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15 Amazing places to visit in Ireland

15 Amazing places to visit in Ireland

A warm and welcoming place with rich cultural diversity, Ireland, the “Emerald Isle,” is bound to catch your eyes. You’ll be impressed by its warm and welcoming people and laid-back lifestyle; its often intriguing but tragic history and its romantic, rugged landscapes. It’s “the land of saints and scholars,” with more Nobel Prize winners for literature than any other nation around the globe. In addition, Dublin, the capital city of the country Dublin, was named as a UNESCO City of Literature in the year 2010.

With stunning views and breathtaking scenery throughout the entire country, The scenery in Ireland is one of the most breathtaking in Europe. There are plenty of popular places to visit; however, if you go off the main roads, some of the most beautiful landscapes can be seen along secondary roads that make their way through stunning photos.

The Irish are indeed friendly and warm, and there aren’t more fun ways to understand the people living there than talking to the locals. Here’s our list of destinations that will make your visit to Ireland one you will remember for the rest of your life.

1. Cliffs of Moher, Clare

It is said that the Atlantic Ocean churns relentlessly below the majestic Cliffs of Moher. The ever-present breeze is a constant source of the disturbance. The full splendor of the world’s longest-defined cliffs is revealed before you, rising 702 feet above the water for nine miles across the County Clare coast. The views of Galway Bay towards the Aran Islands are stunning, and the views from the five-mile coastline Doolin Cliff Walk. This is among the most popular natural attractions, so expect an influx of people, but be sure to visit during the evening as the crowds are decreasing – and breathtaking sunsets reward you.

2. Connemara

The northwest region of Galway city is the most enticing wildernesses. The haunting beauty of the Connemara region is awe-inspiring all across County Galway: a landscape of slate-colored lakes, mountains with sheep-dotted bogs with rugged coastline, small towns, and hidden bays. Make sure to stop at Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord, the stunningly located Kylemore Abbey; the Alcock and Brown monument near Clifden, which commemorates the landing site of the first transatlantic flight that was a non-stop flight in 1919. Also, explore the hiking trails of the 40,000 acres Connemara National Park.

3. Voya Seaweed Baths, Sligo

Seaweed’s rejuvenating qualities must not be overlooked. In the 20th century, there were more than 300 seaweed baths along the coastline of Ireland; however, the number of baths decreased as time went by and now only a handful of them remain. Voya Seaweed Baths in Strandhill is among several baths that have been rediscovered as a traditional therapy to a new crowd by hand-collecting organic seaweeds from close beaches and mixing it with rich seawater in minerals for the perfect steamy soak.

4. Ring of Kerry

The stunning photo opportunities continue to appear along the 112-mile Ring of Kerry, one of Ireland’s most well-known tours. The route is roughly encircling the Iveragh Peninsula in the country’s southwestern part. It begins and ends in Killarney. It weaves through stunning views of mountains and Atlantic-bashed coastline views. These include the monastic UNESCO World Heritage-listed settlement of Skellig Michael and the glorious golden sandy beaches at Rossbeigh Beach.

5. Dingle peninsula, Kerry

Dingle seems like a long way from the rest of the world; however, the West Kerry fishing town’s appeal in the middle of the Gaelic-speaking region is worth the journey. The pubs that line Main Street double as grocery stores, and the annual events like the Other Voices concert and Dingle Food Festival draw a crowd. It’s also a jumping-off location for the secluded charms of the peninsula that bears its name and the cliff-top driving tour through Slea Head with its views of the Blasket Islands; Sybil Head that was used as a location for filming in Star Wars: The Last Jedi as well as, in good conditions, the Caribbean-inspired waters lapping Coumeenoole Strand (aka Ryan’s Daughter beach) which is where David Lean’s iconic film from 1970 was filming.

6. Waterford Greenway

In the 1920s and the 19th century, Ireland was crisscrossed with an even larger network of regional railways. A few of the lines that are now abandoned are being repurposed creatively into off-road cycling and walking routes. The name suggests it, Waterford Greenway is 28 miles of trail that connects the port city in the south of Waterford and the town of Dungarvan on the sea. Dungarvan winds through peaceful landscapes over viaducts and tunnels of railway moss, with flashes of ocean views.

7. Wild Atlantic Way

The main scenic route of Ireland known as the Wild Atlantic Way, is an incredible route that runs along the rugged western coastline of Ireland starting from the remote stunning, weather-beaten beauty Malin Head in Donegal for more than 1,500 miles across Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, and Kerry to the charming fishing town of Kinsale situated in Cork. You can take the well-marked route in the direction of a southerly or northerly wherever you are along the coastline while stopping to look around the breathtaking scenery villages and towns.

