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Ireland

Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle, which really is the truth. From climbing the Cliffs of Moher to night kayaking on Lough Hyne, this is the perfect place for all adventure-seekers. If you fancy something a little more relaxing, don't worry. With one of the most scenic train rides in the world and beautiful cities to explore, Ireland is a country for everyone. 

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Hike the Cliffs of Moher 

 

The rugged beauty of the Cliffs of Moher has attracted visitors for centuries, and you won't be an exception. Stroll along the coastal path, drinking in the stunning sea views. If you think it couldn't get any better, climb up O'Brien's Tower for even more photo opportunities.

 

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Watch the sunset on Killiney Hill, Dublin 

 

After a full day exploring Dublin's delights, head up to Killiney Hill to watch the sunset. With views over Dublin and Wicklow, it's the perfect place to soak in the sky's slow transformation. 

 

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Wander around the Carrowmore megaliths

 

Ireland is a country with great prehistoric importance, and the Carrowmore megalithic site is one of the best places to visit. Wander around the 30 tombs, marveling at structures more than 6,000 years old. 

 

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Visit the Titanic Museum, Belfast

 

Northern Ireland's capital city is full of things to explore, but make sure you check out the striking Titanic museum. Built upon the very slipways of HMS Titanic, this modern museum tells the true story of the ship's sinking in a powerful interactive experience.

 

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Experience the Sligo Food Trail, Sligo

 

Sligo is a seaport and county in the northwest of Ireland, known for its fantastic local gastronomy. Join the Sligo Food Trail to experience many of the region's culinary treats, including oysters, lobster, honey and cheese. 

 

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See the Falls Road Murals, Belfast  

 

Belfast is a city shaped by conflict, and this is seen with the 'Peace Walls' dividing it in two. Erected after the violent conflict known as 'The Troubles', these walls symbolize the city's bloody past. Join a local tour to learn about the murals on both sides of the walls, belonging to either unionist or nationalist areas of the city. 

 

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Read the Book of Kells, Trinity College Dublin 

 

Don't worry, there's not too much reading involved. With its lavish decoration, this 9th-century medieval manuscript is also famous for its remarkable images and is housed in Trinity College, Dublin. While you're visiting, don't forget to look around the Long Room, one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. 

 

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Swim at the Forty Foot, Dublin  

 

Located just on the edge of Dublin Bay, the Forty Foot is a rocky outcrop and one of Ireland's favorite swimming destinations. Join the locals for a quick plunge in the Irish Sea, and get ready to feel the cold!

 

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Pour a pint at the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin  

 

It wouldn't be a visit to Dublin without seeing the home of Guinness, would it? The former fermentation plant of the brewery, this educational experience takes you through the process and history of Ireland's most famous beer. And yes, you do get to try some.  

 

Go night kayaking on Lough Hyne 

 

This is one of those experiences that's just too magical for words. Join a starlit kayaking expedition on the serene Lough Hyne, a saltwater lake in West Cork, and prepare for a night of wonder. If your timing's right, you'll be treated to a bioluminescent spectacle from organisms beneath the water. Watch as both the sky and the water transform in magical light. 

 

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