There are many reasons why Ireland is on many bucket lists as a one time travel destination, it is both wild and beautiful where beauty and culture is intertwined with legend and myth. If you have never had the urge to visit the emerald isle the following 6 reasons may help to change that.
The Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher top almost all lists of places to visit in Ireland, the picture below helps explain why you can’t miss the Cliffs of Moher when visiting Ireland. With 3 main viewing points you will truly be in awe of this natural attraction, look out for the Aran Islands of the coast and the many wildlife that use the cliff face as a safe haven.
The Ring of Kerry
With spectacular views, a visit to the ring of Kerry is not to be missed when in Ireland. One of Ireland’s most scenic trails the ring of Kerry stretches for 120 miles, taking you on a journey through some of Ireland’s jaw dropping landscape. With green dense meadows, ice cold lakes and heather clad mountain tops coupled with Ireland’s rugged coastline, the ring of Kerry covers a leg of the increasingly popular wild Atlantic way.
The Giants Causeway
The Giants Causeway one of the most amazing sites you will ever see, located in Northern Ireland also a UNESCO World Heritage site, this natural wonder is made of interlocking basalt columns formed from volcanic activity millions of years ago. Alternatively if you enjoy myth and legend, the story of Finn McCool a beloved Irish giant is said to have built the causeway in a fight with a Scottish Giant. I know what story I want to believe, but I will let you decide when you visit. Make time for a visit at the nearby Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, which will really test your nerve of heights.
Home to the famous Blarney stone where visitors are encouraged to climb the castle steps and kiss the world famous blarney stone and gain the gift of eloquence. There is however much more to see and do when visiting with its own dungeons and large estate to explore with numerous walks to enjoy.
Arguably Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction, The Guinness Storehouse is the home of Ireland’s most famous export “the black stuff” Guinness, even if you are not a fan the storehouse tells an interesting story bringing alive a real segment of Irish History. A tour of the storehouse is spread across 7 floors as you walk through the whole process from grain to glass. At the end of the Tour you are rewarded with a pint of Guinness with 360° panoramic views over Dublin. If you can’t make it as far as Dublin do take the chance to sample Ireland’s most popular export wherever you are.
The Irish people are often regarded as the friendliest people, engaging, polite and a good sense of humour hence the term “the craic”! Temple Bar in Dublin is one such place where the craic is in abundance with Irish Bars and Restaurants lining the streets giving you a proper insight into Irish Culture. Throughout the say traditional music fills the air with Irish musicians performing inside and outside with visitors keen to take part or sit back and enjoy.
This list is in no way inclusive of everything to see and do in Ireland, if you have visited any of the sites we have listed please share your experience with us, or alternatively if you feel we have left anything out that should be included instead let us know in the comment box below.
Ireland has a wide range of accommodation on offer to suit all needs and requirements from luxurious boutique spa hotels to the budget chain hotels as well of course the local B&BS, you can find some great deals on websites like Expedia and of course visit review sites like TripAdvisor when planning your visit.