Scenery – 50 Shades Of Green Chapter 17

SCENERY
50 SHADES OF GREEN

Predictable? No chance… There are lots of reasons why Ireland is famous for its landscapes (and being green is just one of them).Here I’m going to help you understand that it is more than the green island & I’ll outline some of the best natural beauties on the island.Nature has granted Ireland the perfect romantic backdrop from anywhere on the island. The scenery and landscape makes a romance spark into wildfire.I could spend days writing about the different scenic places and breathtaking landscapes but I won’t spoil it… You and your partner need to see them in person 🙂 There are sights here that you would not see anywhere else… Below; is a few naturally constructed sites to take your breath away. They all provide mood-setting views and provide great photo opportunities.

Copper Coast Geopark, Co. Waterford

It got the name from the copper mines along the stretch of the coast. It is an outdoor museum of geological records. From my research this park has not received enough praise. It is the only geopark in Europe. A geopark is a unique area of geological heritage and significance. They are converted into parks to promote awareness of for key issues relating to the dynamics of the world.

Giant’s Causeway, Co. Antrim

located on the magnificent northern coastline in Co. Antrim - this Irish gem is home to many rare plants and animals. It is an iconic landmark of one of Europe’s most magnificent coastlines. The rugged symmetry of the columns isimpeccable. The thought that it was a result of Volcanic activity is mind boggling.

The Burren, Co. Meath

is another example of fascinating landscape. It hosts limestone pavement, calcareous grassland, hazel scrub, wildflowers, ash/hazel woodland, turloughs, lakes, pure springs, cliffs and fen. It ranges 5.8 miles in size and it is a spectacle display of natural landscape. You’ll find this in Co. Clare.

The Cliffs Of Moher, Co. Clare

is a staggering 214 meters tall with an instant drop. Taking a trip to the Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare on a summer night with a red sky and a cast of pink clouds in anticipation for a beautiful morning, will create a moment to treasure for a lifetime. You’ll find these cliffs in Co. Clare.

The Doolin Caves, Co. Clare

are the host to the longest free-hanging stalactite in the Northern Hemisphere (23 feet), you can see these limestone caves lit up in colours in person in Co. Clare.

The River Shannon

is Ireland's longest river, at 360 kilometers.

The Benbulben Mountain, Co. Sligo

is undoubtedly Ireland's most distinctive mountain. It was formed during the ice age by massive glaciers segmenting the landscape. The unusual landscape houses a mix of flora and fauna, including Arctic alpine plants, wild hares, foxes and choughs.

Approximately 82% of tourists visit Ireland for the scenery which is hardly surprising. Irish landscape has formed some of the most epic photo opportunities.The island’s waterways consist of lakes, canals and winding rivers which makes it a hotspot for kayaking, canoeing and fishing.Sudden-drop cliffs and sandy beaches fringe off Irish shores while the skyline is dominated by rigid mountains, sloped hills and Irish charm.

 

CS Lewis claims he got the inspiration to write ‘Narnia’ – a fairytale novel – from the sight of the Mourne Mountains.Mother nature led to the creation of tranquil sloped hills of the midlands, magical coastlines, course waterways and underground caves – not to forget the Islands surrounding the coastline.The scenery and landscape is embedded in legends, myths and fairytales linking back to our Celtic roots. If you talk to the locals of any town, you are bound to hear some of them.That is one reason why it is perfect for your honeymoon – the attitude of the locals complement the beauty of the island.You’ll see the historical significance of the land as you tour around, you’ll pass by historical Abbeys, castles and monuments.Many Irish towns look imaginative and fairytale in nature. Witnessing the sunrise over a shallow bed of rocks while a blanket of mist sparkles above it, or sunset below an Irish village, igniting it with a golden glimmer while watching the sky turn pink is almost an act of love itself.The coastlines are home to magnificent seaside towns perfect for couples. Such as Kinsale and Dingle.50 shades of Green? Yes, but there is a lot more besides the cliché…

 

Ireland is blessed with the best of both worlds, city excitement and rural countrysides with celtic history running through the heart of both. Small towns are nestled by a lovely seaside, surrounded by a bowl of mountains and laid in open, wide slopes.Ireland has been host to a number of movies and shows like ‘Game Of Thrones’, a lustful hit television series, because of its spectacular landscape and sights.The 204.8 square kilometers of Wicklow National Park is an exceptional example of Irish wildlife with an intriguing history. The park featured in the movie “P.S. I Love You”, but it has not always been a heaven for the ultimate romance scene…

About Ed


Hi.
My name is Ed short for Edgar. Mixed blood of Latvian and Ireland
I have lived in Mullingar town for most of my life. Traveling around the country is my favorite pass time activity, I have been to many places, and love to explore all the nooks & crannies of Ireland. The beauty of Ireland's landscape is unbelievable sometimes you feel like in a different country. From the serenity of the walk at Glendalough to the humbling feeling of being beside Cliffs of Moher is truly amazing to experience.
When I travel throughout Ireland the hospitality is the one thing that stood out most! Cork is my personal favourite as the people are so nice and welcoming my highlight was the Titanic experience where you feel like one of the passengers who are about to board the ship from the heartbreak pier that still stands to this day.
In Ireland you will always get the warmest welcome in any B&B. My other hobbies are cooking horse riding and fishing. I can’t wait to share the experiences with you for your Trip of a lifetime to this amazing Green Isle.
Sláinte (Cheers)

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About Donna


Hey, my name is Donna and I'm from the town of Mullingar in the Heart of Ireland.

