A traveller doesn’t have to subscribe to the herd mentality of commercial tourism – seeing the same things at the same time, being led down the same attractions before finally being led back to the bus where the lot will be driven to another location and the process repeated again - ad nauseum. One of the best things a traveller can do is to go it alone. Renting a car in Ireland is the best way to see its many attractions. Renting a car is not a problem because reputable car hire companies are more than willing to help tourists. If you want to get off the beaten path and leave the tourist hordes here are some places that you can go to. They certainly deserve more than just the present attention they get but their being less commercial also adds to their allure. Loop Head is the Clare Coast, just without the incessant buzz of tourists. The scenery here is breathtaking and it’s a wonder that this place is not attracting more people. There are no shops here and only a smattering of buildings. One of the highlights of this place is the Bridges of Ross. This geologic phenomenon has resulted in natural rock bridges connecting cliffs to the rocky outcrops. Tory Island is located off the coast of Donegal. It is a mere 3 miles long and half a mile wide and can only be reached when there is good weather. The island’s landscape is very beautiful. The grassy headlands would lead to granite cliffs with a pinkish hue. Towers of rock rising from the sea are battered by waves. Bird watchers love going to the island because of the diverse number of birds that visit the island. St. Colmcille actually founded a monastery in Tory Island in the sixth century but only a section of the round tower and the ruins of two churches remain.
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