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Ireland might be small (32,585 square miles) but it offers a wealth of leisurely activities for the tourist. Outdoor pursuits include walking and hiking, mountain climbing, cycling, surfing, and more.

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Climbing Croagh Patrick in Co. Mayo is an annual ritual for some. Photo: Colette Connolly.

If you’re in search of more cultural pursuits, the country contains a myriad of castles and other heritage sites. Ireland’s history is rich, albeit troubled, and much of it is recounted in its galleries, museums, and other historical sites.