Ireland is one of the most beautiful places you could ever visit. This gem of Europe is also the birthplace of brands like Guinness so at the very least, your travel is going to have some of the best beers available. There are certain sites and places which you should visit if you would love to experience history and beauty first hand. Ireland is filled with friendly people and lots of history. In 2010, Dublin was named as a UNESCO City of Literature.
Here are top ten attractions that you should not miss during your visit to Ireland. These tourist sites attract lots of people yearly and we think you should not be left out of the experience.
Ring of Kerry, County Kerry
The Ring of Kerry, a long stretch of road measuring 111 miles goes around the Iveragh Peninsula. This site is best known for the number of tourists and visitors it attracts yearly. The main reason for its popularity is the views of the coast and unspoiled countryside.
Most tourists also make sure they spend enough time driving along the road so they can have a good view of the various landmarks and exciting sights. You cannot miss the O’Carroll’s Cove Beach on our visit to the Ring of Kerry. A very good place to stay for accommodation purposes is the Sheen Falls Lodge.
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
Over 60 million years ago, lava flow formed the Giant’s Causeway and since then, it has become a tourist attraction site that attracts lots of people to Northern Ireland.
The Giant’s Causeway is formed by 40,000 basalt columns and they are a sight to behold. They do not exactly fit into the environment, and they look like a picture out of a surreal painting. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and rated as the United Kingdom’s fourth greatest natural wonder
The Bushmills Inn offers great accommodation if you happen to find yourself in this area. Also look out for the Giant’s Boot and the reddish Giants Eyes whenever you’re in the area. These make for excellent photographs.
The Old Library and Book of Kells, Dublin
Sometime around 800 A.D., some Celtic monks produced an Illuminated manuscript named the book of Kells. Located at Trinity college, the rich quality of the illustrations make it famous.
Inside the Old Library, there are a lot of significant history books which tourists can view from glass display cases in the Long Room of the Old Library which spans a length of 200 feet. Apart from the books, the room itself is attractive what with the barrel-vaulted wooden ceiling, floor-to-floor wooden shelves, almost two hundred thousand volumes of books are available for viewing and dozens of marbles of famous thinkers. The Shelbourne Dublin, a Renaissance Hotel provides top-notch accommodation if you find yourself here.
The Blarney Stone and Blarney Castle
People come from all over the world to get the chance to kiss the Blarney Stone. Although some people think the Blarney Stone is a trap for tourists because it could get really filled up with people all looking to kiss the stone, but it could be a fun location to go to if you visit during a not very busy period or very early in the morning.
The main structure has been standing since the 15th century and there is a small passageway in the dungeon into which visitors can crawl into to climb the stairs and walk by the murder hole where hot oil used to be poured on intruders. For an idea of where to stay, The River Lee Hotel is a great option.
The three islands in Galway Bay which cluster together gives tourists a feel of the real Ireland where they still speak the real Irish language.
There are lots of stone walls along the hills which are only supported by gravity. Right on the edge of the cliff, a prehistoric stone fort stands while the landscape is dotted with thatched-roof cottages. Don’t forget to buy one of the extremely popular Aran Island sweaters and crafts. The Ashford Castle makes for a great accommodation when you are on the Aran Islands.
Cliffs of Moher
Most people already have an idea of Ireland as a coastline filled with rugged greens and cliffs plunging into the sea; the Cliffs of Moher are a perfect representation of this idea.
For more than 175 years, visitors from around the world have been visiting these cliffs. These cliffs go as high as 700 feet and span a length of up to 5 miles along the Atlantic Ocean. There are paved paths and stairs on which visitors can walk on in order to take in the views completely. The Aran Islands can as well be viewed on a clear day and The House Hotel is a great place to stay during your visit.
Muckross House, County Kerry
The mansion built in the Tudor style and faces the Muckross Lake from which it derives its name.
Built in 1843 by the heir of a copper mining fortune, a tour of the house takes 45 minutes and tourists are introduced to the Victorian country life of wealthy landowners. The Sheen Falls Lodge is a great place to stay.
This castle is located on a lake with bogs, beautiful mountains and woodlands surrounding it. These features make Connemara popular and these are the things that attracted the owner of the Castle, Mitchell Henry to build the castle for his wife, Margaret Henry as a present during their honeymoon.
Today, nothing draws people to the castle like the exquisite exterior of the structure and the grounds of the castle. Five rooms have been restored for tourism purposes. The Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is a great place to lodge while visiting the Kylemore Abbey.
Guinness, a world-leading brand since 1759 has had its first ever brewery converted to a tourist site. Located in the Liberties neighborhood, west of the city center. In spite its location, tourists continue to swarm the place with the hopes of opening a Guinness right where it all started.
Guinness is no longer brewed here but you can get to drink it anytime you visit. Enough of Guinness history and brewing exhibits are displayed in the storehouse. The Merrion Hotel is a great place to stay during your visit.
Galway City Pubs and the Latin Quarter
In Galway city, the Latin Quarter is the center of Galway’s nightlife.
Pubs with bright lights, streets paved with stones, the best restaurants in the city and a university crowd that loves to party all make up the fun aspect of this part of Ireland. Tourists are always flocking in and out of sweater shops and the streets are always filled with various performers and entertainers. This is the place to be if you want to enjoy a fun nightlife. Should you get the chance to visit Galway, the House Hotel is the best.