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Top 11 Best Places to Visit In Ireland

Places to Visit In Ireland

Welcome to Ireland with its breathtaking and world’s greenest Landscapes Island has brimmed with tourist attractions since a long time ago there is nothing quite like exploring Emerald Isle while breathing fresh mountainous air will soothe your mind and cleanse your soul Ireland is an Island located in the North Atlantic Ocean in Northwestern Europe it’s geographically isolated location made a unique Heritage of culture and tradition from ancient monuments soaring Cliffs Viking and Anto Norman cultures Titanic Tales buzzing little towns magnificent Coastline to gloriously unpredictable weather of Ireland you will find plenty of things to see and do in Ireland so let’s dive into the Top 11 best places to visit in Ireland.

 

Top 11 Best Places To Visit in Ireland

1. Giant’s Causeway

Giant's Causeway

Giant’s Causeway, located in Northern Ireland about a three-hour drive from Dublin. It’s famous for its jagged cliffs and over 40,000 basalt columns. There are these perfect hexagons that cover the coast. According to legend, the causeway was built by an Irish giant so he could cross the Northern Sea.

When I was there, we started by hiking above the cliffs and then made our way down to the causeway. I was just amazed by the bizarre rock formations. I had such a fun time walking on them. It’s wild to think they were made by nature. Now, while you’re there, you can also hike around to other spots on the coast, such as the amphitheater. I really like this one rock formation called the chimney stacks on the cliffs.

2. Carrick-a-Rede & Dark Hedges

Carrick-a-Rede

Carrick-a-Rede is a scenic bridge that crosses the sea over to this little island. I was just amazed by the watercolor there, which is so blue contrasted perfectly with the cream cliffs. Now, just 20 minutes from there, you can visit the Dark Hedges. It’s this avenue lined with over 90 beech trees. They were planted almost 250 years ago. Now, according to legend, there’s a ghost called the Grey Lady who wanders the road. Definitely has a spooky vibe, especially at night.

3. Slieve League Cliffs

Slieve League Cliffs

Located in the county of Donegal about a four-hour drive from Dublin, the Slieve League Cliffs are some of the highest cliffs in all of Europe, with a height of 601 meters. They’re just absolutely massive. Now, when you’re there, there are plenty of lookout points. There’s a path that walks along the cliffs that offers astounding views the whole way. I went there for sunset, but if you want to get the best lighting, I recommend going for sunrise. The light will hit those cliffs really nicely.

4. Malin Beg & Silver Strand Beach

Malin Beg

Malin Beg, now it’s just a 30-minute drive from Slieve League, and it’s home to one of the best beaches in all Ireland called the Silver Strand. It’s this horseshoe-shaped beach surrounded by green cliffs. Now, if the ocean wasn’t so cold, you would think you were on a tropical island.

Now, there’s a stairway that walks you down to the beach. I had such a great time walking along the sand and exploring the grassy cliffs. Also, in mountain bike, there’s this cool Napoleonic signal tower that was built over 200 years ago, and you can also get another vantage point of the Slieve League cliffs.

5. Mount Errigal & Eagle’s Rock

Mount Errigal

It’s the tallest peak in Donegal with a height of 751 meters. Now, if you’re up for a challenge, you can make the four-kilometer hike to the top to get some phenomenal views of the area. Afterward, we’re going to visit Eagle’s Rock, located about 40 minutes from Donegal. Eagle’s Rock is Ireland’s highest freestanding tower with a height of 330 meters. You can hike about six kilometers to reach the top of the plateau, and it’s really a beautiful area over there.

6. Downpatrick Head

Downpatrick Head

Located on the Wild Atlantic Way in North Mayo, it’s a distinctly shaped headland home to the impressive dune bristly sea stack. Now, during World War II, a lookout post was built here with the markings of Air 64, which were used by American aircraft so they knew they had reached neutral Ireland. I never knew what the purpose of those markings meant. I guess air is the Irish word for Ireland. Anyways, just pretty cool history.

7. Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Located on Ireland’s west coast about an hour’s drive from Dublin, the cliffs stretch over 14 kilometers, the highest reaching 214 meters above the sea. Now, when you go to the cliffs, you can park at the visitor center. When we were there, we parked at this place called Garden’s Path. It’s about five euros a person and a short walk to the cliffs, and not nearly as many people there.

Anyway, when we reached them, I was just amazed by the size of the cliffs. I mean, they were way bigger than I imagined, and they just dropped off straight into the ocean. If you want to walk to the end of the cliffs, you can make the trek to Hags Head. Also, another cool spot is O’Brien’s Tower, which was built in 1835. If you can, I recommend waiting for sunset as the light hits the cliffs giving it a strikingly orange glow.

Now, another really cool spot right next to the cliffs is Dunagar Castle, just like 10 minutes away, and it’s a 16th-century tower house. I just love its unique shape.

8. Aran Islands & Derryclare Lough

Aran Islands

Located right off the Galway the Aran Islands are made up of three islands with Inishmore being the largest. Now, to get to the islands, the best option is a ferry from Roseville. You can also leave from Doolin, which is close to the cliffs more. Now, the island is covered in these recognizable stone walls made from limestone.

I mean, they’re just literally everywhere. Now, while you’re on the island, you can rent a bike or just walk around and explore the intriguing landscapes and historical sites of the Aran Islands. Now, another really cool place on the mainland of Ireland is Derryclare Lough.

It’s located about an hour’s drive from Galway, and it’s this lake and it has this island with these distinct trees. It kind of reminds me of the island in Harry Potter where like Dumbledore’s wand was hidden. Anyways, it’s just this really scenic site on the countryside, and it’s worth a visit, especially if you’re into photography.

9. Gap of Dunloe

Gap of Dunloe

Located in the southwestern tip of Ireland about a four-hour drive from Dublin, the Gap of Dunlop is this incredibly scenic mountain pass. You can drive it if you’re comfortable with skinny windy roads. Now, we parked at the beginning of the pass near Kate Kearney’s cottage and then walked up.

Now, one of my favorite features of the Gap of Dunlop is its bridges. You can reach the Wishing Bridge with just a short walk from the parking lot. Another thing I really loved about the past was just the size of the mountains. I mean, they were just absolutely massive and they were just covered in this dark green color.

10. Kerry Cliffs

Kerry Cliffs

Located about an hour’s drive from Killarney, the Kerry Cliffs are some of the most beautiful in all of Ireland. They are over 300 meters high, and many people told me they liked them a lot more than the Cliffs. The cliffs have such a unique color and finger-like sections that extend into the sea. And there are plenty of viewpoints and just overall a great place to visit.

11. Skellig Islands

Skellig Islands

Now for our final destination, we’re going to visit the Skellig Islands. Now, this was the main reason I wanted to go to Ireland. There are these two islands located off of Kerry and are truly out of this world. The only way to get to the islands is by boat. We left from the town of Port Magee.

Now, the ride out to the islands was no joke. The sea was rough, but it definitely added to the adventure. After about an hour of boating, we made it to the island. We got off the boat and I was just so freaking stoked. Now, the stairs were just beyond cool.

There were hundreds, if not thousands, of puffins burrowed right next to the stairs and on the island slopes. I mean, they were just so freaking cute. We reached the midway point at Christ’s Saddle and then kept hiking to the top. After climbing the island’s 618 stairs, we finally made it to the monastery. Now, the history of the island is just absolutely fascinating.

The monastic settlement dates back to the 6th century where the monks of Saint Fionan lived simple lives on this isolated island. They built these beehive huts completely out of stone. They were precisely designed to make sure no water could get into them. Now, let’s believe there were about 12 monks that lived here at a time. In the 13th century, the monks left the island for mainland Ireland and since then Skellig has become a place for pilgrimage.

I mean, I can’t imagine what it must have been like to live on the island back then. You would have to take a rowboat out there on the turbulent sea and climb up the jagged rocks to reach the top. Those monks were sure ambitious, you know. After exploring the monastery, we hiked back down. I just couldn’t believe how windy it was up there.

We got back on the boat and went over to the northern side of the island, and then on our way back, we stopped at Little Skellig. This island is uninhabited, but it’s home to one of the largest colonies of Northern Gannets in the world.

I mean, I couldn’t believe how many birds there were and you sure could smell them. All in all, the Skellig Islands were one of the coolest places I’ve ever been and I couldn’t recommend them enough. If you do visit, you can either do a landing tour.

Conclusion

Ireland offers an enchanting array of natural wonders and historical sites that captivate visitors from around the world. From the iconic Cliffs of Moher to the mystical Skellig Islands, each destination reveals the rich tapestry of Ireland’s landscapes and heritage. Whether hiking along rugged cliffs, exploring ancient monastic settlements, or marveling at breathtaking vistas, a journey through Ireland promises unforgettable experiences. Embrace the adventure, immerse yourself in the beauty, and discover the magic that awaits in this extraordinary land.