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Ireland sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

Because of wonderful nature, Ireland is often called “the Green land”. Rocky coastline, calm ocean with deep blue water, green valleys and hills – this is a short description of one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. The best way to start your exploration of the country is to visit its capital, Dublin.
Two languages ​​have been officially approved in Ireland: English and Gaelic. The second language is often referred to as Celtic. It is in its …
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The main education centre of the country, Trinity College, is worth closest attention. The age of the college is more than a thousand years. It is located in a beautiful building made in Victorian style. There is a library near the college, which keeps the symbol of Ireland – “the book of Celts”. This is an ancient manuscript of Christian culture and a priceless artefact.
The cities of Galway and Cork are popular tourist destinations. The latter is also the location of an annual jazz festival, so this city is well-known to all music connoisseurs. Galway is famous because of a completely different thing. The city is renowned because of the biggest National Aquarium in the country. The aquarium is home to several thousand species of marine animals. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
The economy of the Republic of Ireland over the past twenty years is gradually gaining momentum. The economic system largely depends on trade. Several …
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Medieval castles remain the most precious architectural landmarks of Ireland. It is possible to see them in every part of the country. Blarney Castle is located on south of Ireland and is famous far beyond the borders of the country. There is an interesting legend connected with the castle. According to it, Saint Patrick (the first Christian preacher) got a magic stone as a gift. The stone is still kept in the castle, and every visitor must kiss the stone, this way expressing respect for culture and traditions of the country.
Galway Catherdral Bunratty is the youngest, but no less popular castle in Ireland. It was built just a couple of centuries ago, but was made in elegant style of early medieval. One of the castle’s halls is used for theatre performances. Various banquets and entertaining performances are also not rare in the castle. Castlerock is one more interesting historic place. Long time ago there was a castle on the rock. That castle was used for crowning ceremonies, most important meetings and events. In the beginning of the 17th century the castle was destroyed by a fire and now only ruins remind of the beautiful building.
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The Ring of Kerry is a widely known natural landmark of Ireland. There is a beautiful coast on one side of the ring and spectacular mountains and crystal clean lakes on the other side. As there are several hotels on the coast, travellers are able to stay in this magnificent place a bit longer and enjoy the splendour of local nature.
Connemara, Co Galway.

History and Entertainment

As the archeological researches have shown, the first settlements on the territory of modern Ireland appeared in the 9th century BC. The researches consider modern Irishmen as descendants of the Mediterranean migrants. They arrived here over one and a half thousand years ago. Farmers were attracted by great areas of fertile lands. The first written references to large settlements here date back to the 4th century BC. Unlike many other modern European countries, Ireland has never been a part of the Roman Empire but is often mentioned in chronicles of the Roman historians.
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The turning point in the history of the ancient country was the adoption of Christianity in the 4th century. Throughout hundreds of years, Ireland had avoided major military conflicts. Only in the 12th century, its territory was conquered by troops of English King Henry II. In 1801, Ireland became a part of Great Britain. It gained independence only in 1949.
This amazing country attracts modern travelers not only with incredibly beautiful nature, but also unique cultural traditions. One of the main national symbols of the country is clover. You can see its pictures on many popular souvenirs. The other national symbol is a bagpipe. Playing this musical instrument really leaves all travelers spellbound. It is especially interesting to watch pipers’ performances on national holidays. The necessary attributes of such musical performances are beautiful national costumes.
The cuisine of Ireland can’t be called sophisticated and refined. Local chefs pay the most attention to the satiety of dishes. Meat and seafood …
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Ireland is famous for its brewing traditions. Local Guinness beer is very popular all over the world. The national cuisine also has a lot of interesting features. Its main peculiarity is nourishing mutton and pork dishes. The most popular side dishes here are potatoes and cabbage in different variations. Spices in the national cuisine are almost not used. The natural flavor of products is appreciated here.
Those who have long dreamed of doing horse sports will definitely like vacationing in Ireland. On the territory of the country, there are several dozens of upscale horse clubs where everyone can take lessons on horse riding. Some clubs are used to hold major international competitions. Horse races are one of the favorite entertainments of local residents.
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Michelin-starred restaurants in Ireland
♥   Restaurant 'Bijou' Rathgar. Type - Modern British. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Bistro One' Dublin. Type - Traditional cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Blairscove House' Durrus. Type - Modern cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Blue Apron' Tullamore. Type - Classic cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Boathouse Bistro' Kenmare. Type - Seafood. On the map   Photos
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Castles of Ireland
♥   Castle 'Athlone Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Aughnanure Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Bailieborough Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Ballaghmore Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Ballinacarriga Castle' . On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in Ireland from our review series

