for girls for many years, but now opens only as an attraction.

Glendalough

For the people who invented the word 'glen' - Glendalough, County Wicklow

Just an hour's drive outside Dublin, this beautiful monastic settlement dating back to the 6th century is surrounded by lakeland. The famous round tower was once a place of refuge during times of attack, and the monuments surrounding the picturesque Upper Lake include amazing remnants of churches and enclosures.

There are plenty of stunning lake walks to take and the more adventurous can try rock-climbing on the surrounding crags.

The Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry refers to a tourist trail spanning over 170km that takes in some of the best of southwest Ireland. The circular road passes through the unparalleled beauty of places like Muckross House, Torc Waterfall, Moll's Gap and the Ogham Stones, and represents the perfect day trip when the sun comes out.

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