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Today I (Kati) am going to write about my TOP 10 attractions in Ireland. I have been to Ireland a few times by now, starting with a 2-week language course in Dublin in 2012. After that I decided to do an exchange-year in Ireland in 2013-2014 in Listowel, Co Kerry. I came back with my parents in summer 2015. In summer 2016 I traveled Ireland with my backpack for one month together with my best friend. Now, it is time to write down my top 10 attractions, I think. Let my now what you think and what else you would like to add!
#1 definitely the cliffs of moher
probably the most pictured and most visited landmark in Ireland – and worth it! You can walk along the cliffs edge, sit down and soak in the breathtaking view. There also is a modern visitors centre. The cliffs are a must-see for everyone (who’s not afraid of heights)!
#2 Killarney Nationalpark
I absolutely love Irelands national parks! While there are six national parks in Ireland (Ballycroy, Connemara, Glenveagh, Killarney, The Burren, Wicklow Mountains), I have visited 4 of them.Out of those 4, Killarney National park was my favorite one! That doesn’t mean the other ones aren’t beautiful, they are! I just preferred Killarney as it is easy accessible, its flat and easy to walk + its beautiful!
#3 Ring of Kerry
starting in Killarney, the ring of Kerry has only peak after peak to offer. Small villages, pubs, hostels, platforms, history and amazing views! You can cycle the ring, take a bus-tour or go by car.
the capital of Ireland offers you a lot of beautiful & interesting places. Like St Stephens Green, the national leprechaun museum, ha’penny bridge or trinity college (see number 7). There is a lot of great stuff to do in Dublin!
#5 Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland
Giants Causeway is a natural heritage site, located in Northern Ireland. It consist of hexagonal columns which are up to 12 meters high. Its strongly attended by visitors, with a visit center and shuttle buses going up and down the hill, but you don’t have to enter and pay entry fee to go down!
From Giants Causeway you can easily go to Carrick-A-Rede-Ropebridge.
#6 Achill Island & Greenway
Achill Island is a beautiful Island on the west coast. There are a few loops you can take with your bike. The views are amazing! Only the weather can be bad so bring a rain jacket + its very windy.
Achill Island is connected to Westport via the greenway. It’s a 42km- path, for bikes only, through farmland, paddocks and nearly untouched nature. You should probably only plan one of those per day but both are beautiful!
#7 Trinity College
Trinity College is located in the middle of Dublin and still absolutely stunning. Once you enter the gates you are in another world. No noise is coming through and the buildings are very beautiful. You can also enter the library, which is absolutely stunning and look at the book of Kells. Trinity is a must-do when in Dublin!
Galway is a very young and dynamic city with loads of pubs and bars. You get to know many young Irish and international people and the city invites to stroll around its streets. The atmosphere this city emits is warm and open-minded. You can also go for one of the hurling or football-matches. An absolute highlight!
#9 Off the beaten track tour in Connemara
After we cycled Achill Island the first day, we decided to go for a guided tour through the Connemara region the other day. We came across off the beaten track – and we loved it! Micheal drove us to beautiful places, a hidden beach & told us a lot about the Irish culture, the region and its history. While the tour was planned to take 3h, Michael took us around for 5h! Great experience!
this one is an absolute secret hint!
Click on the headline to go to the page of Atlantic Sea Kayaking, who provide a moonlight kayaking tour for beginners. The special thing about the tour is that the lake you kayak in, is inhabited by marine life, which, from the paddler’s point of view, causes the water to light up around your paddle in 1,000 tiny lights. AND THAT IS FUCKING BEAUTIFUL!