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!! Tourist in Ireland. Where should I go first?

 
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I've never been to Ireland, but I think I would love it there. A few months ago I spoke with a Polish friend who moved there years ago with her family. She convinced me that I would love it there.
This year I didn't travel abroad, but maybe next year Ireland could be on my list. What should I see?
 
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Flora, I've read a lot about the castles and "Kissing" the Blarney Stone!

What do you like to do when on vacation?
 
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I was in Ireland many years (decades) ago. I liked the Southern part, it was almost tropical! Beautiful botanical gardens there. We took the plane to Cork, so we started there.

We went to the North to Donegal along the Western coast. In a few days we saw very different landscapes!
And castles indeed, there are more than only that one with the 'Blarney stone'.
And nice little cottages ...
 
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If you want beautiful landscapes, take a ferry out to the Aran Islands, it is one of the best places I've been in Ireland. It is a little more secluded being islands, so you get some really great experiences there.
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Sounds cool already!
I like sightseeing, nature, but also architecture and art.
Local food, and restaurants in more remote areas, which serve local food.
I sometimes travel with friends, but would be great if it was safe for a woman travelling alone.
I like horse riding! I love to watch horse racing, isn't Ireland like a capital of that? I don't ride racehorses (anymore), but watching them is my guilty pleasure.
And I don't like sleeping in tents.
 
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Flora Eerschay wrote:Sounds cool already!
I like sightseeing, nature, but also architecture and art.
Local food, and restaurants in more remote areas, which serve local food.
I sometimes travel with friends, but would be great if it was safe for a woman travelling alone.
I like horse riding! I love to watch horse racing, isn't Ireland like a capital of that? I don't ride racehorses (anymore), but watching them is my guilty pleasure.
And I don't like sleeping in tents.


Flora, for 'local food' in my opinion there are better countries than Ireland. The food we had there (in guesthouses and B&Bs) was just potatoes with a meat sauce and some vegetables.
But for the rest (nature, architecture, arts, horses) and of course the traditional music and dance, yes, that's why to visit Ireland!
 
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In county Donegal, a wee little town called Glenncolmcille.
Sights include a church, a medieval graveyard, an napoleonic watchtower, the towns pub plays irish music every night. In short, nothing to see but pure Irishness.
Now for the more known sights, it is close to the Slieve League (huge cliffs over the sea), beautiful beaches like Malin Beg.
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