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There’s a magic to Ireland that you don’t find anywhere else in the world. From the incredibly beautiful coastal routes to the ancient ruins and rock formations it’s no wonder that the likes of CS Lewis, Bram Stoker and WB Yeats were inspired by the epic landscapes that stretch from north to south.
Home to vast mountain ranges, ancient castles, beautiful lakes and miles and miles of unspoilt greenery, Ireland is steeped in myths and legends.
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Drive or hike along the scenic five-mile stretch of the Cliffs of Moher in west Ireland for a memorable day. Rising up to 702ft over the Atlantic Ocean, from here you can spot other areas of natural beauty such as the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, The Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk Mountains.
Wonder at geology at The Burren, an area of mind-bending rocky limestone terrain in County Clare which hosts 635 different plant species, including 22 of Ireland's 27 native orchids, and a number of rare animals such as the carnivorous pine marten and 100 breeding birds.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Skellig Islands float 12km off the coast of south west Ireland. Remote, craggy and full of 6th century monastic history, the twin islands Skellig Michael and Little Skellig have risen to prominence most recently as one of the locations for the latest Star Wars film.
The former is a great place to go surfing and has a Blue Flag award for it's pristine sands, and the latter is National Trust-protected white sandy beach that you could end up sharing with freely roaming cows!
Get your heart pumping by crossing the intimidating Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in Country Antrim, Northern Ireland. The bridge dates back to the late 18th Century and the area itself is a great place to spot dolphins and basking sharks.
Pause for thought at the stack of unusual boulders that form this weird yet wonderful rock formation over the Giant's Causeway Coastal Path in Northern Ireland. After exploring the site, head to the nearby Bushmills whisky distillery to warm your cockles.
While away the hours under the sunshine at Coral Beach which looks like it has been plucked straight from the tropics. The unique beach on the west coast of Ireland is made up of rare type of coralline algae known as maerl and is under strict conservation.
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Boyne Palace in County Meath is a designated World Heritage Site and
homes enormous megalithic ancient passage tombs older than both
Stonehenge in England and the Pyramids in Egypt. Visit in late December
to witness the Winter Solstice where light beams through the carefully
constructed roof of the 5000 year-old Newgrange tomb.
amazed at the medieval fortress of Bunratty Castle not far from Shannon
Airport. You can take part in a medieval banquet and watch traditional
musicians, but whatever you do be sure to take a snap of the magnificent
castle lit up over a lake at night.