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Leisure in Ireland

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Whether you are visiting Ireland or settling there, you are definitely not likely to get bored. Here is an overview of the various leisure activities available in the country.

You will definitely not be disappointed whether you intend to visit Ireland or settle there. The country has a vast natural, history and cultural wealth which you can explore during your leisure time. In fact, most Irish cities and villages offer a wide range of leisure activities such as hikes, tours, and even picnics in some regions. Note that Ireland is deemed to be a leading destination in terms of tourism for its numerous places of attraction.

Architecture

The Irish cultural and historical wealth is best described by its architecture, both in urban and rural areas. Many existing buildings still bear the marks of ancient times. You will also find magnificent castle ruins in some areas. Among these, the Renvy Castle which is found in the Connemara region, facing the sea. This castle was built during the war between Irish clans and pirates. The Ardgillan Castle, which is found in the Dublin County, was built in 1738. It offers a stunning view of the Drogheda forests and bay. You may also visit the Carrickkildavnet Castle which is found in the Mayo County and the Howth Castle, which includes the National Transportation Museum, among others.

Ireland also has many religious relics apart from its great churches and cathedrals which you will particularly find in the countryside. The Callan Augustinian Friary, also known as the "Meadow Abbey" located in County Kilkenny, the Yellow Steeple, built in the 14th century and which is found in the Trim region, and the Murrisk Abbey, which was built in 1457, are definitely a must see. You can also visit the St Mary's Cathedral which is found in Killarney. The Rathfran Abbey, located in the Mayo County, is also worth a visit.

Royal Canal

If you are visiting Dublin, you will certainly not miss the Dublin Royal Canal which is found in the Docklands area. In fact, the waterway has been refurbished as part of the city's modernization program. The latter crosses the north of Dublin along huge urban buildings. While visiting the Royal Canal, you will also come across the Spencer Dock Bridge which has an ultra-modern look, stretching over some 40 meters in length.

Gardens and forests

Nature lovers will also be delighted by the country's huge natural wealth. In fact, Ireland has numerous forests and gardens which you can visit during your trip. The Merlin Woods, for instance, are found in Galway. Stretching over some 164 hectares of land, it abounds of a huge and wild fauna and flora. The pine forest also hosts the Doughiska Castle ruins. This castle was built in the sixteenth century. The Mossy Woods, which are found in the Killarney region, are also popular for their wild and mossy appearance.

Moreover, you will find many gardens and natural park in the country, namely the National Botanic Gardens which are found in the northwest of Dublin, the Garden of Remembrance, which is found in the capital city, Brigit's Garden, spanning on some 11 acres of land and found in the Connemara region, as well as amazing wild woods and meadows.

Beaches and landscapes

The Dingle Bay has several beautiful beaches, including the famous Inch Strand and Inch Beach. There are many villages and fishing port in the surroundings which attracts tourists in large numbers. These regions are particularly popular for the various water sports facilities which are available, such as kite surf, kayak, surf, as well as boat trips, etc. Dunree Bay is another heavenly beach with fine sand and a turquoise lagoon.

At the Dogs Bay and Gorteen Bays, you can not only take a stroll but also swim, surf or make a picnic. The Bantry Bay, which is found in the Cork county, offers a magnificent sight of neighboring islands such as the Bere Island and the Whiddy Island which are covered by a thick forest, surrounded by rocks and white sand beaches. You may also visit the Clew Bay, which is well-known for its stunning views of the ocean and of neighboring islands, including the Clare Island.

Hikers may visit a lot of places such as the impressive Powerscourt Waterfall, at some 121 meters of altitude, the Torc Waterfall which is a natural waterfall found at the foot of the Torc Mountain in Killarney, Cliff walk, which is found in Bray, the Ballycotton Cliff walk along West Ireland's cliffs, and the Kerry Way which is found in the Kerry county, among others.

Leisure parks

If you have moved to Ireland with your family, you will definitely want to spend some quality leisure time with them during week-ends, particularly if you have children. You will find several amusement parks in Ireland, namely the Bunratty Folk Park which is quite close to the Bunratty Castle. It is, in fact, the life-size replica of an Irish village, including ancient houses which describe Irish history from Middle Age to date, as well as mills, handicraft shops, etc., in a purely authentic atmosphere.

If you wish to learn more on the country's 9,000 years old history, you can visit the Irish National Heritage Park, which is found in the Wexford county. This museum hosts relics from prehistory, Middle Ages, as well as the Vikings invasion period.

Those who prefer adventure should visit the Westford House & Pirate Adventure Park which includes dodgems, rides, pirate ships, paddle boats, a miniature railway, a museum, as well as other thrilling activities. You can also practice sports such as walking, jogging, tennis, etc.

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