10 Best Places to Visit in Ireland

10 Best Places to visit in Ireland

Check out the Best Places to visit in Ireland and learn what magical spots must be on your list. The guide will help you get the most of beautiful Ireland. You might also like to learn the 10  biggest cities in Ireland, packed with fountains of activities and fun for all the family.  

Here is a list of the 10 Best Places to visit in Ireland

1. Cliffs of Moher

In the Burren region of County Clare are sea cliffs stretching to about 14 kilometers.  They rise to different elevations on different directions, reaching its maximum height of 214 meters eight kilometers to the north, a few meters away from the round stone tower at the midpoint of the cliffs called O’Brien’s Tower. From the tower, visitors can gaze on the County Galway’s Twelve Pins mountain ranges to the north and the Loop Head to the south.  It is a very popular tourist destination. Receiving an annual average of 1.5 million visitors, the Cliffs of Moher was ranked among the most visited spots in Ireland. The name of the cliff originated from the name of the fort that used to stand on its cliff coast, named Mother or Moher. The cliff may be accessed from multiple points but there is an 18 kilometer Cliff Walk. Cliffs of Moher attract people from all over the globe. It’s always on the top list of the best places to visit in Ireland.    

2. Giant’s Causeway

Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986 and as a national nature reserve by Northern Ireland’s Depart of Environment, the massive Giant’s Causeway contains 40,000 basalt columns, interlocked by an ancient fissure eruption.  The steps leading from the cliff foot disappear beneath the sea.  Majority of these columns are hexagonal but there are a lot with different polygon patterns. The National Trust manages a huge portion of the Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast World Heritage Site while the Crown estate and private landowners own the remainder of it. Legends have it that the columns are remnants of a causeway built by a giant.  It is believed to be the result of the battle of the Irish Giant Fionn and the Scottish Giant Benandonner. Giant’s Causeway is another of of the best places to visit in Ireland, that attracts visitors all year round.    

It’s alos one of the UNESCO Word Heritage sites in Ireland. 

3. Glendalough

Glendalough, also called Valley of two lakes, can be found in County Wicklow, Ireland.  This glacial valley is most known for a monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin in the 16th century during the early medieval times. St. Kevin, is one of the descendants of Leinster’s ruling families.  He went to Glendalough to be under the tutelage of three holy men namely Lochan, Eoghan and Eanna.   He came back to the valley with a small group of monks that would form his monastery on “the place where two rivers form a confluence’  He conducted discussions about his writings and became an influential man attracting many followers. Glendalough is a top spot when visiting Dublin (is withing short drive)  and Wicklow , and also one of the best places to visit in Ireland.

4. Ring of Kerry

The circular tourist route Ring of KErry is situated in County Kerry, southwestern Ireland.  Running 179 kilometers, “The Ring” as it is colloquially called, attracts many tourists especially during the summer months.  It is a known day trip with cycling trails and an established walk called The Kerry Way, which provides a scenic route along the drive to the Ring of Kerry. There are many digressions to the route such as the ones that pass through St. Finian’s Bay and Valeria island.  It also hosts the gap of Dunloa, Derrynane House, Bog Village, the Skellig Experience Valentia, Moll’s Gap and Torc Waterfall. Ring of Keery is a very unique attraction and is always between best places to visit in Ireland.    

5. Killarney National Park

Having the distinction as being the first national park in Ireland, it covers an  expanse of 25,425 acres serving as home to a diverse ecology, which includes the Lakes of Killarney, the woodlands of oak and yew, and various mountain peaks. It is the habitat of the only herd of red deer on mainland Ireland and the location of the only surviving native forest of extensive coverage.  The quality, diversity and extensiveness of the ecology in the area has given it the designation as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.   It is maintained and managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.  The main advocacy of the park is nature conservation. Killarney is one of the favorite attractions and one of the best places to visit in Ireland.  

6. Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge

Stories say that salmon fishmongers have been building the Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge for as early as 350 years ago, but it continues to evolve even up to this day.   The bridge has taken many forms.   The bridge in the 1970s had a single handrail with slats of large gaps.  A new one was built in 2000 and another one in 2004.  Yet another was constructed in 2008, and the latest in 2017, when the bridge’s structural ropes were damaged. The scarcity of salmon led the cessation of the fishing.  The bridge is the vantage point for stunning views of Scotland and the Raithlin Island.  It has been declared an Area of Special Scientific Interest as an acknowledgment to its unique flora and fauna.  There are large caves that were once used as homes for boat builders. When you pay a visit to Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge, you know why it’s included in the 10 Best places to visit in Ireland.  

7. Dingle Peninsula

The Dingle Peninsula sits on the northernmost tip of County Kerry’s  major peninsulas.  It was created by the band of sandstone rock forming the Slieve Mish mountain range. The western end is home to many renowned authors and poets.  It is also the location of Gallaunmore. After you discover Dingle Peninsula, then you know why it’s included in the 10 Best places to visit in Ireland.  

8. Marble Arch Caves

The splendid arch that is actually a calcite formation is a show cave for budding explorers.  The exquisite cave system was created by the water of  the Cuilcagh river passing through its limestone rocks. The French speleologist Edouard Martel together with the young scientist Lyster Jameson, first explored the Marble Arch Caves in 1895.  It was the geologist and fossil collector Earl of Enniskillen who commissioned the two explorers to find out the depth and magnanimity of the limestone cave complex.  It seemed to be  a daunting task since the bog of the Cuilcagh mountain had blanketed the cave for millions of years.  The pair, however, bravely made their way underneath the rocks using a collapsible boat and magnesium strips of light.  

9. Blarney Castle and Gardens

Legends have it that eloquence is bestowed to whoever kisses a famed stone located in the historic Blarney Castle.  It was Queen Elizabeth I who introduced the word ‘blarney’ as a description for “a pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending”.   One has to grasp an iron railing and lean backwards from the walk to be able to kiss the stone. Visitors are treated to a mythical place of ancient trees and more ancient stones believed to be druidic in origin and used as a place for worship back in the pre-Christian days.  It exudes an aura of magic and mysticism with areas such as the Wishing Steps, and the Witch’s Kitchen. The acres of parkland in Blarney Castle grounds are filled with rare species of trees and plants.  

10. Titanic Belfast

Bellowing as a symbol of Belfast’s maritime heritage, on the site of the former shipyard of Harland and Wolff in the Titanic Quarter of the city, the Titanic Belfast is a famed tourist attraction.  Its 12,000 square meters of floor space is dedicated to private function rooms, community facilities and a series of galleries, along with a destination bar called Hickson’s Point which was recently added. The building lists its location on Queen’s Island and was originally used for the production of huge slipways and graving docks. More that 800,000 visitors were welcomed by this attraction and has held 350 conferences and sold 1,376 bottles of champagne.