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Ireland has so much to offer that we often forget that there is more to this beautiful country than Guinness beer and the band U2. Here are just a few of the areas that are a must see when driving Ireland from Coast to Coast.
The Giant Causeway. This ancient, yet dramatic attraction is visited by so many and it’s wonder because it is a natural wonder created by Mother Nature. It is just a one day trip straight from Belfast and it has over 30,000 rock formations to walk, hike, and explore.
Aran Islands. These beautiful islands offer a true Irish experience where most of the locals still speak the Gaelic language. There are many beaches and the amazing coast is gorgeous and lined with cliffs that make a great backdrop for photos. But, here you will leave your car behind because the roads are for walking and hiking. Pick up an original Aran sweater here too.
Cooley Peninsula. Here you will find the Mourne Mountains and and stunning view from the most northeastern tip of Ireland. This is a mainly a tourist-free locale where you walk the coastline and find some of the most beautiful scenery that Ireland has to offer.
Dublin. Of course you can not miss the bustling city of Dublin. Hit Grafton Street for some shopping and then Guinness Storehouse for a few pints. The music and pubs throughout the downtown will give you a true “taste” of an authentic Irish experience.
Dublin. A trip to Ireland is not complete until you spend some time in this vibrant city. The Temple street district is where you will find the most action.
Galway. On the western side of the country you will find a more cultural side of Ireland.
Who knew that this little city is known to be one of the sexiest in the world. Visit the medieval Cathedral that is adorned with beautiful archways, and if you take a short drive you will find yourself in Connemara National Park. Here there are incredible mountains to hike, vast marshes, and amazing picturesque views.
Clifden. Stay in the western part of Ireland and drive to this small town that is proud to have under 2000 residents. The astonishing Clifden Castle is a must see, but the natural scenery of Connemara National Park here as well will take your breath away.
Cork. Here you will discover a super rich history in the 2nd largest city. Cork is also a main shipping port and has one of the biggest international airports in Ireland. Such a wonderful culture here even though the population is over 100,000.
Kilkenny. This medieval city is the site of a gorgeous castle that is the center view on the River Noir. After visiting Dublin and Cork, you have to drive to this city that is so full of history dating back to the 13th century. Great restaurants and pubs too!