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The Most Scenic Counties of Ireland

County Clare is a county of great natural beauty and wonderful landscapes. It has a rich heritage tradition with some of the finest monuments, buildings and waterways. Clare is also the traditional music capital of Ireland, with year-round music festivals and trad sessions throughout the county.

Midway up the west coast of Ireland is County Galway, the second-largest county in Ireland and one of Ireland`s most popular and vibrant destinations. It is divided into two areas, the rocky mountain area of Connemara called the Twelve Bens, and the plain to the east called Lough Corrib.

County Kerry`s mountains, lakes and coasts have been the picture-postcard image of Ireland overseas! Known as `The Kingdom`, its breathtaking scenery, small villages, mountainous landscape and dramatic seacoast has attracted people to this county since Victorian times.

County Mayo, Ireland`s third-largest, is the Ireland of your imagination, a beautiful region with breathtaking landscapes, many lakes, green and peaceful valleys, and an exciting blend of rugged mountain trails and beautiful beaches set in the Western coastline.

The largest county in Ireland, County Cork, nicknamed the Rebel County, offers something for everyone! Castles and manor houses dot the countryside, each with its own story to tell. The world famous Blarney Castle, allegedly the source of the Irish ability to charm in conversation, is located here.

County Donegal offers some of the most spectacular scenery and stark beauty in Ireland. It offers tortuous country roads skirt stark mountains, rugged sea cliffs, craggy peninsulas, remote Gaeltacht communities, sheep-studded pastures, pristine strands, icy streams and horizons carpeted with bog and heather.
Regions of Ireland
Western Ireland
There is so much to see and do in Western Ireland, comprised of Counties Clare, Galway and Mayo. You will find a winning combination of rugged sea cliffs and sheltered sandy beaches, a myriad of ancient castles, medieval friaries, pre-historic burial sites and traditional Irish music!
South West Ireland
Southwest Ireland stretches from the Ring of Kerry in the south, the Dingle Peninsula in the west, through Killarney and north to Adare, and Limerick City, offering sea and mountain scenery, interspersed with lively small towns and villages plus medieval castles and archaeological sites going back 5,000 years.
South East Ireland
South East Ireland is comprised of Counties Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow, and Wexford. This region has been settled by Vikings and Normans in the past, and is well-known for its beautiful, sunny weather amidst a backdrop of mountains rolling into lush Nore and Suir river valleys.
County Donegal
County Donegal offers some of the most spectacular scenery and stark beauty in Ireland. It offers tortuous country roads skirt stark mountains, rugged sea cliffs, craggy peninsulas, remote Gaeltacht communities, sheep-studded pastures, pristine strands, icy streams and horizons carpeted with bog and heather.
Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, comprises the northeastern sixth of the island of Ireland. Torn apart during `The Troubles`, Northern Ireland has emerged to become one of the largest cultural and economic hubs in the British Isles.
More to Explore

The 111-mile-long Ring of Kerry (Iveragh Peninsula) is a part of the mystical and unspoiled region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. It provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland and a landscape carved out of rock by the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago.

The Emerald Isle of Ireland is the perfect destination for driving, with lots of iconic routes and road trips to experience, offering some of the most dramatic and picturesque scenery in the world. There are lots of charming towns along the way, each worth a stop and a visit no matter the route you choose to explore.

The Heritage Towns of Ireland are towns and villages that offer unique character provided by a combination of architectural styles, often spanning many centuries, which gives them a special feeling for the past.
Experiences & Adventures
Ancient Ireland
The island of Ireland is thought to have been inhabited from around 6000 BCE. Many sites from ancient times are still in existence, such as the collection of art at the Rock of Cashel; the Hill of Tara, the seat of power of Ireland`s kings; and the megalith Newgrange which is even older than Stonehenge in England.
Irish Castles
Ireland`s countryside is dotted with castles (at one time over 30,000 of them!) that range from romantic castles and towers that are in ruins to stately chieftain castles and Irish castle hotels. They are all filled with character and history.
Irish Gardens
The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have some of the most beautiful public and private gardens in the world. Whether you`re in Dublin or the Gaeltacht, we recommend that you take time to `stop and smell the roses` during your journey.
Cities in Ireland
Ireland and Beyond
NATURAL IRELAND

Ireland is world-renowned for offering the traveler some of the most beautiful landscapes and scenery in the world, from emerald-green grasses leading to cliffs overlooking the Atlantic to mountain peaks, labyrinthine caves, pristine beaches, and crystal clear waterways. Ireland enjoys over 714 miles of spectacular coastline, surrounded by the mighty Atlantic on the west and the Irish Sea on the east. Experience the numerous sights of natural Ireland and savor the feelings they evoke.

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