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Kilkenny

The city of Kilkenny, with population of about 26,000, is located in the south-east Ireland, just 1 hour and a half from Dublin. It's a very popular tourist spot, offering excellent pubs and vibrant nightlife, stylish boutiques, interesting restaurants, beautiful architecture and street-scapes, great shopping and sightseeing opportunities. Kilkenny is Ireland's Medieval Capital and a cultural center, where numerous festivals take place. Worth seeing are the St. Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny Castle and Gardens or the Shee Arms House (housing Kilkenny Tourist Office).

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher
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Sightseeing in Ireland wouldn't fully satisfy first-timers in this country without seeing Cliffs of Moher, located in Couty Clare. The cliffs are one of the best known landmarks and most visited tourist attractions in Ireland. The view of the over 200 meters (660 feet) high cliffs, entirely vertical, is astonishing. Best viewed are from the sea level - there are interesting "cliff cruises", mostly operating from Doolin.

The Burren

The Burren Region in northern County Clare and County Galway offers views of beautiful limestone landscape, unique "stone" panoramas, unseen in other parts of Ireland. There are over 500 ring forts and Neolithic tombs scattered in the region. The Burren is also known for its spectacular flora variety, with 22 native orchid species and some unique plants that don't grow anywhere else in the world. About 40,000 hectares of The Burren have been designated as special conservation areas to protect its flora and fauna.

Connemara

The region of Connemara in the northwest of County Galway is known for its beautiful sceneries, wilderness, flora and fauna as well as Ireland's only fjord at Killary Harbour. The best way to experience and enjoy Connemara is by hiking, biking and walking tours. The top attractions include scenic trails through the mountain range Twelve Bens, partly within the Connemara National Park.

Brú na Bóinne

Brú na Bóinne (Palace of the Boyne) is complex of Neolithic burial sites, standing stones, henges, located west of Drogheda in Counties Louth and Meath. Brú na Bóinne is a popular destination for sightseeing trips and explorations that most tourists start with the visit to its most famous archaeological sites of Newgrange and Knowth that are included in UNESCO World Heritage List. The most interesting - chambered tomb of Newgrange - was built around 5,000 years ago.

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle is located near Blarney village, a few miles from Cork City, in the County Cork. This beautiful medieval castle is famous for the Blarney Stone which attracts hordes of tourists from all over the world. Kissing the stone is believed to give you the gift of eloquence.




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