Portmarnock Beach, Dublin

Portmarnock Beach, Dublin

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Ireland Off the Beaten Track

photo by mozzercork (Flickr Creative Commons)Uragh Stone Circle, County Kerry Photo by mozzercork (Flickr Creative Commons)

Ireland has no dearth of tourist attractions that are thronged by vacationers who come to experience the sights and sounds of island from all over the world. However, if you are in the mood to take a never before traversed path to explore the soul of Ireland; the island offer plenty of opportunities to find you very own secret places and you very own vacation discoveries that will turn into cherished memories long after you have left the island and will beckon you each time you get an opportunity to get away from the grind of mundane pursuits. Here is a look at the side of Ireland that is pure serenity, peace and will evoke varied sentiments in you; from astonishment to tranquility; let’s look at Ireland off the beaten track.

Monea Castle: A lot of people are unsure about what they can expect in the area; many assume that a few stones are all that is left back of the Monea Castle. Actually, although in ruins, the remnants of the castle still stand tall and you can get inside to explore the ruins. The best part of being in the area is that you are miles away from the throngs of tourist that flock to most popular, Irish tourist attractions and the castle grounds can be used as the perfect place for a late morning picnic.

Grogans: If you would like a taste of the Irish pub culture literally; this is the place to go to. Situated on William Street in Dublin; the pub is one of the few old guard clubs in the city. To the utter chagrin of the locals and the older purist; most pubs in Dublin has been modernized to attract tourist footfall but J Grogans is as authentic as it gets and even if you are not a big beer drinker; the pub is still worth a visit to see how hundreds of Irishmen spent their evenings for decades.

The Causeway Coast: This is a hiking trail that covers a distance of 52 Kms, the route takes through the most stunning scenery that you will ever see; from sandy beaches to dramatic cliffs and from lonely caves to fascinating views of the bay and also some of the more popular tourist attractions of the island including the Kinbane Castles and the Giant’s Causeway.

Waterford: Very few tourists make it to the southern coast of Ireland, which is the most scenic drives on the island. There are several small, picturesque fishing towns along the coast; including Courtown and Waterford which is the largest fishing town in Ireland; the area offers numerous accommodation option and a plethora of gift shops.

The Grand Canal: Built as an important waterway to connect Dublin and Shannon; today private carriers are not allowed on the canal; however, you can rent house boats to explore the area and there are some fabulous hiking trails that take you to some beautiful cozy places.

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