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Ireland Travel Guide - Places to visit in Ireland | Wanderlist Travel

Ireland Travel Guide by Wanderlist Travel 

Regarded as one of the Celtic nations, this country is full of lush green plains with low-lying mountains, and adventure around every corner.

Useful Information

  • The island of Ireland has two divisions: The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (U.K.)
    • Must cross a border between the two countries
  • Language: English and Gaelic 
  • Currency: Republic of Ireland: euro; Northern Ireland: pound
  • Transportation: the best way to get around, on your own time, is to rent a car
    • Roads are narrow, so rent the smallest car you can
    • Manual cars are cheaper to rent than automatic cars
    • You will need a valid license and credit card to rent 
  • Weather: it can be unpredictable, with temperatures averaging in the 50s and rain often 

Top Attractions for Adventure Seekers

County Dublin

  • Howth- a small fishing village, not only home to great shopping, but offers breath-taking views of the bay
    • Hike the cliff walks
    • Go fishing
    • Explore the beaches
  • Malahide Castle
    • In the summer, enjoy yoga on the castle grounds
    • Talbot Botanic Gardens: only 1 out of 4 botanical gardens in Ireland

County Cork

  • Atlantic Sea Kayaking
    • Offers dawn, day, sunset, and moonlight/starlight trips
    • Book in advance to secure spot!
    • Sights- marine life, bio-luminescence, whale-watching, caves
  • Whale Watching
    • Best time to go is from September to November

County Kerry

  • Killarney National Park
    • There are many must-see sights inside the park, like Torc Waterfall, Ross Castle,
      Innisfallen Island, and Muckross Abbey
      • Torc Waterfall- can get busy and congested during summer months, but
        worth visiting
      • Ross Castle- the castle was built by O'Donoghue Mór in the 15th
        century. It is said that you can still catch a glimpse of O’Donoghue and his
        horse rise from the lake.
      • Innisfallen Island- a major source of Irish history.  Boat trips to the island
        leave from the Ross Castle area from Ross and Reen piers.
      • Muckross Abbey- founded for the Observatine Franciscans in about 1448
  • Skellig Michael
    • Located 12km off the coast of Co. Kerry
    • Both landing and boat tours available, but most reserve spot with private boat company months in advance for spot. (180 people are allowed on the island each day)
    • UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Filming location for Star Wars Episodes VII and VIII
  • Ring of Kerry
    • Bike or drive 
    • Most popular drives in Ireland
    • Many must-see sights in County Kerry can easily be found along the Ring of Kerry
  • Dingle
    • Inch and Coumeenoole beaches 
    • Watch the sunset on Conor Pass
    • Hop on a boat tour to try to spot Fungie, the famous dolphin of Dingle

County Kilkenny

  • Dunmore Cave- guided tour treasure, filled with Viking tales

County Galway

  • Connemara National Park
    • Features 2,957 hectares (7,307 acres) of mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands,
      and forests
    • Sunrise or sunset are the perfect times to summit
    • View the wildlife
  • Aran Islands
    • “One of the World’s Top Island Destinations,” according to National Geographic
    • Provides a true Irish experience
    • Connect with the locals
    • Explore the Celtic ruins at Na Seacht dTeampaill
    • Scuba dive at Inis Meain

County Clare

  • Cliffs of Moher
    • Typically, the top of all tourist’s must-see lists
    • Hike the 5 miles (8km) of the Cliffs

County Sligo

  • Known as the “Adventure Capital of Ireland”
  • Go SUP (stand up paddleboard) around Lake Isle

Where to Stay

  • Book in advance, especially during peak times, like summer months
  • Hotels
    • Rated one to five-star scale
  • Airbnb
    • Check availability of housing on the app or website
  • Lodges/B&Bs/Guesthouses
    • Often family-run accommodations
    • Very few rooms available compared to a larger-scale hotel
  • Unique Accommodations
    • Lighthouses, medieval castles, historic houses, and country homes
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