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Facing Galway Bay on the western seaboard of Co. Clare, the Cliffs are one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Ireland. They were also shortlisted for one of the new seven wonders of the world. Come to Clare and you will see why. Make sure you let your passengers out before you get to the car park. You will get charged for how many passengers you have in your car.
Brú na Boinne is a world heritage site in Co. Meath. The megalithic site predates the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge and is in fact one of the most important prehistoric sites in Europe. Some of the chambers date as far back as 35th century BC. Newgrange is the best known of the tombs at Brú na Boinne. The dead were cremated and laid to rest on large stone basins inside the burial chamber at the end of a long passage. Newgrange is most famous for the winter solstace when the sun shines through a specially built window that illuminates the chamber. There are two more tombs at Brú na Boinne, Dowth and Knowth which are nearby.
The ancient seat of power in Ireland, where the High Kings resided. The Hill of Tara is in Co. Meath near the river Boyne.
'The valley of the two lakes' is one of the most visited and most beautiful places in Ireland. It has a monastic round tower and some scenic lakes, great for long walks.
The lakes of Killarney, Lough Leane, Muckross lake, and upper Lake mostly lie in Killarney National Park. The Black Valley, where the lakes are, is surrounded by mountains including the highest in Ireland, Carrauntoohill (3400ft). While you're down in Killarney you might as well get on the ring of Kerry, a tourist route that takes you from Killarney, around the Iveragh Peninsula, and passing through Kenmare, Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen, Killorglin and back to Killarney. You'll see some of the best views and most beautiful countryside in Ireland in this small area.
They say that there are over 40,000 columns in the Giants Causeway. Not quite enough to make it to Scotland as the legend states but enough to make an impressive walkway into the sea. A must see when visiting the North.
The Burren in Co. Clare is famous for its beautiful limestone landscapes and also for its unique flora. Aillwee caves near Ballyvaughn is a great example of a cave system in this region and is many centuries old.
Bunratty Castle is a medievel fortress from the 15th century restored to its former glory in the 20th. There is also a folk park in the surrounds of the castle which recreates a scene from 19th century life. A unique experience.
In the Burren, Ailliwee Cave is probably the most famous cave in Ireland, and one of the oldest. You will be taken on a 30 minute walk through the cave where you will see waterfalls, stalagtites and stalagmites, and Brown Bear bones.
Marble Arch Caves
Marble Arch caves in Fermanagh include an underground boat trip.
Dunmore Cave in Ballyfoyle, Kilkenny is a fascinating and dark cave. There are still bones of the victims of a Viking raid in 928 scattering the ground. There are three chambers to explore.
Crag Cave in Castleisland, Kerry is another limestone cave, the formations are spectacular, full of stalagtites and stalagmites.