Are you planning a trip to the Emerald Isle? If so, get ready to enjoy rolling greenery, mysterious Celtic ruins, craggy mountain tops, shanty pubs, crumbling castles, friendly locals, rowdy bars and salt-sprayed coastlines. One thing’s for sure, Ireland has many wonders to enjoy.
Here we’re taking a look at the top 5 hotspots that every traveller should add to their travel list. Get ready to explore our favourite Irish spots.
Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are one of the most popular natural attractions Ireland has to offer. These awe-inducing cliffs rise up from the huge swells of the Atlantic Ocean, creating a truly unforgettable and atmospheric spot. Even better, this special spot looks even more tempestuous on stormy days.
At the top of the cliffs, you’ll find Ireland’s trademarked rich and vibrant green grass, whilst the famous waters of Galway Bay crash against the stone below.
These great cliffs offer the perfect picture spot and provide a dramatic view of both the Aran Island and the impressive Irish coastline. If you have any spare time on your Irish adventure, you should definitely travel to the Cliffs of Moher.
Killarney National Park
You’ll find Killarney National Park nestled amidst the numerous natural treasures that County Kerry has to offer. The untouched, wild beauty that this National Park offers is certainly worth a mention in its own right.
With herds of wild and majestic red deer roaming this wild park and attested by UNESCO, this area is a mecca for wildlife fans and walking enthusiasts.
The Rock of Cashel
With its eerie charm and Game of Thrones-esque keeps ad turrets, the so-called Rock of Cashel still clings to the ancient green hills of County Tipperary. This keep still oozes gothic mystery and intrigue and still hosts Cormac’s Chapel and the Round Tower which date all the way back to the Early Middle Ages.
The sweeping views of the Munster backcountry are breath-taking and offer a great picture spot for anyone exploring the wild countryside.
Raucous and incredibly rowdy, Dublin needs no introduction! A town filled with Guinness-fuelled pubs, elegant architectural treasures and folksy street music, Ireland’s capital city continued to draw in crowds from far and wide with its unique blend of heritage, culture and a splash of hedonism thrown in for good measure.
If you’re planning on spending a couple of days (and nights) in Dublin, we definitely recommend checking out Temple Bar. This infamous Dublin spot offers the perfect night out and Bad Bobs recently refurbished roof terrace is one of the city’s hidden gems. If you’re planning on travelling to Dublin this summer, this top TripAdvisor venue should definitely make it onto your itinerary.
If you’re on the hunt for daytime activities, we definitely recommend visiting the immense St Patrick’s Cathedral, along with the must-see Dublin Writers Museum, where you will be able to unravel the fascinating lives of Joyce, Yeats and more!
If your trip to Dublin has more to do with your favourite tipple of choice, then the Guinness Storehouse will likely be top of your list of places to visit.
Cork is Ireland’s second largest city and can be found perched on the county’s picturesque coastline. Laid-back, fun-loving and extremely lively, Cork is a fantastic alternative to Dublin. The Cork locals enjoy flitting between independent coffee spots and traditional pubs.
If you’re a big fan of the town’s glorious Gothicism, then you should definitely plan on visiting St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, along with the Cork City Gaol. This has become a prime tourist attraction in recent years, making it worth a visit.