Three-foot-high stone fences while feeling the wind on your face sounds like a pretty promising journey already. Now, add sheer cliffs, fantastic history, great beer, and St Patrick. You get Ireland, a trip that, if you decide to make, will be pretty unforgettable.
If you are going to visit the country, most people recommend you just rent a car and get lost in the villages, absorbing the culture of the people. You have actually to spend quite some time there. If you are not able to do that and can visit for a few days, this is the thing that you must do when visiting this country.
But before, a little disclaimer. Ireland is vast and has a lot of places that are musts. However, these are just the places that you should visit.
1. Cliffs of Moher
Open any travel blog that mentions Ireland, and you’ll see this in their must-visits. It is just one of the prettiest sceneries you’ll ever get to see in your lifetime. There is a reason why it is the most famous tourist destination in Ireland, and it is because the view is incredible. People have been coming to this place for thousands of years to appreciate it. You can hike along the cliffs or sit down by them. You can also stop by the Visitor’s Center and check out the Atlantic Edge exhibit, which is worth the experience.
This is a tourist town in Southern Ireland. But it isn’t just a tourist town; it is probably the most visited little town in the south of the country. If you are interested in going along the Ring of Kerry, this is a popular starting point, and most people use it as such. However, this little town is extremely picturesque. Next, to the city you can visit the Killarney National Park, where you can visit Ross Castle or Muckross Abbey, there are even some traditional farms for you to go to. For a day trip, Killarney works excellent, but also if you want to live the nightlife a little and visit the pubs.
3. Giants Causeway
The ancients believed the Causeway was not a natural feature, and the second you see it, you’ll understand why. The second you see it, you will understand why. The name of this site comes from the fact that, in the old days, they thought giants indeed made the shapes and hexagonal columns. Apart from admiring these extraordinary structures, you can paddle through the cost. Finally, a little recommendation, watch it during sunrise, or sunset. The light will be creating a very romantic scenery for you to absorb and enjoy.
4. The Peace Walls in Belfast
These walls are massive and used to separate two communities in Belfast, Ireland. Most of these walls were built during “The Troubles” period since riots between sects were frequent in this part of the country. This attraction is filled with history and murals you will love. There are no longer sounds of gunshots and bombs, but they are the last remnants of turbulent times. The walls are still there, reminding the Irish people of how politics once divided their country (and always do).
Although New grange is pretty amazing on its own, the real highlight of this visit is going during the Winter Solstice. During this time, the passage is illuminated uniquely. Above the entrance of this passage, there is a part called the roof-box. During the winter solstice, the sunlight comes through that roof-box and penetrates it traveling through the 19-meter journey and into the chamber. As the sun rises during this time, the room becomes more illuminated. The view is pretty dramatic.
6. Guinness Factory
Learn everything about Ireland’s most famous beer. If you visit the factory, not only will you be able to learn a lot about the known beer, but you will also be taught how to pour the perfect pint of beer. Surprisingly or not, this is the No.1 tourist attraction in Ireland. So if you are a beer lover, or are just particularly interested in beer, then it is probably a great idea to visit.
7. Bunratty Castle
This destination will make you feel like a total prince or princess. It is one of Irelands most well-preserved tower houses. This castle is the center of a folk park that is full of traditional Irish cottages and traditional shops and pubs inside of the small village. You can wander the grounds and see the beautiful walled garden, filled with plenty of animals. If you are traveling with kids, there is even a play area that has a wooden castle. The location also hosts Medieval Banquet nightly, which is filled with classical Irish music, dances, fun and lots of different ways of entertainment.
8. Sean’s Bar
We all love a good bar. And this bar is so good that it has been around for longer than every single bar in Ireland, and the world. Sean’s bar is the oldest bar in the world, it was opened 1100 years ago, and you can go there and drink a pint. Can you even imagine how the bar was back then? A lot of archaeological records have found that the walls have been there ever since 900 AD. There are also records of the owners that go back to the 10th century.