If you’re looking for somewhere to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life, where’s the ideal destination for you? Is it a sun-soaked beach somewhere in the Med, or is it somewhere a little more unusual and exotic? Wherever you decide to visit, the key to enjoying yourself is planning and preparing in advance.
Ireland is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the British Isles, and dare we say, the entire world. Because of that, it is the perfect holiday destination for people that want to get away, without travelling to the farthest reaches of the earth.
Ireland is home to some of the most amazing locals you could ever imagine, and you can guarantee that, upon arrival, you’ll be made to feel more welcome than you used to feel when visiting your granny for Sunday dinner.
I personally cannot say a bad word about Ireland, which is why I’ll be sharing these se7en suggestions of the best locations to visit in Ireland.
Take in the vistas at the Cliffs of Moher
Ireland is a place of natural beauty, there’s no denying that. With its lush green countryside and rugged coastline, it’s easy to see why lovers of all things beautiful fall in love with the place.
One of the most stunning natural attractions that I encountered in Ireland, though, was the Cliffs of Moher.
Rising up majestically and dramatically from the Atlantic Ocean, these cliffs are truly special to behold.
Over 120 metres in height, the cliffs offer stunning views out to sea and of the surrounding areas, and they make for some very special photo opportunities.
What I found useful was that there is a relatively new visitor centre, which provided very helpful info for people looking to travel back in time and uncover the cliffs’ dramatic backstory.
Enjoy the craic on Grafton Street
If you find yourself in Dublin, you simply must make sure that you visit the quirky and eye-opening Grafton Street.
Before heading to Dublin, I’d heard a lot of good things about Grafton Street, and I can honestly say that when I visited, they all exceeded my wildest expectations, and then some.
Grafton Street is so much more than a High Street. It is a hub for all things creative. Rife with buskers, live music, performance art, and sole traders peddling unusual and quirky items, I had a whale of a time here.
It’s also a great place to visit if you do want to spend a few Euros and do some shopping.
Visit the Little Museum of Dublin
Another thing you simply must do when visiting Ireland is book yourself a visit to the Little Museum of Dublin.
This is a museum that is perfect for anybody looking to learn about Dublin’s recent history and is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
The museum grew from humble beginnings and now offers guests plenty of guided tours where they can see items donated to the museum, including a lectern used by JFK himself, and mementos donated by the band U2.
Gasp in awe at the Blarney Stone and Blarney Castle
Now, this may be controversial, but in my opinion, this is Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction.
The Blarney Stone sits prominently atop a tower forming part of Blarney Castle, situated not too far away from Cork.
It is reputed to bestow famed Irish eloquence to all who are brave enough to hang their heads over the edge of the parapets in order to kiss it, so be sure to pucker up, but be safe.
The stone itself is popular, but it is certainly not the only reason to consider visiting, as Blarney Castle is also hugely popular.
Built more than 6 centuries ago by Cormac McCarthy, everything from the creepy dungeons, to the vast and intimidating towers will keep you entertained for hours.
Seek Solitude at Killarney National Park
Remember when I said that Ireland was home to some of the most amazing vistas? Well, Killarney National Park is a prime example of what I meant.
Situated in stunning County Kerry, the park itself is untouched by the modern world, and looks virtually the same now as it did thousands of years ago.
If you like the great outdoors, stop reading this and book your trip to Ireland just to see this amazing park. Home to red deer, yew, ash, and oak forests, eye-catching rock formations, mountains, and shimmering lakes and streams, it is possibly the most tranquil spot on the planet.
Spend a day in Dingle
Dingle may have a quirky name, but once you stop giggling at the name and appreciate it for what it really is, you’ll understand why I fell in love with the place, and why you will too.
Dingle juts out amidst the powerful swells of the Atlantic Ocean and is nestled snuggly between Mount Brandon and the beautiful coastline of County Kerry.
This is a town that just oozes friendly Irish charm. With its brightly painted buildings, decidedly Irish pubs, and friendly atmosphere, this fishing town is the perfect place to sample some stunning seafood with a pint of the black stuff.
Enjoy the nightlife of Galway
Galway is the largest city of West Ireland and it happens to be a place where the nightlife is unreal.
With cobbled streets, art shops, cafes, and medieval architecture, the city is a great place to visit in the day.
If you want to see why Ireland has a reputation for being the party capital of the world, though, throw on your glad rags, hop in a taxi, and head here after dark.
With live music, pubs, clubs, and bars, the nightlife here is fantastic. If you want to have fun, learn about the history and culture of the area, and see just how much the Irish really can party, make sure you enjoy a night on the tiles in Galway.
As always, drink responsibly and be sensible, and you’ll have the time of your life.
Really looking forward to the day when all this blows off and travelling is once again possible. Until then stay safe, wash your hands and don’t stop wandering (to the store)!
And for the love of God, don’t join the flock of toilet paper hoaders.