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Ireland is surely among the world’s most beautiful countries, with practically endless lush, emerald hills and dramatic cliffs that touch down to idyllic stretches of golden sand and a cerulean-hued sea, not to mention its many waterfalls, magnificent castles and charming villages. These stunning Ireland photos are sure to prove that the Emerald Isle really should be on the top of your must-travel list, including the photo above of Slea Head, a promontory in the westernmost part of the Dingle Peninsula.
Cliffs of Moher
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The Cliffs of Moher, located in County Clare, soar for more than 700 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, stretching from near the village of Doolin for almost five miles to Hags Head at the southwestern edge of the Burren region. On a clear day you can see Galway Bay and beyond to the Twelve Pins mountain range, as well as well the Aran Islands. Standing here at sunset is especially magical.
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Connemara is one of Europe’s most unspoiled, spectacular destinations, stretching west from Galway city to the west coast. This wilderness area is filled with everything from bogs and glistening lakes in the south to golden beaches and towering mountains in the north and west, like the rugged Twelve Bens Mountain Range.
Torc Waterfall, Killarney National Park
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Torc Waterfall, plunging 60 feet from the Torc Mountains through a river known as the Devil’s Punch Bowl, can be found in Killarney National Park.
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This spectacularly scenic lake is set in the Wicklow Mountains. If it looks familiar, that’s because it’s been used as the setting for many scenes in the History Channel TV series, “Vikings.”
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This castle in County Mayo was built nearly 800 years ago. It’s not only one of the most breathtaking castles in all of Europe, it’s also one of the few you can actually spend the night in. Surrounded by forests and overlooking a sparkling lake, the entire scene is so magical you may think that you’re in some kind of fantasy land.