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Beyond Dublin: What to See and Do in Ireland

Ireland is a country that’s surrounded by lush, green countryside made immortal by various films like Leap Year and PS I Love You. Dublin is not all there is to do in Ireland; we look at the list of what else you can see within this country to get you to the countryside.

Within the Republic of Ireland

Cliffs of Moher in County Clare– Cliffs that directly fall in the ocean. Have a photo where you’re peering over the edge if you dare. Harry Potter and the Half blood Prince was filmed here, and you can also board a cruise at the bottom to see it from a different perspective.  This is the most visited tourist destination in Ireland. Within the county you can also visit Bunratty Castle or The Burren, a formation of karst limestone rocks that are dotted in the countryside, perfect for those who loves caves.

The Blarney Stone (Blarney Castle) in County Cork – The Irish are known for the gift of the gab (the ability to talk your way out of any situation or flatter someone), and legend says that if you kiss the blarney stone in Blarney Castle, you too will be showered with the gift. Not too hygienic, but quite thrilling as it involves you dangling over an edge (don’t worry, an attendant will help you) as you kiss the stone.

Ring of Kerry (County Kerry) – a circular tourist route that passes through several Irish villages like Sneem & Glenbeigh, and also passing through some tourist sites like Ross Castle and Muckross Abbey, a church that’s been reconstructed many times due to its violent history.

Killarney National Park (County Killarney) – known for its lakes (loughs), it’s a great spot to take it slow and just be one with nature. This area actually is in the Ring of Kerry, making it a convenient stop.

Fota Island – For those who want to really get away, how about an island getaway within Ireland? Fota Island is the home to the only wildlife park within the Republic, and you can see Fota House & Gardens, both historic in their own right. Want a bit of a luxury travel experience? Head on to the Fota Island Resort, home to a great golf course.

Within Northern Ireland

While typically part of the UK, Northern Ireland is just a quick drive away from Dublin and boasts of many connections with the capital. You can also opt to do a tour of these sights as part of a day trip from Dublin

Giant’s Causeway – Hexagonal rocks that look like artificial, they are the actually the product of volcanic eruptions.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge – what used to be a fisherman’s bridge turned into one of Ireland’s best tourist attractions, the bridge connects the island of Carrickarede to the mainland. It is 20 meters long, and its main draw is its 30 meter drop to the rocks (and water) below.

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