Thinking of a trip to Ireland? So many people come to this wonderful country and never get further than the city of Dublin. Yes Dublin is a magnificent city and there is plenty to do there, but there is so much more in to see and explore in Ireland than just one city! Here are some suggestions to get you started.
The Giant’s Causeway
The Giant’s Causeway on the north eastern coast of Northern Ireland is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Ireland and is defiantly a must see of you are taking a trip to the Emerald Isle! This unusual but treasured feature of the Northern Irish coastline and is famous all over the world for its 40,000 honeycomb shaped basalt columns caused by a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago.
The National Trust own and manage the site and visitors are able to walk right onto the rocks to really make see this amazing natural feature up close. In the years since the original rock formation, weathering of the rocks has caused really interesting features like the giant’s boot and chimney stacks, named because of how the weathered rocks look. Truly fascinating stuff!
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Cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
From the Giant’s Causeway, make a day of it by walking along the coastal path to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. You will want to pack a picnic to take with you because the bridge is approximately an eleven mile walk from the Causeway, with stunning coastline and wonderful panoramas of the sea to enjoy along the way. It truly isn’t for the faint hearted! The 20 meter long rope bridge is suspended more than 30 meters above the craggy rocks below with just wooden slats and handrails to stop you from falling. It is a very popular and visitors can cross the bridge for a small charge. The view from the bridge is beautiful and the feeling of freedom makes the journey to the bridge really worthwhile.
After a long day out walking in the fresh air, you will want to retreat to your accommodation to relax. There are plenty of high quality options, including lots of great quality holiday cottages in Ireland , from super modern new houses to much more traditional white washed stone cottages. But whether you choose to go camping, or stay in hostels, hotels or a holiday cottage you are sure to be spoilt for choice!
The stunning scenery of County Donegal
The rugged landscape of County Donegal makes it a wonderful place to visit. From the craggy mountains to the dramatic coastlines, the scenery is second to none and makes the area a favourite tourist destination of many. County Donegal is also a hub of thriving Irish culture and language.
Sports enthusiasts are defiantly in for a treat, with world class golf courses and great trails for mountain biking and hiking, activities that the rugged landscape lends itself to. Also County Donegal is a great place to catch a game of Gaelic football.
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