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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.
There are almost 2000 murals in the six counties of Northern Ireland, depicting republican and loyalist beliefs, historical figures and increasingly, peace and respect. Some of the most famous are in Belfast and Derry such as the one below of Nationalist Bobby Sands.
There are many wonderful walking trails and national parks in Ireland:
The Aran Islands have a very similar geological landscape to that of the Burren.
On Inishmore a great walk would be from Kilronan to Dun Aengus and back. Do the loop through Gort na gCapall and then Teampall Chiarain.
There are many churches, temples, and lakes to see as well as the famous fort Dun Aengus and take a small detour to Dun Duchathair, less well known and smaller but just as impressive.
On Inisheer it’s best to walk around the coast from the settled north of the island to the desolate south and around the west. See sights such as as Caislean Ui Bhrian, the wreck of the Plassey, and Tobhar Fainne, a holy well.
The Mourne Mountains are situated in the Southeastern corner of Northern Ireland. The mountains are high and quite steep but easily manageable for fairly fit walkers, with firm ground leading up the hills. Slieve Bearnagh is probably the highlight and the views are spectacular from the summit (739m).
Try the Mourne Wall challenge if you dare. It runs for around 35km across the Mourne Mountains. Some people walk around the wall for a challenge.
Walk to Coum Mahon or the Mahon Falls to enjoy the spectacular waterfall and the surrounding views. It’s a bit of a hard slog but well worth it.
The 'Reek' in Co. Mayo enjoys spectacular views of Clew Bay.
Glenveagh NP, Ballycroy NP, Connemara NP, Burren NP, Killarney NP, and the Wicklow mountains NP.
This museum on Merrion Street in Dublin has galleries of animals from Ireland and overseas, including now extinct animals. Free to enter.
The Archaeology Museum on Kildare Street in Dublin is home to over 2 million artefacts. Free to enter.
Loughcrew Cairns are the largest complex of passage graves in Ireland.
The warrior Queen Maeves' tomb sits in a large cairn atop Knockarea in Co. Sligo.