At 214m high at its peak, the Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s main attraction, if you’re going to Ireland be sure to visit this truly monumental place that nature has created. The Cliffs of Moher stretch for 8 kilometers along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. From the cliffs on a clear day you can see the islands of Aran and Galway Bay. The cliffs are home to a unique colony of seabirds, numbering more than 30,000 individuals of 20 species.
The Cliffs of Moher are visited by over a million people a year and are the most popular place in Ireland among tourists from all over the world.
Official website: www.cliffsofmoher.ie
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2. The Ring of Kerry.
Ireland’s most popular tourist route, the Ring of Kerry is over 160km of good road that runs along the coastline of the scenic Iveragh Peninsula.
Along the way you’ll encounter lots of interesting sites, and all the way you’ll be accompanied by Ireland’s fantastically delightful provincial scenery. As you travel along the road you will be able to see: Torc Falls, Franciscan Monastery for Men, Druid Ring, Ross Castle, St. Mary’s Church, Killarney Lakes, Boch Village, Macross House, St. Michael’s Medieval Church and many other attractions in Ireland.
The route is very popular with tourists, especially during the summer months.
3. Bru na Boinne
Bru na Boinne is located near the east coast of Ireland, about 40 km north of Dublin, about 8 km west of the medieval town of Drogheda and about 5 km east of the village of Slane. The archaeological landscape of Bru-na-Boin is dominated by three well-preserved tombs Newgrange , Douth and Naut, built about 5000 years ago during the Neolithic or Late Stone Age.
Bru-na-Beine is 500 years older than the great pyramids in Egypt and 1,000 years older than the famous Stonehenge in England. Bru-na-Boin was inscribed on the World Heritage List in December 1993 in recognition of its outstanding universal value to all mankind.
4. Killarney National Park
Situated in the south-west of Ireland in Kerry County, Killarney National Park was created in 1932 when it was donated to the State. It is the first national park created in the country. The Victorian Macross House serves as a focal point for visitors to the park, and the estate’s extensive gardens are popular with tourists and locals. The park features a beautiful landscape of ancient forest, impressive waterfalls, and peaceful lakes. The park was designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1981.
Official website: www.killarneynationalpark.ie
5. Giant’s Causeway
Giant’s Causeway is about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. The Giant’s Causeway lies at the foot of steep cliffs on the northeast coast of Ireland. Causeway Giant was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, and a National Reserve in 1987.
The capital of Ireland, Dublin is home to more than a third of the country’s population. Unlike other large European cities, Dublin has a stunningly relaxed and casual atmosphere, making it not a metropolis but a small provincial town, which is the beauty of this city.
Dublin was founded by Vikings in 9th century around 841, and in 1169 the city came under English crown when English troops led by Henry 2 invaded the island.
A few kilometers south of Dublin is Glendalough, a glacial valley with a prominent monastery that was founded in the 6th century by the hermit monk St. Kevin. Glendaloch figures prominently in traditional Irish legends. During the Middle Ages, it was the main pilgrimage site in Ireland. Glendaloch continues to attract visitors from around the world today.
Official website: www.glendalough.ie
8. Dingle Peninsula
The Dingle Peninsula encompasses the western tip of Ireland, offering tourists the stunning natural beauty of provincial Ireland. The landscape is dotted with remnants of Bronze Age settlements, prehistoric stone markers and more than 500 monastic stone huts. Surfing and windsurfing are popular activities on the peninsula’s cold beaches.
9. Aran Islands
The Aran Islands are a group of three islands located at the mouth of Galway Bay on the west coast of Ireland. The inhabitants of these three rocky islands have not only built incredible stone forts that have stood for thousands of years, but they have lived on these lifeless cliffs for centuries. Aran, a bastion of traditional language, culture and music, unique in its geology, archaeology and unsurpassed in its powerful sense of history.
Official website: www.aranislands.ie
The second largest city in Western Ireland, Galway is known for its art galleries and stores, most of which are located along the winding streets of the city’s charming medieval quarter. Galway is considered a major center for traditional Irish music. The port city is also known as one of the few places left in Ireland where the Irish language is still spoken in the streets. Full of fun, history and culture, Galway is the perfect destination for any tourist looking for the Irish spirit.
11. St. Patrick’s Cathedral
The largest church in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is built on the site where St. Patrick is believed to have baptized converts when he visited Dublin. The history of the cathedral goes back to the 12th century when it was built. The abbot of the cathedral from 1713 to 1745 was the famous writer, author of Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift.
Official website: www.stpatrickscathedral.ie
St. Patrick’s Cathedral an attraction in Ireland.
James Joyce Museum
14 kilometers south of Dublin, is one of 34 fortress towers built in 1804 to protect Ireland from a possible Napoleonic invasion from the sea. The tower was demilitarized in the 1860s and now houses the James Jones Museum. It was opened in 1962 by the publisher of Ulysses, because it is in this tower that the great writer was inspired to write Ulysses. The exhibition room contains first editions of most of Joyce’s works as well as other interesting memorabilia, including one of Joyce’s two official posthumous masks.
13. Guinness Brewery.
Guinness is now brewed all over the world, but outside St. James’s Gate, in the heart of Dublin, is where the worldwide fame of Guinness beer began, the place where Arthur Guinness established his brewing business in 1759. This is where you can taste the real, original Guinness.
Official website: www.guinness-storehouse.com
14. Trinity College Dublin
Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland where Jonathan Swift, Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde studied and taught, alongside many other great thinkers and writers of Ireland. The 16th-century complex is a focal point for many glorious buildings, beautifully trimmed lawns, paved squares and the University of Ireland campus. The main attraction is the Trinity Library, home to the famous Kell Book, which dates from the 8th century and is considered one of the oldest books in the world.
Official website: www.tcd.ie
Nestled in a wooded area amongst the picturesque farmland of the Golden Vale, the village of Adare is known as one of the most beautiful villages in Ireland. It is conveniently located only ten miles (16 km) from the city of Limerick. The small village of about a thousand people features thatched-roof Tudor-style houses and hedges, surrounded by intriguing medieval churches and castle ruins. The main attraction of this little village is undoubtedly Desmond Castle, as well as the Augustinian Priory Abbey.
16. Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle is one of the oldest castles of Ireland, it was built in 1446 and is considered by historians to be one of the world’s most impregnable castles, the wall of Blarney Castle is up to 5 meters thick. Blarney Castle is one of Ireland’s most famous landmarks.