The second largest of the British Isles; Ireland, is abundant in attractive places to visit. With prehistoric heritage sites, romantic landscapes, gorgeous coastlines, lush greenery, and of course bustling cities with genuinely friendly people, Ireland is truly a marvel to behold.
Here are some of the top spots which any traveler would never miss the chance to explore. Make sure to add them to your bucket list to have the best experiences in this fascinating “Emerald Isle”.
Ring of Kerry.
This is a 179km long, curvy tourist route in County Kerry. Along the ring, you can explore some of the popular sites like Muckross House, Staigue stone fort, Derrynane House, Ross Castle, Ladies View, and Killarney National Park. Throughout the entire journey, you can feast on the amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean, so many stunning villages and islands, picturesque mountains and you can also try a range of outdoor activities like cycling, golf, water sports, and fishing.
This takes a top place in the list of Ireland’s must-visit castles. It is a medieval stronghold in Blarney which originally dates from before 1200. A timber house was said to have been built on the site but no remains of it are found today. It was destroyed in 1446 and rebuilt by Làidir McCarthy, Lord of Muscry.
The castle is partially ruined now and there are few accessible rooms and battlements. At the top of the castle lies the Stone of Irish Eloquence, mostly known as the Blarney Stone. From towers and dungeons to extensive gardens with secret corners, this castle offers some of the most unique reasons for you to visit there. There’s also a shop that sells knitwear, crystals, porcelain, and other Irish gifts and souvenirs.
Cliffs of Moher
These are huge sea cliffs located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare. These are one of the top tourist attractions in Ireland and draw about one million visitors annually. They are also recognized by UNESCO and named as a “signature point” on the official ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ tourist trail. The cliffs rise up to about 210 meters from the shoreline and offer dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean. If you ever hope to visit Ireland, your trip is not complete until you set your foot on this magnificent site.
The 6th most populated city in Ireland, Galway city is famous for its vibrant lifestyle, numerous festivals, events, and celebrations. The city also bears a nickname as “The City of the Tribes” because of the 14 merchant families (Tribes of Galway) who led the city in its Hiberno-Norman period. Some of the places and things you get to see there are Lynch’s Castle, the cannon at Eyre Square, Galway Cathedral, Spanish Arch, and the Eglinton Canal. The city is known as “Ireland’s Cultural Heart”, named as one of the “sexiest cities” in the world and the 2nd best tourist destination in Ireland. Therefore a journey to this amazing city and spending a day or two is totally worth it!
This is a large country estate of 19 hectares located in Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland. It is noted for its grandeur house and landscaped gardens. It is currently owned by the Slazenger family. In visiting there, you can explore beautiful rose and kitchen gardens, numerous varieties of shrubs, trees, flowers, serene views of lakeside, Sugarloaf mountain, and the place where beloved family pets were buried with headstones and moving inscriptions. Since this majestic attraction is located just 20km away from Dublin, it’s really convenient and well worth a visit.
Brú na Bóinne
This is an area located in a bend of the River Boyne, Ireland. It’s one of the best places to discover Ireland’s history because this area contains the most important prehistoric landscapes dating from the Neolithic period, huge Megalithic passage graves of Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth, and 90 other monuments. The archaeological culture related to this area is called the “Boyne Culture”. In 1993 Brú na Bóinne was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This place is a true fascination to so many history buffs from around the world, but even if you are not one of them, you should definitely consider visiting there to get some most unique experiences.
This area truly looks like a place made by giants with 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. But actually, they have been created as a result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. This is also considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986. It is also the 4th greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom. Most of the columns are hexagonal. Only a few of them have 4,5,7 or 8 sides. The site became popular during the 19th century. Since then it has been attracting tourists in large numbers to see this amazing architecture perfect