One of my passions is exploring and from my experience, Ireland is a beautiful country to explore. I have so many recommendations but for newcomers to Ireland I definitely opt to send you to Westport for Croagh Patrick & Clew Bay, perfect for hiking scenery and beautiful seafood, 

My favorite place in Ireland is Galway City - I love going for a meal with my friends, followed by a stroll down the cobbled streets, before popping into one of the Traditional Irish Pubs like  An Púcan.

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About Rita


Hi, I’m Rita and I am living in Kilkenny, the Marble city.

Born in Portugal, I fell in love with Ireland from the moment I landed here. I intended to stay for 6 months, and 6 years after I just cannot imagine my life without the Irish ‘craic’. 

Working in Events & Tourism for the last years has been so rewarding - bringing people to see all the magical, undiscovered spots in this country is what I wake up for every day. I have made memories that will last a lifetime, and I work towards creating the same experiences for others visiting the Emerald island. 

My favourite place in Ireland is probably the Dingle Peninsula, where bumpy roads bring the Atlantic ocean and green mountains together. The seafood is just as brilliant as the landscape, which I couldn’t forget to mention, being the foodie that I am!

You could say I am biased when I pick Kilkenny as one of my other top spots - I just can’t get enough of this lively mediaeval city branded by its hospitality.

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About Tina


Hi my name is TinaMarie, I have been working in Travel for over 15 years now and still love it as much as when I just started. There is something very special about bringing people to Ireland because we live here we take pride in our wonderful little country and want the whole world to experience what we are lucky enough to have on our doorstep.

Without a shadow of a doubt my favourite county and city in Ireland is Galway simply due to the dual aspect living you can have in this area the beauty and serenity of the Connemara countryside and the diverse cultural living of Galway city. Come and see firsthand how friendly and welcoming the Irish people are , Stop waiting and make the trip of a lifetime!

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About Sinéad


Hey! My name is Sinéad. I'm from Longford, the heart of the midlands. I'm a countryside girl at heart, depsite living in the capital for a few years while studying. I love the hustle bustle of Dublin city centre, there's always so much going on and so much to do. Although, you can't beat the tranquility of the Irish countryside in my opinion!

Apart from my hometown, one of my favorite place in Ireland has got to be 'The Kingdom' (Kerry). The scenery is just unparalleled. From the idyllic wild Atlantic coasts to our selection of well-known mountain ranges, and everything in between. The ring of Kerry is definitely a must see, the nightlife is pretty great too!!

On my weekends I love to cheer on my local Gaelic football teams. I'd definitely recommend catching a GAA match on your travels!

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About Jessica


Hi, my name is Jessica,

I'm from the town of Mullingar, known as the hidden heartlands of Ireland. Travel is my passion, every weekend I try to visit a few different counties here in Ireland and also explore new and exciting countries. Unfortunately there is just not enough time to visit everywhere I want too on our beautiful island of Ireland, Naturally the next best thing is to help make others dreams come true with the trip of a lifetime to our fair isle!

My two favorite places in Ireland is Galway and Kerry. They are full of great culture, food, scenery, and of course many traditional Irish pubs!! There is always a great lively buzz no matter what time of year you visit.

I look forward to working with many of you in the near future to offer my knowledge, guidance and support for your trip of a lifetime.

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About Ronan


Hey!

My name is Ronan and I'm from Mullingar (the heart of the Midlands). I have a passion for travelling and have been all over the world. However, my most favourite place in the world is the west of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way. From seeing Basking sharks in Keem bay in Achill Island (Mayo), to having a lovely relaxing pint of Guinness in Salthill in Galway, to taking in the majestic Cliffs of Moher in Clare and kayaking alongside dolphins in Dingle bay (Kerry) - it's all just amazing. Oh, and not to forget the delicious Skellig chocolates while looking out at Skellig Michaeal in Kerry, yum!

I love all things sport and food - when I'm not travelling around Ireland I'm cooking up a storm in the kitchen and watching some local GAA (our national sport). I can't wait to help you out and make your trip to Ireland, the trip of a lifetime!

Céad mile fáilte mo chara - (A thousand welcomes my friend).

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