Top 5 reasons to visit Ireland

Rock of Cashel

When someone decides to visit a country, they usually do some research about it to know what to expect, and sometimes even to find out why exactly they should visit it. In the case of Ireland, it’s not difficult to come up with reasons why you should visit it as soon as you can. Just think of the amazingly green countryside, the quaint little villages with colorful houses, the bustling towns and cities, amazing nightlife and some mind blowing natural attractions. But if  for some reason you are still undecided, we will help you make up your mind – here are top 5 reasons to visit Ireland.

The Burren

The Burren

If you are a romantic at the core, there’s no way you won’t like the sullen, brooding and isolated beauty of the Burren. The Burren (or Boireann, in Irish) is a vast karst landscape in County Clare, and one of the largest karst regions in Europe. This desolate area has a surprisingly rich flora and fauna, and has some fascinating megalithic structures older than the pyramids of Egypt.

The Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel, a wonderful medieval fortress/castle, used to be the seat of the Kings of Munster in the 5th century. Most of the current structures date back to the 12th and 13th centuries, and the site is home to some astounding pieces of Celtic art.

Newgrange

Newgrange, photo by Pam Ramsey

Although the more famous Stonehenge probably draws much bigger crowds than Newgrange near Dublin, this megalithic monument is estimated to be one of the oldest in Europe. While it is clear that Newgrange has had a great religious significance for its builders, it’s still not known what exactly it was used for. The site is steeped in Celtic lore, and it has the oldest known solar observatory on the continent.

Yeats Country

Yeats Country was named after its most famous resident, the poet W.B. Yeats. It’s obvious that much of Yeats’ work was inspired by the lyrical landscapes of his native country, with the mystical and towering Ben Bulben rock, the isle of Innisfree and Glencar waterfall, and the picturesque expanses of Sligo. Don’t forget to visit Yeats’ grave in Drumhill, even if paying homage to the poet is not one of the top 5 reasons to visit Ireland, exploring Yeats country is.

Aran Islands

Aran Islands, photo by Tallis Keeton

The haunting beauty of these islands has been an inspiration for artists and writers, and the islands themselves have been a repository for the traditional Irish way of life for a long time. The three islands aren’t very hospitable and the few settlements on the Arans are a testimony of human resistance but also respect for the forces of nature.

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