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The Marble Arch Caves

The Marble Arch Cave complex at the village of Florencecourt in County Fermanagh and have a magical atmosphere, reminiscent of Stephen Speilberg's movie The Goonies. The underground Claddagh River runs through the cave's winding passages, encountering lofty chambers with huge stalagmites and stalactites, and a glorious waterfall. Visitors can take the "wet entrance" to the cave via a guided boat tour, which lasts for 10 minutes, before disembarking at the Grand Gallery, where they can explore the caves on foot. The entire tour takes around 75 minutes.

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Dún a Rí Forest Park

One of Ireland's Government-protected Forest Parks, Dún a Rí (pronounced Doon A Ree) lies in a tranquil glen near the town of Kingscourt, County Cavan. Also known as Dún Na Rí  or Dún An Rí, the name loosely means "the King's Fort".

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Powerscourt Gardens and Waterfall

 Nestled in the Wicklow Mountains near the village of Enniskerry is perhaps the most beautiful garden in all of County Wicklow, at the Estate of Powerscourt. The breathtaking mountain setting combines with a formal landscape to create a garden experience widely recognized as one of the finest in all of Europe. The design is inspired by Italian and Greek tradition, and incorporates unique antique sculpture, fountains, and ironwork -- all amidst the beauty of the horticultural wonders growing there.

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Tollymore Forest Park

The first state forest to be granted Forest Park status in Northern Ireland, Tollymore Forest Park celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2005. This attractive park features the whimsical designs of Thomas Wright (1711-1786). It contains caves, bridges, and grottoes, some natural and some man made. The Gothic gate near the entrance was part of the original estate owned by Lord Clanbrassil. The forest is full of traditional growth as well as exotic surprises such as the monkey-puzzle tree, huge redwoods and unusual pines. White Star Lines, builder of the Titanic, regularly used oak wood from Tollymore to erect their ocean liners. The arboretum at Tollymore features the oldest tree in any Irish arboretum, the Clanabrassilian, dating back to around 1750.

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Torc Waterfall

Visitors enjoy the woodland flora and fauna that mark the way to Torc Waterfall, a majestic, 60 ft. high torrent of water plunging down the mountainside. The size of the waterfall and its intensity vary according to the weather and it is particularly powerful experience after a hard rain. The scenic paths to this rustic attraction make the journey as enjoyable as the destination itself. Several paths offer visitors a variety of options when exploring the site.  They may hike to the foot of the falls and then proceed to the top, where a breathtaking view of the valley awaits. Hikers of all skill and ability levels can access Torc Waterfall and enjoy its natural beauty and energy.

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Glencar Waterfall and Lake

The beautiful, romantic Glencar Waterfall in County Leitrim is well hidden off the road between Sligo and Manorhamilton/Enniskillen, at the bottom of Kings mountain. With a drop of about 50 feet, it is a small but enchanting cascade -- its lush foliage and craggy, layered rocks offering offering a "lost world" atmosphere. The waterfall has two stages, with the shallower, stepped pool the first you will encounter as you begin ascending the slope. A charming walkway and wooden handrail helps you climb towards the top so no special footwear is required, although there are a lot of steps involved, which may be difficult for those with mobility problems.

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The Iveagh Gardens

This  sumptuous Victorian park, once the private delight of a wealthy Dublin elite, is today free to everyone. It has beautiful flowers and charming"old world" garden features and a delightful waterfall. Visitor's favourites include an angel fountain, a sun dial and a maze. Minutes from Stephen's Green, an oasis from the city's hustle and bustle. Secluded and usually not busy, even during summer months.

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The ancient beauty spot of Glendalough is a popular retreat for Ireland's city dwellers. As soon as you get there, it’s easy to see why. In the heart of county Wicklow, and only about 45km from the stressful capital city, lies this magical green valley. Glendalough's tranquillity derives from two shimmering glacial lakes nestled between lush, sloping mountains and fairytale waterfalls. Indeed, the name derives from the Irish (Gaelic) Gleann Dá Locha, meaning valley of the two lakes. The transcendent, fertile beauty of the landscape here makes it easy to understand why Wicklow is often referred to as the Garden of Ireland.

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