Ireland is a beloved travel destination that is well-known for its magnificent vistas. Natural wonders often top the list of must-see places with the Cliffs of Moher and the Giant’s Causeway getting over a million visitors each year.
The Emerald Isle, however, has so much more to offer aside from its natural wonders. For one, this captivating island is rich in historical sites. It is home to well-preserved prehistoric ruins and medieval castles to name a few.
If history interests you, include the following historical sites on your chauffeur driven tour.
It is no secret the Emerald Isle is dotted with numerous castles. One that draws large crowds each year is the Blarney Castle in County Cork.
What primary draws tourist to this medieval fortress is the world-famous Blarney Stone. Legends say that anyone who kisses the rock receives the gift of eloquence. Many tales surround the origins of the stone, but its powers are unquestioned as reports state that even celebrities, world leaders and other renowned personalities go on a pilgrimage to kiss it.
Aside from the stone, the castle itself is impressive, exuding both a warlike and magical vibe. At the top of this medieval building, breath-taking sceneries await you.
Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
Found in County Offaly, this monastic site was established in the 6th century by St. Ciarán. Due to its strategic location, it became the centre of learning and religion in the 9th century, attracting scholars from around the globe.
The carefully preserved ruins include churches, high crosses and a Gothic cathedral. Originally, the three large crosses surround the Cathedral. While this can still be seen today, the crosses are replicas and the originals are displayed in the Visitor Centre.
Its location may be off the beaten path, but this historic place deserves to be part of your chauffeur driven tour itinerary. In this ancient site, prepare to feel a sense of peacefulness and quietness like no other amidst the ruins and the spectacular view of the river and countryside.
Roughly a 20-minute drive from Dublin City, Boyne Valley is located east of Ireland. It is dubbed as the country’s ancient capital housing some of the most sacred landscapes.
Here you’ll find an archaeological complex that showcases the valley’s over 5,000-year history. One of which is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne. These Neolithic structures are believed to be older than the Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza. Further making this prehistoric wonder exceptional is the large collection of megalithic art.
Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth are the most amazing sites on the valley. Filled with artefacts from early Irish settlements, these mounds would surely transport you back in time.
Rock of Cashel
Situated in County Tipperary, this archaeological site never fails to be a part of private northern tours of Ireland. It features interlocking structures that date as far back as the 12th century. The oldest monument on the Rock is the round tower, a 28-metre high structure that provides a splendid view of the countryside.
Also called the ‘Cashel of the Kings’, this ecclesiastical enclosure also has a 13th-century Gothic cathedral. This massive cruciform structure was designed without aisles unlike most churches today. Another noteworthy structure is the Cormac’s chapel which features a Romanesque design and 800-year old frescoes.
Steep in mythology, the Rock of Cashel is believed to be an ancient royal site which served as the home of the Kings of Munster. Legends also say that this is where St. Patrick baptised King Aengus, the first Christian ruler of Ireland. Hence, the place is also referred to as St. Patrick’s Rock.
Indeed, a trip to the Emerald Isle is never complete without visiting its precious historical spots. Without a doubt, setting foot in these interesting places will give you a glimpse of Ireland’s storied past.
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