Gap of Dunloe in Ireland
Ireland is known for many things: traditional music in intimate pub settings, prolific pints of dark brown Guinness, fierce and independent Irish folk, endless acres of healthy green pasture, and extremely narrow and windy roads that make Americans queasy. From an American's perspective, the Irish drive on the "wrong" side of the road, and avoiding a nervous breakdown while trying to let tour busses squeeze by in the more populated spots is often the challenge of the day for visitors. But get past all that and you'll see that Ireland
is a land of stunning natural beauty that echoes the personality and soul of its people. Ireland is a country trying desperately to hold on to its past while also embracing the future, and nowhere is the natural beauty more evident than the Gap of Dunloe in County Kerry, Ireland. Cars are not officially allowed here, but horse-drawn carts line up at entry points to ensure tourists always have an expensive option. Advice: forget the carts; go it on foot. Why? Other than avoiding a $50 average trip cost, you'll discover that just off the paved road are numerous trails for the intrepid wanderer that really aren't that strenuous, yet they reward those who go there with breathtaking views and unforgettable memories. Legend says that you might run into a fairy or two...after all, this is the land of ancient Celtic magic.