Find out what the best destinations in Ireland are as awarded by millions of real travellers.
Sick and tired of the hustle and bustle of the city life? Then take the time to recharge and find your centre. Go on a trip so you can get a much-needed reprieve from your busy schedule.
If you’re wondering where to go, consider to visit Ireland. With its natural beauty, as well as rich customs, tradition and history, the Emerald Isle is a delight to the senses.
Its natural landscape is one of the best in the world, too. Here are some of the reasons you should pack your bags and hop on a plane to Ireland. We also all know the amazing country can bring a smile to your face.
Here are 23 reasons you need to visit Ireland:
1. The Rock of Cashel
The Rock of Cashel was home to the high kings of Munster for several hundred years. It is located in County Tipperary and is one of the most visited places in Ireland.
2. Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Located in County Antrim in Northern Ireland, Carrick-a-Rede is a rope bridge that connects the mainland to the tiny island of Carrick-a-Rede.
It offers stunning views of Rathlin Island and Scotland and the surrounding area has been designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest for its unique geological features.
3. The Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher is an awe-inspiring wonder of nature. Rising 120 metres above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head, the cliffs are amongst the top-visited Irish attractions. It is located in County Clare.
4. Ashford Castle
How would you like to spend a night or two in a medieval castle?
Situated on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong, Ashford Castle has been expanded over the centuries and is now a five-star luxury hotel offering visitors the chance to stay in an authentic medieval castle.
5. Giant’s Causeway
There’s nothing in the world that’s like the Giant’s Causeway.
Mysterious-looking, it is a unique coastal area composed of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, which are said to be caused by an ancient volcanic eruption.
6. The Skellig Islands
The Skellig Islands are two small, steep, and rocky islands about 13km west of Bolus Head in County Kerry.
Despite their small size, the islands pack a huge punch when it comes to biodiversity.
They are known for their seabird colonies and for having interesting recreational diving sites.
7. Dunluce Castle Ruins
The iconic ruins of Dunluce Castle in County Antrim are a sight to behold.
With the Atlantic Ocean and steep cliffs serving as its backdrop, they look like they come from the pages of a story book.
8. Dublin at Night
Offering a mix of the old and the new, Dublin is indeed a spectacular city. But wait till it gets dark because it is when the magic happens. Yet another reason to visit Ireland 🙂
9. Doonagore Castle
If you can’t get enough of ancient castles, a visit to Doonagore Castle is a must-do. It is a tower house with a small walled enclosure located above the coastal village of Doolin in County Clare.
While the castle is currently inaccessible to the public, you can still take pictures of the breathtaking scenery it offers.
10. The Glanworth Bridge, County Cork
Glanworth, on the R512, is 8 km north-west of Fermoy in County Cork, and has the oldest bridge in the county and it is reputed to date from 1446. It has thirteen semicircular arches, ranging in width from about 4.3m to 5.4m
The bridge is some 150 yards long and above it are the ruins of an ancient castle (13th century) and alongside is an old woollen mill (the 1840s).
11. Powerscourt House and Gardens
Sometimes called Powerscourt Estate, this attraction is a large country estate in Enniskerry, County Wicklow. It is hugely popular for its grandiose house and landscaped gardens.
It was originally a 13th-century castle, but it was extensively altered by German architect Richard Cassels in 1731.
12. Slieve League Cliffs
Located in Donegal, the Slieve League Cliffs offer an incredible view of the Atlantic Ocean and its surrounding landscape. From here, you can see Donegal Bay and the counties of Leitrim, Sligo and Mayo.
Rising 598 metres above sea level, it is one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe.
Connemara is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt natural landscapes in the country. In fact, it is widely regarded as the “real emerald” of Ireland.
14. Bloody Foreland
Despite its ominous sounding name, Bloody Foreland is the place to be if you want some peace and quiet. It got its name from the evening sun that illuminates nearby rocks to a vibrant red hue.
15. Mizen Head
Located at the end of the Mizen Peninsula, the cliffs of Mizen is where the currents from the west and south coasts of Ireland meet.
An award-winning maritime museum and heritage attraction are also located in the area to provide visitors with a one-of-a-kind experience.
16. The Northern Lights
You don’t have to go to North America or Scandinavia because sometimes, the spectacular Northern Lights are visible in the north of the country.
17. Derrynane Beach
Considered one of the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in the world, Derrynane Beach is a sight for sore eyes.
This place looks unique when compared to the rest of Ireland. It is as if a piece of the Caribbean has magically appeared in the Emerald Isle.
18. Phoenix Park
Phoenix Park may be in the middle of busy Dublin, but it offers a sight you won’t usually see in an average city park.
It features vast areas of grassland and tree-line avenues and for the last 400 years, it has been home to herds of wild Fallow deer.
19. Glencar Lake
Located mostly in County Leitrim with a smaller part in County Sligo, Glencar Lake is a freshwater lake known for its breathtaking beauty.
What makes this lake more special is that it is surrounded by an equally awe-inspiring scenery.
20. Connor Pass
The Connor Pass is one of those places in Ireland that just take your breath away, even if you have already seen it time and time again. It is located in County Kerry on the Dingle Peninsula.
21. The Dark Hedges in Ballymoney
Fans of HBO’s epic series Game of Thrones will recognise this place as the King’s Road, but the Dark Hedges in Ballymoney is real and larger than life.
Planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century, this beautiful avenue of beech trees has remained a magnificent sight throughout the decades.
A small scenic village in County Kilkenny, Inistioge is a favourite amongst many film directors.
You couldn’t exactly blame them because this quaint village looks like it has been painted by a master Renaissance painter.
23. Achill Island
Achill Island in County Mayo situated off the west coast. It is the largest island off the coast of Ireland.
The island is known for its tall sea cliffs and clean beaches. It is a favourite spot for water sports because of the breezy shoreline.
How many places have you been to? Does this post make you want to visit Ireland?
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