Planning your holiday in Ireland can be a difficult task and depending on how many days you have you will want to get as much as possible in. The following article gives a great selection of the top 10 places worth a visit in Ireland that will help you plan that travel itinerary.
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1. Killarney and The Ring of Kerry – County Kerry
County Kerry is located in the south-west corner of Ireland, it is an area world renowned for its amazing beauty, with its lush green landscapes, babbling rivers and lakes, dramatic skies, colourful little towns and villages peppered throughout and of course, its friendly people. County Kerry is home to Killarney and the amazing Ring of Kerry which attract huge numbers of visitors from both near and far each year. With such heavenly beauty it is no wonder why Kerry is called “The Kingdom”.
2. Cliffs of Moher – County Clare
The Cliffs of Moher are a must when visiting the West of Ireland. Stand tall and take in the breathtaking beauty of the Cliffs of Moher reaching dramatic heights overlooking the spectacular Atlantic Ocean. The Cliffs of Moher stretch 8km in length and rise up to 214 metres above the stunning Atlantic Ocean. Atlantic Edge is the new and exciting interpretive centre at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience where you can learn all about the cliffs and what makes them so unique.
3. The Burren – County Clare
The Burren translated as Boireann which means ‘a rocky place’, is a magnet for archaeologists, botanists, geologists and of course the throngs of people who travel from all corners of the globe to admire this unique limestone plateau. If this distinctive landscape has you intrigued you can go to Kilfenora where you’ll find The Burren Centre which is the gateway to The Burren. With a great location close to Galway City and the Cliffs of Moher, you can combine your day trips leaving more time to explore the West even more!
4. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park – County Clare
Transporting visitors back in time to Ireland’s past, here at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park you will see a recreation of a typical Irish village during Victorian times. Medieval banquets are available at the castle during evenings with two seatings available at 5.30pm and 8pm. Advanced bookings are advisable. For further details check out Bunratty Castle and Folk Park website.
5. Sligo Town - County Sligo
Originally a small, quiet coastal town, Sligo has experienced significant change due to huge redevelopment since the 1990s and now offers much in the way of shopping, entertainment and dining out. Sligo offers a great base to explore the North West and Atlantic Coast of Ireland. O’Connell Street is the main street in Sligo and in recent years became pedestrianised and introduced a larger selection of retail stores. Sligo town also acquired two large shopping centres in recent years bringing national and international retail stores to the city.
6. The Giants Causeway - County Antrim
The Giants Causeway is Northern Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction. This world-renowned basalt formation is also a World Heritage site and National Nature Reserve. The Giants Causeway is located just 1 hour 20 minutes north of Belfast. For further details visit The Causeway Coast and Glens website.
7. Brú na Boinne – County Meath
Brú na Boinne is a World Heritage Site located in County Meath. It is one of the largest and most important prehistoric megalithic sites in Europe. Brú na Boinne consists of standing stones, Neolithic chamber tombs and other prehistoric enclosures that date back as far as 32nd Century BC. Access to Brú na Boinne is only by guided tour which begin at The Brú na Boinne Visitor Centre.
8. Hill of Tara - County Meath
Located near the River Boyne in County Meath is the world-renowned Hill of Tara. The Hill of Tara meaning ‘Hill of Kings’ is an archaeological complex that contains a number of ancient monuments, and, according to tradition, was the seat of the High Kings of Ireland. A Visit to the Hill of Tara is a must. Here you will see for yourself the Iron Age Hill Top enclosure, a standing stone called ‘The Stone of destiny’, Neolithic passage tombs and much more. For further details check out The Hill of Tara website.
9. Dublin City – County Dublin
Dublin is the Capital city of Ireland and is located on the East Coast of Ireland at the mouth of the River Liffey. It is a city steeped in history and culture and is a wonderful holiday destination with much to offer. With a vibrant selection of shopping streets where you are sure to bag a bargain, tempting restaurants and cafés that will satisfy all tastes, abundance of tourist attractions and activities for all ages, tranquil parks and gardens in which to relax or up the pace and hit the cobbled streets of Temble Bar where you are sure to be entertained with its many pubs and clubs. Dublin has it all and must be sampled when in Ireland.
10. Glendalough – County Wicklow
Glendalough gets its name from the Irish language ‘Gleann dá locha’ meaning ‘Glen of the two lakes’. Situated right in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough is one of the most visited locations in Ireland, with over one million visitors a year! Glendalough is located in a spectacular and tranquil part of Ireland just south of County Dublin in County Wicklow. With an amazing Monastic Site, glistening lakes and mountains and lush green landscapes there is a wonderful backdrop for many activities here. There is a visitor centre located at Glendalough and it is a must to visit here before you set off to explore. For further details check out the Glendalough Visitor Centre.
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