Ireland, the "Emerald Isle," is sure to put a sparkle in your eye. You'll love its friendly people, laid-back culture, often-tragic yet fascinating history, and its rugged, romantic landscapes. This is "the land of saints and scholars" and boasts more Nobel Prize winners for literature than any other country in the world. Dublin was designated a UNESCO City of Literature in 2010, the state museums , there are endless outdoor pursuits to enjoy countrywide such as horse riding, golf, and sailing to name a few, remote wild islands to explore, and of course, the famous Irish "craic",
Trinity College:Ireland's oldest university, Trinity College in
Dublin is one of the country's ancient treasures. Founded in 1592 by Queen
Elizabeth I, Trinity is a world within a world, once you enter the gates and
cross the cobblestones it's as if the modern thriving city outside simply melts
away. A stroll in and around the grounds is a journey through the ages and into
the hushed world of scholarly pursuit. Many shop and office workers take their
lunchtime sandwiches here during summer months simply to escape the hustle and
bustle outside. The college is famed for its priceless treasures including the
awe-inspiring Book of Kells (on permanent exhibition) and the
mind-boggling Long Room (the inspiration for the library in
the first Harry Potter movie).
The Cliffs of Moher:So many superlatives have been used to describe these magnificent cliffs it's hard to find the right words. Vertigo-inducing and awe-inspiring spring to mind and they are indeed both of these things as well as being utterly wild and ruggedly beautiful. For those who've read up on the Emerald Isle prior to visiting, the cliffs will be familiar, starring as they do in countless postcards and guidebooks. Yet no image can ever do them justice. This is Ireland's most visited natural attraction and with good reason. About one and a half hours by car from Galway, in neighbouring County Clare, the cliffs are visited by close to a million people from across the globe each year. They stretch for eight kilometers along the Atlantic and rise some 214 meters at their highest point. Take a walk along the trail to experience the raw power of nature at its most majestic.