During our visit to the United Kingdom, we also decided to explore a beautiful country just across the channel which is Ireland. Since we rented a car while in the UK, we decided to take a ferry (STENA Line) from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire in Ireland, which only took us about 3 hours. The ferry was huge and we were able to take our car in as well which was very convenient.
Ireland is a country with its own unique charm. Ireland also is also known for the legendary Leprechaun; an Irish folklore usually depicted as a bearded man wearing a coat and a hat and often associated with riches and gold. The rare four-leaf clover bringing good luck to those who found them also originated in Ireland. But more than that, Ireland is a country famous for its rich ancient history, stunning landmarks, tourist attractions, and the taste of the famous Guinness Beer.
Here are the top 10 best places to visit in Ireland.
1. Cliffs of Moher
Stretching 8 kilometers towards County Clare’s Atlantic coast, the Cliffs of Moher can be easily found. It is tagged as the most visited attraction in West Ireland. Aran Islands, Galway Bay, Twelve Pins, Loop Head, Maum Turk, Dangle Peninsula and Blasket Islands can all be seen from atop the Cliffs of Moher during a clear day. Cliffs of Moher has become the viewing point of visitors for many years.
2. Original Irish Famine Cottages
Famine cottages became the humble dwelling of those who suffered during the historic potato famine which led to great suffering in Ireland because potato was the staple diet. The cottages are made of mud and stone.
Tagged as the prettiest village in Ireland, Adare boasts an architectural wealth of picturesque beauty with the thatched cottages being central to its many attractions. With their main street fully-packed with beautiful stone structures, monasteries, and lovely village park, Adare is indeed the perfect place to relax and enjoy the characteristic charm of an Irish village.
The village of Dingle on the famous Dingle Peninsula manages to become charming without even trying! During the summer season, this village is clogged with ecstatic visitors excited to tour this picturesque village. It is also one of Ireland’s biggest Gaeltacht towns.
5. PUB Crawling
Pour the exact pint of beer plus traditional Irish music, all are available when you go PUB crawling in Ireland. You can get amazing offers and VIP entry to bars and night clubs. Meet people from all over the world while enjoying the pub’s perfect atmosphere. Pubs in Ireland are renowned for the friendly atmosphere, live traditional music and, of course, a pint of Guinness.
6. Draft Guinness Beer
Originated in Ireland and made by Arthur Guinness, Guinness is named as one of the most famous and successful brands of beer from across the world. When you go PUB crawling, you should never miss taking a sip of this world-renowned brew. What people love about this beer is its burnt flavor coming from the roasted barley.
7. Explore Dublin
Dublin, the capital of Ireland, belongs to Europe’s youthful cities. Dublin didn’t gain its reputation just for nothing. Check out its tourist attractions:
· Guinness Storehouse – located in St. James’s Gate Brewery
· Dublin Zoo – located in Phoenix Park, Dublin City
· National Aquatic Centre – located in Snugborough Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin
· Book of Kells – written in 800 AD but is now in the safe keeping of Trinity College
· The National Gallery of Ireland
· National Botanic Gardens
· St. Patrick’s Cathedral
· National Museum of Ireland – situated in Kildare Street
· Science of Gallery – Trinity College
· Farmleigh House – located northwest of Phoenix Park, Dublin
8. Giant’s Causeway
Situated in County Antrim, near Bushmills town, A Giant’s Causeway was created by nature and the sea. Both myth and fact engulf this majestic tourist attraction. Folklore says that there is an Irish giant living in the area while facts suggest that this causeway is the result of volcanic eruption millions of years ago.
9. Boyne Valley
Because of its important contribution to the history of Ireland, Boyne Valley is proclaimed as a World Heritage Site.
Ireland is known for its beautiful coastline and one of them is the Dingle Peninsula. As you drive around, you will fall in love with the scenic coastline, one of the best I've seen. You can stop at some beaches and do a long slow drive around that will make you realize how lucky you are to be in Ireland!