An action-packed vacation awaits you in Ireland. But unlike other destinations, it offers more than just the usual entertainment; its colourful history and rich culture allows you to have a more fulfilling experience of all the tourist sites here.
Cashel of the Kings
Located in Ireland, the Rock of Cashel or St. Patrick’s Rock of Cashel of the Kings is a historic site which holds attraction for art and history lovers. The Munster Kings took control in the 5th century. It was the heart of religious and tribal power for over 1000 years. Unique Romanesque carvings and sculptures can be found in the medieval abbey that sits on a mount of limestone in Tipperary. The art celebrates the visit of St. Patrick in 450. In 1101, the fortress was donated by the King of Munster to the Christian Church. With a unique personality of its own, the striking complex is among Celtic art and medieval architecture’s most extraordinary collection.
The Giant’s Causeway
Declared as the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in 1986, the Giant’s Causeway is an area that came into being as the result of eruption of ancient volcanoes. Irish mythology believes that the causeway was laid by the warrior Finn McCool so as to be able to easily cross over to Staffa Island where his lover resided; similar basalt columns can be found on the island. Many different kinds of seabirds can be found here as it is a haven for them. The area is home to unique and rare plants such as frog orchid and vernal squill. The Giant’s Causeway is considered to be the most popular attraction for tourists in Northern Ireland.
‘Unhesitatingly regarded by the pre-historian as the great national monument of Ireland’, according to Colin Renfrew who is an archaeologist, the Newgrange is located in County Meath. Built in around 3200 BC, Newgrange is older than the pyramids of Egypt, and the Stonehenge. It is a monument in the shape of a circular mound that has chambers and a passageway made of stone. The passageway takes you to a burial chamber that was constructed of dry stone, as mortar had not been invented yet. The graves here were made for the Tara kings, and are soaked in Celtic lore and myth. Its alignment with the rising sun gave it religious significance. The façade of the monument was rebuilt in the 1970s and it is a popular site for tourists to visit when travelling in Ireland.
The Book of Kells
The Book of Kells is also sometimes called the Book of Columba due to its inception in a Columbian monastery. Abbey of Kells was home to this manuscript for hundreds of years, and presently, it is displayed at Dublin’s Trinity College Library. So if you have only enough time to visit one place, then let it be this library where you can view this creation, which is often called the most beautiful book. It is a creation of the 8th-9th century. The manuscript comprises of four volumes. The volumes are vibrant with illustrations and decorations. The colours that were used to write this book were made from substances that were brought in from distant regions. The book is an amalgamation of the texts of the Gospels of Mark, Luke, Matthew and John.
Legend believes that kissing this stone will give the kisser the ability to be eloquent and great at flattery. Visitors from all over are attracted to visit the castle, walk in its gardens, and kiss the stone that is said to gift you with eloquence. John O’Connor Power defines blarney in these words, ‘'Blarney is something more than mere flattery. It is flattery sweetened by humour and flavoured by wit. Those who mix with Irish folk have many examples of it in their everyday experience.' Hanging dangerously upon ancient rock, it is bound to give you an adventurous experience that you will enjoy telling your friends back home. Try to visit the Blarney Castle during the early part of the day as the place is crowded with tourists.
Ring of Kerry
Located in County Kerry, this is the country’s most picturesque route with tourist attractions all around it. It is a circular route that includes of popular spots such as the Staigue stone fort, Ross castle and Ladies view. If cycling or walking interests you more, you can take the Kerry Way which has quieter roads, but an equally amazing route. The route combines the splendour of the peaks with the beauty of the coastline, which is certainly going to take your breath away.
These islands are famous for their beauty that is almost haunting. It is a group of 3 islands that are located in the Galway Bay. The islands invite writers, artists and crowds of curious tourists. You will witness man’s struggle with nature when you visit these islands that have stone forts on their surface and garden walls. If you want solitude, this is your place. Although most of the people on the island can speak fluent English, the primary language of the natives is Gaelic. In addition to being an attraction for tourists, the temperate climate of the island is favourable for the growth of various plants and gives it the longest growing season.