• Add these stops to your trip to Ireland

    2013-07-23

    With a rich history, a culture all its own and beautiful natural scenery, there are few countries quite like Ireland. So it should come as no surprise that the Emerald Isle is a popular destinations among globetrotters making their way to Europe. Given the wealth of attractive destinations, it can be difficult to know exactly where to go when planning your itinerary. However, there are a few landmarks in particular that should not be missed, according to Budget Travel.

    Newgrange
    Located in the northeastern corner of Ireland, Newgrange may not seem all that impressive from afar. After all, the prehistoric monument resembles nothing more than a large, grassy mound, but nothing could be further from the truth. Newgrange was constructed more than 5,000 years ago - around 3,200 B.C. - making it older than both the Giza Pyramids and Stonehenge. Nobody is 100 percent certain what it was used for, but most people believe it was a tomb with some sort of religious significance. Visitors who walk through the passageways can literally take a step back in time.

    Davy Byrne's Pub
    There's certainly no lack of pubs throughout Ireland, but Davy Byrne's Pub is among the most well-known. Located in the heart of Dublin, the bar is famous thanks to its inclusion in the James Joyce novel "Ulysses." Today, it attracts literature enthusiasts from around the world who want nothing more to sit down with a pint where the iconic Joyce protagonist did the same.

    Glenveagh National Park
    You'd be remiss if you did not take some time to admire the pristine Irish countryside, and Glenveagh National Park is one of the best places to do just that. Situated on the country's east coast, the remote park offers a respite from the bustling city streets of Galway and Dublin. The park's biodiversity is hard to beat, with animals such as red deer and falcons, but it is especially appealing if you're looking to go hiking. There are seemingly countless trails to choose from, but one of the best is the Derrylahan Loop. At just under five miles it is no especially challenging, but still offers spectacular views. You should also make a point to visit Glenveagh Castle before leaving the park. More than 140 years old, it is certainly a sight to behold.

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