Souvenirs from Ireland
Souvenirs from Ireland are the capstone of a dream vacation for many people, and the variety of gifts, candies and crafts could make choosing the right one rather difficult. One of the most iconic symbols of Ireland is the shamrock, a 3 leaved plant that grows everywhere on the island. It can be found embroidered on linen sheets, painted on novelty shot glasses, and as molded rubber key chains and refrigerator magnets. Some of the more traditional symbols in jewelry are claddaghs, Celtic crosses and trinity knots, and can be found as necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Luxury Irish souvenirs could include pieces of Waterford crystal, Belleek Parian china, Donegal tweed jackets, and an Irish fisherman's sweater. If you are looking for a more accessible piece of memorabilia, a bottle of whiskey or a few pieces of Cadbury chocolate would be a wonderful and delightfully tasty present for a lucky recipient.
Irish National Parks
Ireland is known as a land of beauty and lush landscapes, and the six national parks are an ideal way to experience it in full. The Burren National Park is made of limestone hills that are sparsely covered with flowers and has several Neolithic monuments to explore. Near northwest Donegal, the Glenveagh National Park is a scenic vista of forests, mountains and lakes where hikers can tackle the peaks of Errigal and Slieve Snaght. Birders and naturalists will take a great interest in the Wicklow Mountains National Park, where deer and many bird species make their home. Killareny National Park features an advanced series of walking paths of various difficulties though lovely landscapes of waterfalls and woods. A series of 12 mountains are the heart of the Connemara National Park. Ballycroy National Park, located in northwest Mayo, is the newest addition to the country. Remote and quiet, this is the location for those seeking solitude with nature.