With St Patrick’s Day upon us, I thought I would get you in the mood for all things green, with some Irish gems. The attractions of Ireland are superbly rich and enchanting, and it’s no wonder many American Irish feel close to their ancestral roots. Ireland is almost obscenely green. It is called the Emerald Isle and there are claims that the countryside features 40 different shades of green. But it isn’t just the patchwork of green that is so alluring; rugged scenery abounds as do castles and ruins, all woven in a tapestry of myth and legend. You’ll see what I mean as I introduce you to these Irish gems.
1. The Cliffs of Moher
The renowned Cliffs of Moher will surely make you green with envy. The rugged cliffside on the west coastline offers a dramatic view of the Atlantic Ocean, the deadly drop-off of craggy black rock falling directly into the turquoise waters. Stretching for nearly 5 miles and rising up to 702 feet above the ocean, a walk along the cliffside offers a view of the Galway Bay, the Aran Islands, the Maum Turk Mountains and the Twelve Pins. Nearly 1 million visitors per year travel to see one of the most beautiful Irish gems.