Places To Visit In Ireland
Ireland has so much to offer in a relatively small country and can cater to the needs and wants of any traveller.
City Breaks : Dublin is the ideal destination for a two or three day visit with Dublin airport a short 20 minute bus ride from the city centre. There is so much to see and do including free galleries and museums. The Dublin sightseeing bus brings you to a multitude of destinations and at €22 for two days it is highly recommended. Irish pubs are famed the world over and needless to say you are spoiled for choice for where to go in Dublin. I will keep my list down to four centrally located pubs as I don’t want you spending all your time sampling the finest Guinness in the world.
- The Stags head is a fantastic bar with an interior that is bound to impress!
- Grogans (the castle) the last pub in Dublin where you will probably meet a writer or poet
- The Palace bar has an old wordy feel about it and is one of the best whiskey bars in Dublin
- The Coblestone : For trad music this is the best bar in the city!!
There are a few Great attractions that everyone should do while in Dublin Kilmainham jail, Guinness storehouse and the Irish whiskey museum to name but a few. While in Dublin You can also take the opportunity to see some more of the country with day tours leaving Dublin daily to some of the most iconic destinations in Ireland.
Walking Holidays : One of the best ways to discover and experience Ireland’s hidden gems is to take to the walking trails and go off the beaten track. There are many ways marked out and all will bring you to areas of outstanding beauty. You can do this by yourself or through a walking tour company who will organise your accommodation provide you with maps and arrange baggage transfer giving you the freedom of walking with just a day pack on your back. There are also guided packages which allow you to explore a larger area while being led by a passionate enthusiastic guide. To discover some of the top places to visit in Ireland these tours are highly recommended.
- Wicklow mountains including Glendalough
- Connemara – with contrasting lakes mountains and wild Atlantic way coastline
- Kerry – Killarney national park is highly recommended.
- Donegal is spectacular but should only be attempted by an experienced walker with navigation skills.
Day Tours : With a selection of seven Day tours leaving Dublin daily it is very easy to base yourself in Dublin enjoying all the urban attractions and still seeing the top places to visit in Ireland. Attractions visited are on every ones bucket list.
- Cliffs of Moher
- Giants Causeway
- Blarney Castle
- The Burren
- The Boyne Valley
Driving Holidays : For those visiting Ireland with their own transport the whole country is open to them and the newly developed Wild Atlantic Way which is now the worlds longest defined coastal route is packed full of places to visit in Ireland all well signposted and an adventure around every corner. The area is full of historic and natural attractions and there is also a great chance to mingle and party with the locals either in the local pubs or at the numerous festivals going on from the flea ceoil to the matchmaking festival at Lisdoonvarna.
Picture by Raymond Fogarty.