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Attractions in Ireland and Scotland when you’re not golfing

Oh, the many choices of what to do and where to go!  Ireland and Scotland offer some amazing attractions…

 

Ireland

Giant’s Causeway

Built by Fionn McCool with his superhuman strength the Giant’s Causeway allowed him to fight his rival Benandonner in Scotland, or at least this is what legend says.  Formed 60 million years ago this UNESCO-listed geological marvel in County Antrim rests between Belfast and Derry.  With 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns jutting into the sea Giant’s Causeway is a phenomenon to behold.

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Rock of Cashel

Be sure visit the traditional seat of the kings of Munster at the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary,  where the views of the country side are spectacular.  Where once numerous buildings stood the only survivors are the ancient religious structures, the 12th century Romanesque chapel, and the 13th century Gothic cathedral which are a sight to behold.

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Killarney National Park

Over 10,236 hectares of mountains, lakes, and woodlands are claimed by Killarney National Park.  It all began with the generous donation of Muckross House and Gardens.  Take a stroll in the newly restored gardens of Killarney House or enjoy a boat trip from Ross Castle to Innisfallen.  Perhaps some of the only herd of wild native red deer in Ireland will happen by.

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Brú Na Bóinne

Predating Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids is the megalithic complex of the Brú na Bóinne in County Meath.  This extraordinary necropolis features Neolithic mounds, chamber tombs, standing stones and henges with the most famous being the passage graves of Dowth, Knowth, and Newgrange.  Be sure to visit the Brú na Bóinne Heritage Centre as this is the only way to be able to tour Knowth and Newgrange.

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Wild Atlantic Way

The world’s longest coastal touring route, The Wild Atlantic Way, stretches 2500km from Donegal to Cork.  Along the path visitors are invited to enjoy Sliabh Laig Cliff, one of the highest marine cliffs in Europe, or stop at the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare.  Tour Yeats Country, the Burren.  Drive Slea Head Way in Dingle.  There is so much to do along this untamed stretch of Atlantic coast.  Take in a breath of fresh sea air and dive in.

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Scotland

 

Loch Ness and the Great Glen

Where do legends meet history?  At Loch Ness and the Great Glens, of course.  Loch Ness is at the crux of many ancient myths, the most famous being the Loch Ness Monster.  The legend of this famous beastie has been kept alive in the Loch Ness Exhibition at the Dromnadrochit Hotel.  On the projection in the loch rests Urquhart Castle.  Stretching over 100km through the heart of the Highlands the Glens vestiges the Great Glen Fault Line.

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Isle of Skye

Once called Cloud Island by the Vikings the Isle of Skye is a vibrant collage of crofts, villages, deep inlets, hidden caves, stunning waterfalls, and sandy beaches.  Home to primeval oak forests and a wealth of wild life, including otters, seals, and over 200 species of birds, the Isle of Skye is famous for its sublime, rugged mountains.

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Sterling

Found between Glasgow and Edinburgh is beautiful Sterling seeped in history.  It was here that Robert the Bruce defeated the English in 1314 in the Battle of Bannockburn, and William Wallace secured a victory for Scottish independence in the Battle of Sterling Bridge.  Dating back to the 12th century Sterling Castle is built on a 250 foot high volcanic craig.   Step back in time with the exhibits at the Bannockburn Heritage Centre.

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Loch Lomond

Just northwest of Glasgow is ‘The Queen of Scottish Lakes,’ according to author Walter Scott.  Loch Lomond is Britain’s largest lake abounding with trout, salmon, and whitefish.  Try a long trek up the resplendent Ben Lomond or bask in the romance of a Scottish castle at Cameron House.

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Admire the architecture of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and appreciate one of Scotland’s most visited collections.  The 22-galleries offer something for everyone from paintings and sculptures to weaponry and armour, and natural and social history to world cultures.

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There are so many possibilities that maybe two or three holidays will be needed!

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