Visitors planning a trip to Ireland may find themselves overwhelmed with the amount of things to see and do. For instance, a whole vacation could be planned around just the Kerry Trail. Ireland is filled with natural wonders like Giant's Causeway; it's known by the Irish as the 8th wonder of the world. It's important to make sure that you allot enough time to see everything that you want to see in this picturesque country.
Cliffs of Moher
The high sea cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most popular attractions. According to the Website Discover Ireland, they have even been shortlisted as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. The impressive cliffs are five miles long and are a truly impressive sight with the crashing sea below. The cliffs were once a sacred sight for ancient Celts and were the hunting ground for the High King of Ireland. On a clear day, visitors can go to the O'Brien observation tower and see County Kerry's Mountains. In addition to the spectacular cliffs, there are numerous wildlife to look out for such as the colony of puffins living in the cliffs.
Cliffs of Moher New Visitor Experience
Cliffs of Moher
011 (+353) 65 708 6141
If you enjoy hiking, you should definitely consider visiting Kerry Way. The Kerry Way is 215 kilometers long; it's Ireland's longest signposted walking trail. The trail begins in Killarney and loops around the Iveragh Peninsula. The terrain varies considerably; it changes from paved roads to countryside. Along the trail, you'll pass many sites such as the Torc waterfall in Killarney National Park and Victorian houses and gardens that are open to the public. The trail takes 9 days to complete, but most people hoping to do the entire trail should allot more time. It's wise to take rest days to visit nearby tourist spots, as it can be quite exerting.
Visitors to Northern Ireland should consider a visit to Giant's Causeway. The Causeway Coast was first documented back in 1693. However, legend has it that it was built by the Irish giant, Finn MacCool. The causeway consists of interlocking columns of basalt at sea level, with the tops of the columns forming almost a pavement. Another unique aspect is that the columns are hexagonal in shape. Some companies offer self-guided and group bicycle tours of the area; other companies offer boat tours that approach the causeway.
Giant's Causeway Visitor Center
44 Causeway Road
011 (028) 2073 1855
Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen
Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.