With its emerald green hills and jagged coastline, Ireland is one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe. The gorgeous scenery is complemented by vibrant cities like Dublin and Belfast and the ever-welcoming Irish hospitality.
You'll make many friends in Ireland, whether over a beer or whiskey or wandering through the many towns and cities in the country. The natural surroundings make Ireland an ideal place for outdoor activities such as hiking, sailing, kayaking, horseback riding and even surfing.
Ireland also has its share of ancient history, and you can still see ruins of structures built thousands of years ago.
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Ireland's stunning scenery encompasses dramatic and varied landscapes, including peat bogs, rolling green hills, dramatic mountains and rugged coastlines. On the Beara Peninsula, you can visit a number of archaeological sites while enjoying the scenic views.
The Ring of Kerry offers up gorgeous countryside, making it an extremely popular destination. Also popular, the Killarney National Park is filled with wildlife and plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking and climbing.
The Connemara region features the majestic Twelve Bens mountain range along with sandy beaches along the Atlantic coast. In the northwest, Donegal offers rugged, wild coastlines showcasing Europe's tallest sea cliffs.
For a change of scenery, take a walk through Slieve Blooms, Ireland's largest blanket bog, with tranquil scenery that provides an escape from the tourist crowds.
Dublin to Belfast
Not to be outdone by the beautiful scenery, Ireland's cities are equally impressive. Dublin, the capital, is a fun, vibrant city full of museums, parks and friendly Dubliners who will ensure you have a great time.
In the North, Belfast is quickly shedding its rough reputation of the past and turning into a city you don’t want to miss—with historic pubs, upscale shopping, high-end restaurants, hip hotels and a vibrant nightlife. Cork, the cultural center of southern Ireland, plays host to many arts and music performances and festivals through the year.
No matter what city you visit in Ireland, make sure you take the time to have a pint or two in a local pub. Enjoy the Irish hospitality, beer and whiskey and you’ll likely to come away with new friends.
While you're in Ireland, don't miss seeing some of the awe-inspiring ancient wonders that exist throughout the country. Ireland is home to one of the world's most famous prehistoric sites, Newgrange, a massive passage tomb more than 5000 years old. Nearby are the ruins of the Hill of Tara, the ancient seat of power in Ireland.
Ireland also has its share of castles, including the Rock of Cashel, one of the most beautiful archaeological sites in the country. Also spectacular are the monastic ruins of Clonmacnois built in 548 AD and overlooking the River Shannon. When you make your visit to kiss the Blarney Stone as many visitors do, make sure you take the time to look around Blarney Castle as well.