Photo Tour of Ireland's Famous Tourist Attractions
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Famous Tourist attractions in Ireland :
The Connemara Countryside
Covering 2,000 hectares of Connemara mountain countryside, this beautiful area is one of Ireland's five national parks. Two short signposted nature trails, which start at the Visitor Centre in Letterfrack, allow views of Ballinakill Harbour, Inishbofin and Inishark. The Connemara countryside is located in Letterfrack, Galway county.
The Cliffs of Moher
Just north of Lahinch, on the coast of West Clare, are the Cliffs of Moher... one of the most breathtaking tourist attractions in Ireland. Boldly facing the Atlantic, the Cliffs of Moher are the highest cliffs in Europe. The cliffs are also the site of ancient buildings once used as watch towers to warn of invading Vikings.
From its vantage point you can view the Clare coastline, the Aran Islands and mountains as far apart as Kerry and Connemara. Even though the kids may find it a little boring, anyone who appreciates majestic scenery is sure to be awed by the Cliffs of Moher.
The Burren, situated in South County Clare and North County Kerry, is a huge area covered in lime stone. Sound boring? On the contrary! The Burren is another tourist attraction in Ireland shrouded in mystery. Plants grow at the Burren that won't grow anywhere else in the world. It's quiet here, but if you can give the Burren Outdoor Pursuit Center a try if you're seeking excitement. You can rock climb its spectacular rock faces, canoe its lakes, or crawl through its caves.
Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone
One of Ireland's oldest and most historic castles, and one of the most famous tourist attractions in Ireland, is in County Cork.
An ancient stronghold of the MacCarthys, Lords of Muskerry and one of the strongest fortresses in Munster, its walls are eighteen feet thick in places.
The famous Blarney Stone is embedded in the Battlements at the top of Blarney Castle. Legend says that with one kiss the Blarney Stone will bestow the 'Gift of the Gab' - the power to talk your way into or out of any situation.
Be prepared! To kiss the Blarney Stone you must be held upside down from the top of the castle while you kiss the stone.
The Dingle Peninsula and the Blasket Islands
The Blasket Islands, located in County Kerry, are red sandstone rocks sprawled in the Atlantic, two miles beyond the westernmost tip of the peninsula.
The smaller islands are Beginish, Youngs Island and Illaunboy. The big islands are Inishmore, Inish na Bro, Inishvickillane, Inishtooskert, and the Great Blasket.
The Great Blasket Island off the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, is known for its historic, cultural and literary heritage. In the 1920's and 1930's, native Blasket writers produced books which have become classics.
- 2. Poulnabrone dolmen in the Burren, County Clare, Ireland
- 3. Ogham Stone at Dunmore Head on Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland
- 4. Four Courts at Night, The Four Courts along the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland
- 5. Gallery of the Old Library at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland
- 6. Slea Head and Blasket Islands, County Kerry, Ireland
- 7. Trinity College in the early evening, Dublin, Ireland
- 8. Stone walls and pastures along Galway Bay , Ireland
- 9. Sunset at the Cliffs of Moher on the west coast, County Clare, Ireland
- 10. Burren landscape in sunset, County Clare, Ireland
- 11. View of valley in County Kerry, Ireland
- 12. Dun Aengus and cliffs on the island of Inishmore, Galway Bay, Ireland
- 13. Ha'penny bridge and River Liffey at night, Dublin, Ireland