In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat and stay at in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Ireland
A country of incredible landscape, history, myths and legends, Ireland has its fair share of bewildering tourist attractions that you simply have to see. Although listing just 10 places s is quite a challenge, here are the top breath-taking sites in Ireland:
While visiting Dublin, home of some of the world’s greatest writers such as Jonathan Swift, James Joyce, and W.B. Yeats, make sure to tour Trinity College, Ireland’s first university. The Book of Kells, a marvelous 9th century gospel manuscript is on display at the Library, as well as thousands of important old volumes. In addition to going to Dublin Castle, a 13th century fortress, visit the Guinness Storehouse. Apart from learning about the history of Irish beer, sit in some of Dublin’s pubs and enjoy their worldwide famous ale.
One of Ireland’s most impressive sights are the windswept Cliffs of Moher which are five miles long and rise 700 feet above the crashing sea waves. The Burren is located near the spectacular cliffs, a karst landscape and site of one of six National Parks in Ireland. Apart from exploring the nature, check out archeological sites, such as megalithic tombs, Celtic crosses, and a Cistercian Abbey ruin.
The Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, formed between 50 and 60 million years ago by volcanic activity is one of Northern Ireland’s most remarkable landmarks. Also known as Clochán an Aifir, it is an area of 40,000 interlocking hexagonal columns of basalt rock that look like stepping stones.
Once the seat of the kings of Munster, the Rock of Cashel is one of the most stunning archeological sites in Ireland. Brian Boru was crowned here and even St. Patrick visited the place in the 5th century.
Last but not least, the Blarney Castle in one of the country’s oldest castles and one of the top tourist attractions. According to legend, if you kiss the well-known Blarney Stone, you will receive the ‘gift of gab’ – the power to make anyone believe everything you say.