With rich culture, breathtaking landscapes, great history, hair-raising coastal cliffs and friendly locals, Ireland or the ‘Emerald Isle’ is one of the best destinations for international travelers. Here is a list of some of the best tourist attractions in Ireland you can’t miss.
1. Ring of Kerry
It is the most scenic route in Ireland, running along the coastline of the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula. You can start your tour from Killarneytown and explore some amazing places such as Killarney National park, Muckross House, Stone forts, ancient monasteries and the Ireland’s tallest mountain Carrantuohill.
2. Cliffs of Moher
It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland. Rising approximately 702 feet from the shoreline, Cliffs of Moher is visited by millions of people every year. It is named after an old promontory fort called ‘Moher’. It offers picturesque views of the Atlantic ocean. You can also see the Maum Turk Mountains, the Twelve Pins, Galway Bay and more from the top of these cliffs.
3. Aran islands
Situated at the mouth of Galway Bay, Aran islands or Arans are a group of three islands named Inisheer, Inishmaan and Inishmore. On visiting these islands, you will see traditional Irish villages and towns. The inhabitants of the islands speak Gaelic as their first language. You can also enjoy a ride on horse-drawn buggies at this place. Inishmore, the largest of three, boasts a 2,000-year-old stone fortress, thus don’t forget to visit there.
4. Giant’s Causeway
It is one of the best natural wonders in Ireland. Giant’s causeway consists of nearly 40,000 interlocking basalt columns formed by volcanic eruptions around 50 to 60 years ago. It was declared as UNESCO world heritage site in 1986. Walking along the basalt columns really offers unforgettable experiences, so must include this place in your itienary.
Located few kilometers away from the south of Dublin, Glendalough or ‘Valley of Two Lakes’ is among the Ireland’s best monastic sites. This monastic settlement was formed by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Scenic beauty and rich history are the highlights of the Glendalough. The Round Tower and uncompleted 9th-century cathedral also attracts many visitors. There is a Visitor Centre from where you can get all the information you need.
6. Trinity College Dublin
Trinity College in Dublin is of great importance for history lovers because of its invaluable treasures such as Long Room of its old library (also filmed in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) and fabulous Book of Kells. It was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century. The best time to visit this Ireland’s oldest university is during the month of May because at that time, the exams of the students get finished.
7. The Rock of Cashel
The Rock of Cashel is a famous historic site in Ireland. There are many Medieval buildings to see here such as a 13th-century Gothic cathedral, a 15th-century castle, the 12th-century round tower, the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral, the High Cross and Romanesque Chapel. Exhibitions and audio-visual shows are also organised here, thus don’t forget to watch them.