Ireland, also known as The Emerald Isle has a rich history and culture. Up until now, this place is blessed with lush green hills and majestic coasts, making it one of the top tourist destinations.
A Guide to Ireland
If you’ve been eyeing this gem but don’t know where to start, we’ve created a guide for you. Since Ireland is so vast, we turned the 4 regions into 7 to make it easier.
The largest city in Ireland is also your best gateway to the Isles. This city may be bustling with busy roads but it’s full of history in every corner.
Speaking of rich history, head to the Christ Church Cathedral. Founded by the Viking King Sitric, this 1024 church contains 14th-century manuscripts and artifacts and even Saint Laurence O’Toole’s heart, Dublin’s patron saint.
Another one on the list is Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious university. If you’re into castle-like structures, why not visit Dublin Castle? End your trip by visiting Temple Bar while you can get your retail therapy at Grafton Street.
The East of Ireland
The East consists of 8 counties, named Meath, Westmeath, Kildare, Longford, Offaly, Louth, Wicklow, and Laois. Here are some of the highlights you shouldn’t miss.
If you enjoy scenic routes, drive down to Sally Gap. To get the best views, try going in the afternoon or late in the morning. Watch out for sheep on the road!
Go kayaking or hiking at Lough Dan. If you think spending just one day here isn’t enough, there are a lot of accommodation options here.
You can also head over to Silver Strand Beach to enjoy the sea without the crowd.
If you’re into old architecture, try visiting the Castletown House, Glendalough, and the Powerscourt. If you’re more into ruins, check out Newgrange, Clonmacnoise, and The Jealous Wall.
The West of Ireland
The western region is composed of 3 counties: Galway, Mayo, and Roscommon.
Start with the most popular attraction in the region -- the dramatic cliffs of Moher.
If you can’t get enough of the stark contrast between cliffs and the sea, check out Downpatrick Head. Standing tall over the Atlantic ocean, it’s another view you shouldn’t miss.
If you’re into enchanting forests and picturesque gardens, visit the Kylemore Abbey for Victorian walled gardens with flora planted using methods during that era.
Galway city should not be left out. Considered Ireland’s cultural hub, this city is full of festivities and lively pubs. Walk on the cobbled streets and enjoy their art and way of life.
The North-West of Ireland
The North-West region is considered the most romantic region of Ireland. It’s full of small villages nestled between green landscapes and beautiful lakes and beaches. The counties you’ll find here are Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, and Sligo.
Check out Slieve League Cliffs, one of the highest cliffs that face the sea in Europe. You can also watch some cliff-diving competitions here. If you can’t get enough of that, try visiting the Glenevin Waterfall, Maghera Beach, and Caves, or even one of Leitrim’s lakes.
The South-East of Ireland
Fishing villages, seaside towns, castles, and church ruins, this region is one of the most popular holiday destinations. Considered the warmest and driest region, the counties from here are Kilkenny, Carlow, Wexford, Tipperary, and Waterford.
Check out Tintern Abbey and the Rock of Cashel, both founded during the 13th century by the Earl of Pembroke. Nearby the Tintern Abbey is the Colclough Walled Garden where you will find some tea rooms nearby where you can have a little break.
If you're a foodie, head onto Dungarvan for the Waterford Festival of Food.
Last but not least, The Glen of Aherlow is a picturesque valley that can be enjoyed best during summer.
The South-West of Ireland
The South-West region comprises counties, Cork and Kerry. It's rich in peninsulas and coves.
Cork city is known in Ireland for its mouthwatering cuisine. Make sure to have a pint of Murphy's while you're in the area.
Another route you should drive through is The Ring of Kerry. You'll see lakes, glens, islands, beaches, and even mountains as you pass through here.
If you're looking for something surreal, check out the Irish Sky Garden.
Northern Ireland has 6 counties: Londonderry, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Antrim, Down, and Armagh.
If you're into movies, Belfast city was used as a location for series like Game of Thrones and The Fall. Check out their murals too.
Looking for something unique? Try The Titanic Experience.
If you're a dare-devil, the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge would suit you. If you want something calmer, try The Stairway to Heaven, also known as the Cuilcagh Mountain Trail.
Ireland is such a vast region with diverse landscapes and attractions. You won’t run out of activities to do here. Whether you are enamored with their seaside cliffs, evergreen hills, or lively cities, you’ll surely never forget this place.
Which of these places in Ireland would you like to visit?