1. Cliffs Of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most iconic, and most visited, natural attractions. Soaring more 700 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, they stretch from about the village of Doolin, for nearly five miles to Hags Head in County Clare at the southwestern edge of the Burren region. These imposing, breathtaking cliffs also offer some of the most amazing views in the country.
2. Giant’s Causeway
Giant’s Causeway is actually in Northern Ireland, located near the town of Bushmills, though it’s certainly well-worth making the trek to see it. Flanked by the wild North Atlantic and a landscape of soaring cliffs, this coastal area is made up of about 40,000 basalt columns. Created by a volcanic eruption that took place some 60 million years ago, this incredible site has inspired many artists, stirred scientific debate and sparked numerous myths and legends over the centuries.
3. Dingle Peninsula
The Dingle Peninsula is the northernmost of County Kerry’s major peninsulas and Europe’s westernmost point. Unlike the Ring of Kerry, where cliffs tend to dominate the ocean, here it’s the other way around, with the sea dominating this smaller peninsula. In the backdrop you’ll find a range of mountains that form its spine, running from the Slieve Mish range to Mount Brandon, the country’s second highest peak. Dingle is also known for its high concentration of ring forts and other ancient ruins, though its beauty is what’s most unforgettable.
4. Curracloe, County Wexford
Although Wexford’s coastline is peppered with wonderful beaches, Curracloe has a great reputation as a safe bathing spot. The area has been developed around the beach as a spot for visitors to enjoy. There are also great activities surrounding the beach, such as horse rides along the shore, fishing and water sports. Just north of this beach is where the opening scenes for “Saving Private Ryan” were shot.
5. Bundoran, County Donegal
Bundoran is probably the best known holiday spot in the northwest, now a haven for both serious surfers and the mere fledglings among us, this is a seriously fun and lively town during the summer season. Filled with great bars, restaurants, nightclubs and even fun fairs and a water park, this is an excellent spot to entertain the family.
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