Ireland has long held a reputation for inspiring writers, poets and artists with its colours and beauty.
Make your visit to Ireland a lifetime experience by seeing some of the most inspirational places in the world.
Here are 6 of the Most Inspirational Places to Visit in Ireland
1. Giant's Causeway in Antrim is a geological wonder and one of a kind. The Causeway is an expanse of more than 40,000 hexagonal columns resembling a super-sized pathway formed by volcanic activity between 50 and 60 million years ago. The legend has it that the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site comprises of rock laid by Irish warrior Fionn mac Cumaill to use as stepping stones across the water to fight the Scottish giant Benandonner.
2. Dingle Peninsula is in an Irish-speaking western corner of county Kerry. At its fulcrum is the popular fishing town of the same name, a bustling local community thronging pubs and shops, and which hosts lively events such as Other Voices music festival and the Dingle Food Festival. The drive around Slea Head with its views of the Blasket Islands, and Sybil Head where Star Wars: The Last Jedi was filmed, and Coumeenoole Strand the location of 1970's classic movie, Ryan's Daughter by director David Lean.
3. Newgrange is one of Europe’s most remarkable Neolithic archaeological sites and older than the Great Pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge. This large sized passage tomb in county Meath dates from 3,200 BC and, through a feat of ingenious Stone Age design, its main chamber is illuminated once a year (clouds permitting) on the solstice in late December. At this time, a small slit over the entrance lines up with the rising winter sun. Newgrange forms part of the larger Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage site. located on a bend of the River Boyne, one of the most important clusters, linking a series of prehistoric sites in Europe.
4. Rock of Cashel in the county of Tipperary is a partly ruined set of ecclesiastical buildings that include a 13th-century cathedral, once the seat of the High Kings of Munster. It's one of Ireland’s most imposing historic sites, sitting on top of a jagged outcrop with the velvety green landscape of County Tipperary unfolding beneath.
5. The Cliffs of Moher in county Clare are the world’s longest defined cliffs. They tower 702ft above the water for almost nine miles along the County Clare coast. The view they offer over Galway Bay and out to the Aran Islands are breath taking, as is the seascape seen from the 5 mile coastal Doolin Cliff Walk. The wise traveller will try to schedule their visit towards late afternoon when the crowds lessen and you can be rewarded with an Atlantic sunset.
6. Glendalough in Wicklow county is an ancient monastic settlement and pilgrimage site, whose name means ‘glen of two lakes’ and was founded in the 6th century by Saint Kevin. The centrepiece is the 100ft round tower of Glendalough, sitting alongside its two lakes, that are situated in a glacial valley and bordered by the steep slopes of the Wicklow Mountain National Park. The settlement is linked to a vast network of walking and hiking trails in all directions, including the long-distance Wicklow Way.