Being one of the third largest islands of Europe, Ireland is distinct with its unique features. This country has the distinction of being the twentieth-largest island in the world. Surrounded by several other British islands and islets, Ireland is located in the west of Irish Sea. It has been a part of the Great Britain since 1801.
Connacht , Leinster, Munster and Ulster are the four major provinces of Ireland. Its uniqueness lies in its cultural amalgamation which is based on both agrarian society and modernity. This loom has developed the culture of biodiversity in this region. The peculiarity of this wonderland lies in the streams of its rivers and lakes which has many natural and fresh water bionetwork.
The landscape of this country offers manifold attraction for the tourists who enjoy its wonderful green fields. Forest cover of this country is approximately 10% of the total area and the rest is but commercial regions. Monoculture plantation is abundant in its forested areas. Its parks, particularly Killarney National Park have been developed with the modern amenities to attract incoming tourists.
This country has towering identity with enriched cultural and traditional achievements. Irish folk music and dance is famous worldwide. Although traditional music had a halt in the midst of 20 th century while Ireland was undergoing a revolution to modernize itself, its culture still remains a stepping stone for the British civilization. A revival of musical interest flourished under the influence of American folk music movement in 1960. This movement paved the way in reviving Irish tradition and culture. Famous musical troupes The Dubliners, The Chieftains, Emmet Spiceland, The Wolfe Tones, The Clancy Brothers, Sweeney's Men and musicians Seán Ó Riada and Christy Moore stepped in to revive this tradition in the entire region.
Ireland is today acknowledged as a tourist destination extraordinaire due to its three major World Heritage Sites the Bend of the Boyne, Skellig Michael and the Giant's Causeway which stand apart with their splendor. Burren and Mount Stewart are other attractions which tourists enjoy here. This country has become tourist hub where tourist friendly atmosphere is abundantly found. The Bunratty Castle, the Rock of Cashel, the Cliffs of Moher, Holy Cross Abbey and Blarney Castle are most visited sites here. Its famous monastic sites and national monuments Glendalough and Clonmacnoise speak volumes of Irish history.
The widely visited tourist region of Ireland, Dublin is home to the Guinness Storehouse and Book of Kells which attract tourists each year. Tourists enjoy the stately Irish homes Castle Ward, Castletown House, Bantry House which were built in 17 th, 18 th and 19 th centuries. Some of them have been converted into hotels which serve guests today.
The beauty of this country lies in its excellent cottages. Most of the cottages are located on the slopes of the Glenelly Valley in the Sperrins regions. Tourists enjoy fishing and rambling besides playing shooting games. They also feel the actual taste of life in the rural Ireland in such cottages situated at Creggan region at the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains.