Ireland is a beautiful country. The Emerald Isle is right on our doorstep and has so much to offer. Whether you are wanting to experience dramatic cliffs that have been sculpted by the Atlantic or luscious green golf courses, Ireland is ready for you!
I’ve taken a look at the top 5 must-visit destinations to visit in Ireland to help you start planning your next trip! Before you book your holiday, it is always worth checking out the latest government travel advice.
Situated in County Kerry in the southwest of Irealnd, Killarney boasts its own National Park. An appealing mix of outdoor adventure with relaxation and entertainment has helped Killarney take a leading spot in the list!
Let’s start with adventure! Killarney is home to the tallest mountain in the whole of Ireland. Carrauntoohil stands at just over 1,000 metres. Whilst this is not one for the fainthearted, those who do pursue a route to the summit are met with stunning views across the range and the lakes below.
Fancy a more relaxing day in Killarney? Take one of the traditional horse and carriage trips around the town and finish off with some craft beer and pizza at the local brewing company. There are more classic Irish dishes to be found though should you want to complete the Irish experience!
Killarney can be explored by water or road and the town is geared up to show you all it has to offer. You won’t run out of things to do in Killarney!
I can’t read ‘Galway’ without humming, “Galway girl” by Ed Sheeran and now you can’t either! Galway is situated on the west coast of Ireland and is home to many festivals throughout the year. It is worth seeing what’s on and time your visit accordingly if you can!
With the Atlantic waves crashing against the coastline, the scenes are stunning. Oscar Wilde described the area as a place of “savage beauty” and it isn’t hard to understand why. Authentic Irish pubs are aplenty in Galway and a safe haven from the dramatic seafront. You know where you’ll find me!
30 miles off the coast from Galway Bay lay the Aran Islands. The three islands transport you back to an Ireland of yesteryear and are well worth a visit! You can easily get to the Aran Islands by boat from Rossaveal.
We are staying on the Wild Atlantic Coast with our next pick: Sligo. Famed for their beautiful beaches, you will always find a spot on the expansive sands that hug the coast. You can try your hand at surfing the Atlantic waves, exploring new rocks by Kayak or a casual pony trek on the sands.
Bring your walking boots because there is so much to explore on-foot. Forests, lakes and parkland are all around and this walking website was particularly useful in planning. There are walks for people and groups of all ages and activity levels so take your pick!
Dingle is another top destination to visit in Ireland. The best way to appreciate what Dingle has to offer is to start with a drive on the Slea Head Loop that provides breathtaking views of the cliffs (as you drive on top of them!). Take it slow and enjoy the ride.
As with Galway, there are some islands that can be accessed by boat from Dingle. The Blasket Islands were last inhabited in 1953 after 300 years of occupation. Now empty, the islands offer a unique view of Dingle Bay.
Have you heard of Fungi the bottlenose dolphin? A dolphin of legendary status that goes much further than the shores of Ireland, Fungi is always happy to see tourists. Try to catch up with him by joining a boat tour and the guide will keep an eye out for him!
Last, but by no means least, we present Clifden. Killary Harbour is the only fjord in Ireland so is a very good starting point! Part of the Connemara National Park, the fjord marks one end of the park that covers an area of 11 square miles with mountains, grasslands and bogs to explore.
The Twelve Bens mountain range is a key attraction to the Clifden area. Whilst not famed for its beaches, there are coves to explore on the coast for those feeling adventurous! You may want to take a fishing rod and see what you can catch.
History buffs may be interested in visiting Marconi House which is the site of where the first transatlantic telegraph was received in 1907. Those interested in slightly older relics can knock on the gate of the 19th Century Clifden castle.
Ireland is a stunning country and hope you enjoy your visit!