Ireland Top 6 Places To Visit
IRELAND TOP 6 PLACES TO VISIT
These “TOP” lists are pretty subjective and will vary from individual to individual. This is our Ireland Top 6 Places to Visit. There are just so many things to see and do in Ireland that you just have to prioritize what you want to see. We still have much to see and will probably update this list when we return to Ireland in July 2017. This is based on our experiences so far. When we travel to Ireland we typically spend about a week, and sometimes a little bit longer. Due to the small size of Ireland, it is very feasible to see all of these locations on a single one week trip. So let’s get started with our list!
The Guinness Brewery? The number one place to visit in all of Ireland? Well, this one is truly subjective. Guinness happens to be my absolute favorite beer. This brewery is my shrine to beer greatness! While this is one of the top tourist attractions in Dublin I am not sure it would make most top 6 lists of Ireland as a whole, but it certainly hits my number one spot. This is where the black stuff originates for all countries in the world. If Guinness is your favorite beer, you cannot miss this location. Read more about our VIP journey into the Brewery itself and the Guinness Storehouse here!
The Cliffs of Moher is probably number one on most traditional “Top Lists” of places to visit in Ireland. It offers fantastic views and postcard photo opportunities. It is truly a wonder to behold. It is scenic and is a definite must see. If your time in Ireland is short, make time to get here, you won’t regret it. It is about a 3 hour trip from Dublin by car. To see more check out our post with more photos and details here!
The Ring of Kerry is a 111 mile trail around the Iveragh Peninsula in Southwestern Ireland. It is one of the most beautiful drives in all of Ireland. You can travel the ring in a a few hours, all day or two days. You can fit it into whatever time you have available. Drive at your own pace. Several bus companies offer tours as well, so it is recommended to travel via car in a clockwise direction as the buses travel in a counter-clockwise direction. If you only visit Ireland once in your life, you cannot miss this drive. It is also where you catch boats to Skellig Michael. See our tour and info here!
The Rock of Cashel is a pretty imposing place. The shot above was our first view of Cashel as we approached from the highway. It was pretty unbelievable to see this from a modern road. Depending on your final destination, this is on the way to the Ring of Kerry and several other destinations from Dublin. Don’t skip this site! See our photos and details from our trip here!
Powerscourt is an absolutely gorgeous location. The “Castle” or “house” is not the main attraction here. The gardens and the grounds are the “must see” spot here. There are several different gardens that are all expertly manicured and the estate overlooks the Wicklow mountains. You can easily spend several hours here and even have lunch in one of their restaurants. Multiple shops are located here as well. There really is something for everyone here. See our photos and details of this fantastic location by clicking here!
Kilmainham Gaol is a former jail in Dublin that has been the prior home of several Irish Revolutionaries and other high profile prisoners. It is currently a museum run by the Office of Public Works. The architecture is very unique and stories within are extremely harrowing. Cells housed men, woman and children all together. They were pretty bad conditions in the 1800’s here. See our photos and learn more about the history of Kilmainham here!
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