The Emerald Isle

Wild Ireland “Here’s to women of the Irish shore; I love but one, I love not more. But since she’s not here to drink her part, I’ll drink her share with all my heart.” —Irish toast I reland packs into its relatively small size an extraordinary variety of scenery and many areas of unspoiled grandeur. There are some 2,000 miles of coast, with hundreds of islands scattered offshore, including some very wild coast indeed in the southwest, where the land reaches out into the Atlantic Ocean in a series of finger-like peninsulas, whose cliffs and rock stacks provide havens for many colonies of birds. Away from the coast is a country of glorious contrasts: mountains in the west, with much of the land between, 240