The vibrant city of Dublin may be the first place most people think of when Ireland is mentioned but this gem of country offers a lot more than the capital. Ireland is home to some absolutely stunning spots, historic attractions, and an incredible coastline.
Over eight million visitors traveled to Ireland in 2013. If you’re looking to join them, then be sure to spend some time exploring both the cities and those justifiably famous landmarks.
Landscapes of Intrigue
This country is filled with some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes. If you’re looking for inspiration and a ‘wow’ factor head to the Cliffs of Moher. This five mile long stretch of cliffs towers above the Atlantic Ocean to a height of 700 feet and the views are unbeatable. On a clear day you can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay as well as the Maumturk Mountains; these views alone attract over a million people every year. There’s a lot more to set your eyes on in County Clare, including the 30 minute trip through the magical Aillwee Cave to view the caverns and mighty waterfall.
Drive the Ring of Kerry
If you’re hankering after the fantasy image of an Ireland filled with welcoming villages, historic ruins, magnificent castles and picture postcard scenery then the Ring of Kerry is where it’s at. This is the Ireland we all want to view and it’s easily obtainable via the 179km Ring of Kerry tourist route. Hiring a car is the best way to view this south-western area. The lakes and mountain scenery don’t come much better than this. You can enjoy peaceful marinas, charming seaside villages such as Waterville, the dramatic Dingle Peninsula, and more than a few beautiful little beaches.
The capital city
Dublin is one of the world’s most famous cities and offers some of the best nightlife and live music venues. Temple Bar is the place for one of the most fun nights out in the ridiculously lively pubs and you can cure your hangover the next day with the Guinness Storehouse tour. Visit the Gothic looking Kilmainham prison, which dates back to 1796 or take in a trip to one of the city’s many museums, like the National Leprechaun Museum (yes, really!). Above all enjoy the atmosphere and the buzz found in the many restaurants, bars and riverside cafes of this cosmopolitan city. And… if you were ever going to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, you have to do it there!
You can easily find plenty of low cost, last minute deals Ireland has to offer throughout the year. Immerse yourself fully in the Irish culture and you’ll leave with a smile on your face and a newfound appreciation for this fascinating country.