Ireland is a wonderful little island that attracts people from all over the world and last week we looked at the 27 reasons why people should move back here immediately.
What we find, though, is that when you live somewhere you often don’t make as much of an effort to see the sights in your own country as tourists with a limited amount of time here would. With that in mind I made a list that we can all work through and start appreciating this great country of ours…
1. The Giant’s Causeway is only a couple of hours from Dublin and is unlike anything else you’ll see in the world
2. The intricate, elegant beauty of the Powerscourt House and Gardens
3. Donegal’s Slieve League Cliffs, which are actually part of the Appalachian range as it crosses the Atlantic and reaches our shores
4. Connemara. Every last bit of it.
5. The Cliffs Of Moher, which so many have failed to take a look at despite them being on our doorstep
6. Donegal’s Bloody Foreland shows that it is pretty easy to get away from the crowds in Ireland
7. An ancient site that had a castle for hundreds of years, there’s something magical about the Rock Of Cashel
8. Even the animals in the West are friendly
9. Mizen Head, Co Cork, is as far South as you can go – and it’s absolutely stunning.
10. The Northern Lights can occasionally be seen up in the tip-top of the country.
11. No wonder our food tastes so good with animals that spend their lives literally consuming this sort of landscape
12. The home of the black stuff has a magical feel to it, and is the biggest tourist attraction in the country.
13. Derrynane Beach, Caherdaniel, can feel like your own private beach some days
14. Phoenix Park may be right in the centre of busy Dublin – but those deer ain’t moving for nobody
15. You’re never far from the water even when inland, and Glencar Lake in Sligo is just one stunning example
16. The Conor Pass on the Dingle Peninsula is just another one of those places in Ireland that takes your breath away without fail, no matter how many times you’ve seen it
17. The hedges in Ballymoney, Co Antrim – best known for their appearance in Game Of Thrones.
18. Also in Co Antrim, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge lets you mix adventure with a spectacular landscape
19. Inistioge is a little village that’s straight out of a postcard, and is naturally beloved of movie directors
20. Aileen’s Wave on the west coast is beloved by surfers all over the world – it’s not hard to see why
21. There’s no better way to escape from the rat race than to trek the Skellig Islands
22. Newgrange has had a special role for centuries – and when the winter solstice hits, it’s the only place to be in the country. If you’re lucky enough.
23. Inis Meain, with its handmade stone walls, retains that feel of a bygone era
24.The Old Library in Trinity has over five million books, and has to be one of the most iconic libraries in the world
25. Can you imagine the feeling of freedom riding these horses in Co Mayo?
26. The rural photos steal the show but the capital has its own style, beauty and elegance
27. Achill Island – yet another example of the ceaselessly amazing coastlines of Ireland
28. The Kingdom of Kerry feels like another world up above the clouds in this photo
29. Nephin Beg Mountains, in Newport, Co Mayo, are the perfect escape from all the woes of modern life
30. Ashford Castle is just one out of hundreds of stunning castles across the country
31. Inishowen Peninsula shows that all that rain goes to good use making everything emerald green.
33. Graiguenamanagh is a tiny fishing village that people would – and do – cross the world to photograph
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