When you think of Ireland, you’re probably picturing rain, green rolling hills, leprechauns, and pubs on every corner. While all of these things exist (except maybe the leprechauns, but who knows?), Ireland is much more than the stereotypes that many people associate with it.

Ireland Travel Guide

Ireland, despite its small size and location in Western Europe, has a diverse landscape and terrain, as well as a rich cultural heritage. The Atlantic Ocean has carved out dramatic coastlines, leaving endless unspoiled beaches and rocky peninsulas. Meanwhile, the inland offers rolling green pastures, peat bogs, and quiet lakes. All over the country, you’ll find forts, megalithic tombs, castles, and stone villages.

Everything you’ve heard is true: Ireland is a stunner. The locals need little prodding to proclaim theirs the most beautiful land in the world, and can support their claim with many examples. Everyone will argue over the must-sees, but you can’t go wrong if you put the brooding loneliness of Connemara, the dramatic wildness of Donegal, the majestic mountains of Mourne, the world-famous scenery of counties Kerry and Cork, and the celebrated Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland on your to-visit list.

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History is everywhere, from the breathtaking monuments of prehistoric Ireland at Brú na Bóinne, Slea Head in Kerry and Carrowmore in Sligo, to the fabulous ruins of Ireland’s rich monastic past at Glendalough, Clonmacnoise and Cashel. More recent history is visible in the Titanic Experience in Cobh and the forbidding Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. And there’s history so young that it’s still considered the present, best experienced on a black-taxi tour of West Belfast or an examination of Derry’s colourful political murals.

All of these bear witness to Ireland’s long history, diverse culture, and rich tradition. Pubs and traditional music add to the experience, and many visitors say it’s also the Irish people’s friendliness that makes them want to return.

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