6 Outstanding Counties in Ireland

6 Outstanding Counties in Ireland

Ireland is nothing short of fulfilling with striking landscapes and visions of natural allure. The Atlantic brings welcome, warm geothermal gusts and the rare geological wealth is astounding. The dramatic diversity of landscapes, from cities to mountains, is mesmerizing and a boon for tourism. Contrasts throughout counties are esteemed, from rugged coastlines fringing island clusters to ancient boglands alongside lily-covered meadows. Sacred associations, fiery history, and some of the most unique people in the world merge together creating a destination rich with fascinating, friendly culture perfect for the curious and adventurous traveler.

6. County Antrim

Perhaps one of the best-known Irish counties, County Antrim is Ireland’s capital and a gem of a place. Belfast is here, strongly shaped by politics and history, and home to some of the most witty and interesting people in Ireland. The treasures are never-ending: sports, dance, culture, arts, attractions, shopping, and historical landmarks play key roles in the city’s busy tourism sector. Belfast’s most famous pub, The Crown Liquor Saloon, is an old world setting and one of the most impressive pubs in the world. Victorian architecture meets vibrant tiles, hand carved oak screens, painted and stained glass, and private booths alongside the breathtaking bar. Classical Renaissance style City Hall and The Linen Hall Library packed with work from important Irish authors are also must-sees. Traveling out of Belfast, the world-famous Causeway Coastal Route and Giant’s Causeway are incredible natural wonders surrounded by castles, historic bridges, and postcard-perfect vistas.

County Antrim

5. County Clare

On the west side of Ireland is County Clare, filled with dreamy seascapes, cliffs, preserved landscapes, caves, and lakes. The 700-foot high Cliffs of Moher facing the wild waters of the Atlantic are part of The Burren, an ancient karst landscape spanning more than 500 square miles, appearing as an otherworldly sight the county’s northwest. The Cliffs of Moher are majestic, and run along Clare’s west coast for more than 10 kilometers with sandstone and shale ledges creating homes for myriad bird species and are a point where views of Connemara and the Mountains of Kerry come into play. Folk Park and Bunratty Castle are authentic attractions from the Middle Ages attracting tourists from around the world. Discovered in the 1940s, tours of Alwee Caves showcase underground waterfalls, deep caverns, stalactite and stalagmite formations. The caves even house the remains of now-extinct 1000-year-old brown bears.

County Clare
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