8. Giant’s Causeway, Antrim

The most famous landmark in Northern Ireland is the UNESCO-listed, surreal Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site. It is a soaring cliff that plunges into the sea. It’s an incredible geological marvel with over 40,000 hexagonal structures that resemble an enormous pathway created through volcanic activity between 50 to 60 million years ago. In addition, it is the legend that these stones were created by the Irish warrior Fionn mac Cumaill to make stepping stones over the waters to combat the gigantic Scottish Benandonner.

9. Dublin

Sliced in two by the River Liffey and hugging the gentle sweep of Dublin Bay, the Irish capital was first founded by the Vikings in the ninth century and had a rough-around-the-edges charm where Georgian grandeur rubs up against inner-city grit. It is a UNESCO City of Literature; the streets are populated by the literary giants from Dublin’s English language. Explore the vibrant food scene, take an hour within one of their intriguing pubs, or explore lesser-known areas of the capital like The Liberties and delve into its rich and varied history that spans more than a thousand years.

10. The Burren, Clare

There’s a lunar view of the stunning limestone terrain: The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark in County Clare. The UNESCO World Heritage site is filled with natural and archaeological amazing features, like the isolated Poulnabrone Dolmen near Ballyvaughan dating at about 3,800 BC and the longest free-hanging stalactite found in Europe within Doolin Cave; and the vast views that can be seen from the appropriately called Corkscrew Hill. The limestone nooks and crannies make for a perfect botanist’s fantastic rock garden that houses more than 1100 Mediterranean and alpine and Irish plants. Do not miss a stop at the charming An Fear Gorta Tearooms located in Ballyvaughan, and its lovers of the cheesecake are Hollywood Director Steven Spielberg.

11. Galway

Sometimes referred to as the city of people of different tribes. Galway offers a relaxing bohemian feel. It is one of two European Capitals of Culture for 2020; it is a city that celebrates the arts and crafts. A town that is a university with an enthralling sense of its Irish tradition. The city is an important Gaelic-speaking city. When summer arrives, it is when Galway International Arts Festival and Galway Film Fleadh draw culture-lovers from across the globe. Explore the 16th-century Spanish Arch with a view of the Claddagh, which is in which there is a quaint spot where the River Corrib mingles with Galway Bay and its vibrant traditional music scene stroll through the Salthill Pier and witness the brave souls take to the cold Atlantic waters. Also, make sure to go to one of the many top restaurants like Kai, Aniar, and Ard Bia at Nimmo’s.

12. Cork

The entire length along the River Lee is the self-styled People’s Republic of Cork, which its residents joke about as Ireland’s capital city. The city was a thriving merchant town between the 18th and 19th centuries; it is a must-see destination that includes the famous English Market, where Corkonians have been shopping for the most exquisite local produce since 1788. Also, the Glucksman gallery in its grounds at the shady University College Cork; and the Crawford Art Gallery set inside the 18th century repurposed Customs House. The closest port to Cork, located in Cobh with its vibrant homes that sway into the hills, was also where the fateful Titanic was docked in 1912.

13. Newgrange, Meath

From the beginning, Newgrange is a masterpiece of engineering is one of Europe’s most impressive Neolithic archeological sites. It is older than the great pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge. This sprawling tomb was discovered around 3200 BC and, thanks to the genius of Stone Age design, its main chamber is illuminated twice every calendar year (clouds permitting) if a small opening in the wall lines upwards to the sun rising on the winter solstice, which is in the late part of December. It is part of the Bru na Boinne UNESCO World Heritage site, located within an elongated section in the River Boyne, one of the most significant clusters of archaeological sites of the prehistoric age in Europe.

14. Glendalough, Wicklow

It is situated in a deep valley cut through the hills in the Ice Age; the 100ft round tower of Glendalough is visible through the trees, which are surrounded by the high forested slopes that are part of the nearby Wicklow National Park. The ancient monastery settlement and pilgrimage spot named “glen of two lakes” was established in the sixth century under the patronage of Saint Kevin and is among the most beautiful beauty spots in Ireland; and has a variety of hiking trails, which includes the lengthy Wicklow Way.

15. Kilkenny City

Medieval magic awaits you in Kilkenny. During the Middle Ages, it served as the Irish capital city, situated on its banks along the River Nore in the rural center of Ireland. Once a stronghold for Anglo-Norman invading forces, its architecture is one of its attractions in its Medieval Mile Museum and throughout its cobblestone streets and lanes, which are governed by the 12th century, Kilkenny Castle.

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