The Best Places to Visit in Ireland: Editor’s Pick [Slideshow]
It’s Saint Patrick’s Day and what better way to celebrate, than to don your best green attire, sip on a Guinness and check out the top places to visit?
The ‘Emerald Isle’ never fails to impress, from windswept cliffs to remote stone villages and vibrant nightlife.
Ancient history is on display on a backdrop of lush landscapes, it’s acclaimed for literature with a wealth of Nobel Prize winners and outdoor pursuits such as horse riding, golf, sailing and hiking feature heavily on any tourist itinerary.
To top it off, friendly locals with that famous twinkle in the eye will keep you laughing, no matter where you go.
No visit to Ireland would be complete without climbing the steps to kiss the Blarney Stone and receive the gift of eloquence. As an extra bonus, you no longer need to be held by the ankles and lowered over the battlements to do so. After ticking that off your bucket list, discover the Castle and the Gardens.
Kylemore Abbey, with its Victorian walled garden is a romantic treat. Here, you can learn about an evocative history in the Abbey’s restored rooms, stroll to the Gothic Church and make a wish at the Giant’s Ironing Stone.
Cliffs of Mohar
Ireland’s most visited tourist attraction stretches a magnificent 8 kilometres along the County Clare coast. The dramatic cliffs combine with panoramic views over the Atlantic, for picture perfect happy snaps.
Ring of Kerry
Explore unspoilt territory on the Kerry tourist trail. You’ll see Iron Age forts, pristine beaches and sparkling lakes encircled by soaring mountains. Within the incredible scenery, go fishing, cycling, hiking or driving to make the most of the adventure.
Glendadough Monastic City
Discover Ireland’s Ancient East at Glendadough Monastic City, in County Wicklow. Founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century, here you’ll learn all about a tragic, dramatic and heroic past, at the interactive centre.
The Giant's Causeway
Unique rock formations create a sense of wonder and mystery, at The Giant’s Causeway. Legend has it that the World Heritage Site’s towering columns are the ruins of a causeway, built by – you guessed it – a giant. When you see them, you might just believe it.
There are so many pubs in Dublin, you’ll have a hard time deciding where to go for the next drink. One thing’s for sure – you’ll have a jolly good time. The city’s famous nightlife rivals any other, with everything from casual late bars to indie music venues and swanky clubs.
Step back in time with a visit to the Aran Islands. Each of the three islands, located at the mouth of Galway Bay, offer unique culture, where Gaelic is the first language. See ancient ruins, sleepy towns with stone cottages and wild, unspoilt landscapes.
Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms
Located near the Killarney town centre and surrounded by the Killarney National Park, this magnificent attraction is for history, nature and garden lovers. The 19th century Victorian mansion sits splendidly on the shores of Muckross Lake, surrounded by spectacular, landscaped grounds.
Visit Titanic Belfast and learn about the city’s maritime history. The iconic building offers nine interactive galleries, telling the fascinating story of RMS Titanic.