Blasket Islands

From the series “Abandoned places of the Earth with distinct marks of civilization”
In Ireland, there is the empty Blasket archipelago, which flourished until the middle of the last century. Today, you can only see dilapidated houses and occasional herds of grazing animals. The history of the archipelago is very interesting. The first mention of it dates back to 5-6 AD. The discoverer of the islands was the world famous seafarer Saint Brendan Klonfertsky, who first set his foot on the picturesque island. Already in the 13th century, the fortress was built on the largest island of the archipelago. After that, settlements gradually appeared.

The locals has long been prizing an island because of the fertile soil that is ideal for agriculture, as well as extensive meadows that are perfect for grazing livestock. Many locals were engaged in fishing. During its heyday, the … Read all

Inch Beach

From the series “Most fabulous and magic beaches”
The United Kingdom is famous for exotic beaches. There, on the coast of Ireland, you can see unusual places with dark volcanic sand. One of the most amazing coast parts is Inch beach located near the Dingle Peninsula. This wide sandy beach features lots of secluded coves. The place is framed with incredibly spectacular mountain scenery. The sand of dark shade is considered one of the main features of the beach. Under the influence of waves and wind, the sand shows up in the most incredible patterns.

Many experienced photographers treat Inch beach as a perfect place for panoramic photography, because it’s very close to the sea, spectacular mountains, and some of the most extensive pastures in the UK. Inch beach attracts fans of walking through historical places. There are several … Read all

Guinness Storehouse

From the series “Strange, weird and unusual museums amusing its visitors”
Located in Dublin, the Guinness Storehouse (Museum of Beer Guinness) serves as a tourist center for beer lovers for almost ten years. The museum was opened in 2006. The exposition of the original museum is presented on three floors of the large building. On the last floor is the extensive collection of old beer bottles and cans, as well as the advertising leaflet and the posters, with the help of which one can learn the history of beer brewing.

In the spacious rooms of the first floor there is a kind of old beer brewery. Here are the old breweries. This hall will be appreciated by those who like to look at the exhibits closely during the excursion and touch them with their hands. You can switch the levers on the old systems and press the strange buttons.

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Sightseeing in popular cities of Ireland

Dublin
One of the oldest buildings in the city is the “Christ Church Cathedral”. It was built in the 11th century. Over hundreds of years of its existence, the facade of this historic building remained virtually unchanged, while its interior decoration was completely renovated during the last restoration in the 19th century. One of the main secrets of this picturesque cathedral is a cozy patio, decorated in a Victorian style. There are many interesting museums in Dublin. One of the most … Read more
Galway
Since that time, the rule of the de Burgh dynasty that has eventually accepted the Irish culture was established in Galway. The city developed primarily as a trade center. During the Middle Ages, the city's administration was occupied by local merchants' dynasties. Galway's official status was received in 1484, when it maintained close economic ties with England, while relations with Ireland were more than restrained. The situation changed only at the end of the 17th century when Galway was … Read more
Killarney
A very interesting historical symbol of Killarney is the Manor House. It was built in the 19th century for the wealthy Herbert family. There is a farmstead in the nearby neighborhood of Killarney. The luxurious building in Victorian style is impressive in scale; it has 45 rooms. Today, almost all of them are available for tourists to visit. In the manor there is a rich collection of antique furniture, art objects and personal belongings of former owners. Nearby is another interesting … Read more
Waterford
Reginald Tower is the main attraction and the symbol of Waterford. The construction of the tower took place during the reign of the Norman Empire. Nowadays the monument reminds of the greatness and power of the town. Its observation platforms feature stunning panoramic views of the town and its suburbs. Mall City Hall Boulevard is the location of one of the most beautiful buildings in the town. This is a magnificent palace, which construction took place in the Georgian times. The main hall of … Read more

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