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Favorite Spots in Ireland?

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  • Favorite Spots in Ireland?

    Hi all,

    I recently took a trip to Ireland and visited Skellig Michael, a World Heritage Site off the country's western coast. It was probably the most amazing place I have ever visited. It is a barren island (covered in puffins!) that housed a colony of monks over 1,000 years ago. I had to climb 700 feet of steep stone steps to see the monks' ancient beehive-shaped dwellings, which are still almost completely intact.

    Ireland is one of my favorite destinations. Does anyone else have any cool Ireland spots to share?

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    Re: Favorite Spots in Ireland?

    I liked Hore Abbey, in Cashel, County Tipperary. Naturally everyone goes to the incredibly well-preserved Rock of Cashel, so imposing on its higher ground. The Rock is solid, but there's something much for interesting about Hore in its ruined state. There's no doubt that a mystical experience -- an old white terrier bade us follow her to the abbey -- helped consecrate my visit.

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      Re: Favorite Spots in Ireland?

      Does Northern Ireland count? I loved the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge on the coast in County Antrim. The bridge is suspended about 100 feet above the water and leads to a teeny little island with great views of the coast. Walking over the bridge was pretty scary to me (you can feel it swaying a bit and I'm afraid of heights), but the views were worth it.

      Nearby is Giant's Causeway, which is really touristy but pretty darn cool.

      In Ireland proper, I enjoyed driving along the Dingle Peninsula -- amazing coastal views. (Hmm, I'm sensing a theme in this post. )
      "I haven't been everywhere yet, but it's on my list." -- Susan Sontag

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        Re: Favorite Spots in Ireland?

        I love Garrykennedy on Lough Derg in North Tipperary. A special something on a summers day.

        Clonmacnoise further up the shannon is also pretty special as is Holy Island in Lough Derg....well worth a visit

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          Re: Favorite Spots in Ireland?

          Originally posted by Metravellongtime View Post
          Hi all,

          I recently took a trip to Ireland and visited Skellig Michael, a World Heritage Site off the country's western coast. It was probably the most amazing place I have ever visited. It is a barren island (covered in puffins!) that housed a colony of monks over 1,000 years ago. I had to climb 700 feet of steep stone steps to see the monks' ancient beehive-shaped dwellings, which are still almost completely intact.

          Ireland is one of my favorite destinations. Does anyone else have any cool Ireland spots to share?
          Skellig Michael -- sounds incredible !

          Dan Howitt

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