From areas of scenic natural beauty to bustling towns and cities, these are the ten best places to visit in Ireland.
A land full of fascinating culture and history, friendly locals, and inspiring scenery, Ireland has plenty for visitors to enjoy. Whether you’d prefer an escape to rural Ireland or want to discover its lively cities, you sure won’t be disappointed by a visit to the Emerald Isle.
With historic sites by the dozen, some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, and friendly locals who will be more than happy to help you get involved in Irish culture, Ireland is a true gem for tourists.
So, if you’re planning a trip, here are the ten best places to visit in Ireland.
10. Achill Island, Co. Mayo – the Wild Atlantic Way in all its glory
Situated off the west coast of Ireland in County Mayo is Achill Island, first up on our list of the best places to visit in Ireland.
This amazing island really does show off some of the best that the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer. Among the highlights are Keem Beach, the Croaghaun Cliffs, and the world-renowned Atlantic Drive.
9. Slieve League, Co. Donegal – among Europe’s highest sea cliffs
Often overshadowed by the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, County Donegal’s Slieve League Cliffs are not to be missed.
These dramatic cliffs tower an impressive 609 m (1998 ft) over the Atlantic Ocean below, making them some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe.
8. Cobh, Co. Cork – the Titanic’s last port of call
Previously called Queenstown until 1920, Cobh is known as the last port of call of the ill-fated Titanic.
Today, this charming port town on the south coast of County Cork is a must-visit for its colourful ‘Deck of Cards’ houses and fantastic museums.
7. Wicklow Mountains National Park, Co. Wicklow – a historic and scenic stop
The Wicklow Mountains National Park, nicknamed the ‘Garden of Ireland’, is certainly not to be missed on your Irish bucket list.
The focal point of this scenic area is the ‘Valley of the Two Lakes’, Glendalough. Not only is this an amazing natural attraction, but it also plays host to an impressive 6th-century monastic site.
6. Dublin, Co. Dublin – pay a visit to the capital
No list of the best places to visit in Ireland would be complete without mentioning the country’s capital.
This bustling city is the perfect blend of modern and traditional, with historic sites and buildings set alongside modern architecture and high street shops. Some of the best things to do in Dublin are the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College and the Book of Kells, and Temple Bar.
5. Connemara National Park, Co. Galway –
Connemara National Park in County Galway is arguably among the most beautiful spots in Ireland.
Home to Killary Fjord, the only fjord in Ireland, the historic Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden, and the majestic Twelve Bens, a day spent exploring Connemara National Park is a day well spent.
4. Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare – an iconic natural attraction
Often named among Ireland’s top tourist attractions, the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare truly are a sight to behold.
Towering 214 m (702 ft) above the wild Atlantic Ocean below, these famous cliffs offer views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay on a clear day.
3. Galway, Co. Galway – Ireland’s cultural capital
We’ve already mentioned a trip to Ireland’s official capital, but you can’t visit the Emerald Isle without checking out its cultural capital.
This incredible city is recognisable for its narrow streets lined by colourful shopfronts, the beautiful Salthill Promenade, and the abundance of street performers who make the city streets their stage.
2. Causeway Coast, Co. Antrim – one of the best things to do in Northern Ireland
One of the highlights of a trip to Northern Ireland is, without a doubt, a drive along the Causeway Coast.
Starting in Belfast and ending in Derry, this route is home to the mythical Giant’s Causeway, the historic Dunluce Castle, an abundance of beautiful beaches, and more.
1. The Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry – one of Ireland’s most scenic routes
Topping our list of the best places to visit in Ireland is the truly majestic Ring of Kerry.
This incredible scenic loop takes in some of the best bits of Ireland’s natural, rugged beauty. Starting at the fantastic Killarney National Park, highlights along the way include Muckross House, the Skellig Islands, Rossbeigh Beach, and many more.