As Taragh Bracken grew up in Ireland, she knows this small, green country inside out. Sure, many spots are dubbed as tourist attractions, but some are fairly earned. From the sublime hills of the countryside, the mystical fog that can be seen at sunrise, and the ancient Medieval buildings that carry throughout the country’s mysticism, this place renders a gorgeous backdrop for your vision of travel.
The Magnificent Cliffs
Ireland has some of the most vividly beautiful sceneries. You’ll never witness as many shades of green in your lifetime as you will during your travels in Ireland. The massive Cliffs of Moher to the quaint city of Galway will leave you speechless. This extremely beautiful sight to uphold has over one million visitors every year, for the beauty of the cliffs are immeasurable to anything else in this world. Eloping yourself with the breeze of the Atlantic Sea and the crashing waves that can be seen from below–a surfer’s dream–are magnificent in their own right. You’ll feel utterly rejuvenated as you walk on the careful ledge along the cliffs, rejoicing in nature and looking out to the never-ending horizon.
The Quaint City of Galway
Bracken has iterated that it’s not most unusual to see swans swimming by in the river’s of Galway. This magical place is bound to lock a love affair deep in your heart. Close to the Aran Islands–an area known for great wool work–this city houses the famed Spanish Arch which was built in 1584 and can still be relished today. A little piece of history, it was constructed to protect the volatile quays that were pertinent to Galway’s fish market under the mayor Wylliam Martin. Take time to promenade through the long walk past the river to discover this treasure. Also, when you find yourself hearing traditional Irish music in the city, you’ll likely pass the cutely colourful shops of Claddagh, also known for the traditional ring that symbolizes loyalty, love and friendship.
Another sweet spot that you’ll always remember is the Bunratty Castle in County Clare. Take it back to the 1400s while you promenade through the relics of the village propped up in Medieval times and venture through the narrow stairwells of one of Ireland’s best kept castles. Each room has furniture well-preserved from the 15th century, complete with the banquet hall, a dungeon that has only 12 steps as the 13th one lead its prisoners down into a massive black hole where they were likely to break a limb or two and never make it out alive again, and the rooms of the castle’s captain and earl. You’ll see relics of costumes, tools and equipment from the kitchen, and two chapels–one private and one open to the public.
The Book of Kells at Trinity College
This one is in Dublin, as Ireland’s oldest university houses a part of the New Testament, the Book of Kells. Venture through the museum prior to seeing the real Book, first learning about the symbols, materials and interpretations that make up this Holy scribed document. The Long Room is one of the most impressive parts of the College, as it houses 14 marble busts of notable individuals in Irish history, and stores over 200,000 books within its half-cylindrical ceiling. It’s every bookworm’s dream.