The Beauty that is the Emerald Isle

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For a country the size of Indiana, Ireland has a beautifully varied terrain.

How is it that I didn’t remember this from my first visit in 2000?

Of course I remembered the weather, especially the rain.

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I remembered how that rain gave the rolling hills and vegetation such a lush green color.

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I remembered the sheep dotting the landscapes and the stone fences.

Stone Fence

I remembered the cliffs with their drastic drops to the sea below.

Cliffs of Moher, COunty

Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

But how is it that I hadn’t remembered how diverse the landscapes were throughout the country? Maybe I just became fully aware of it this time around because we hired a personal driver. Ray drove us off the beaten path of normal tourist routes so we could discover his country in all its beauty.

There are waterfalls.

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Glencar Waterfall, County Leitrim

There are forests.

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Near Glencar Waterfall, County Leitrim

We drove around more lakes than I ever imagined Ireland would have.

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Isle of Innisfree on Lough Gill, County Sligo

In the past, when I thought of Ireland’s bodies of water, I thought of the sea, not inland lakes!

Even the beaches varied near the shores of the sea.

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Some were even sandy instead of rocky.

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This sandy beach was hard and flat. I wanted to break out into a run!

There were even mountains.

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View of he Derryveagh Mountains at Glenveagh Castle and National Park, County Donegal

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Ben Bulben Mountain as seen from the cemetery where Yeats is buried, County Sligo

In short, it was beautiful.

My in-laws planned this trip with a travel agent so that we would have a private driver. I probably would have never done that nor have seen most of these places because of it. This post is dedicated to my mother-in-law, Joyce. It’s her birthday today! Happy Birthday! I am grateful that we could travel with you in such a beautiful country. Thank you.

What do you think is most beautiful about where you live?

Slàinte,
Carrie

5 responses »

  1. Love all the scenery. Those cliffs are just amazing. That’s awesome that you had a personal driver, I’m sure your experience was better with him. Happy birthday to your mother-in-law! Most beautiful where I live? Maybe the fall when the trees turn colors. Just gorgeous, if only it lasted longer.

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