Ireland is a great destination for a vacation because the country has a rich heritage and beautiful scenery that will take your breath away. There are so many things to do and places to visit in Ireland, but to make it easier on you, we have narrowed it down to a list of five charming spots to visit whenever you’re there.
5. Aran Islands
If you want to experience a real Irish village, this is the place to visit. The islands are known for their sweaters, which are sold all over the U.K., but it is also one of the few places without any cars. This is one of the places in Ireland that the locals still speak Gaelic as their first language and travel around in ponies. If you’re looking for a quiet countryside escape, the Aran Islands is the place to visit.
4. Powerscourt Estate
If you’re into historic buildings, which is something Ireland has a lot of, you should visit the Powerscourt Estate, which is located in Enniskerry. The house was originally a castle built in the 13th century, but was altered extensively in the 18th century. The house was renovated in 1996 after most of it burned down in a fire in 1974. Today, it is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Ireland, and boasts a garden that was ranked one of the top three in the world by National Geographic. The house has also been featured in movies like Excalibur and The Count of Monte Cristo.
If you’re looking for a town where you can hang out with locals and tourists, the charming town of Galway is a great place to visit. The town has historical buildings with a Bohemian vibe, busy streets and great pubs with great local music. This is the type of town that you want to explore and enjoy all that it offers.
2. Ring of Kerry
No trip to Ireland is complete without visiting one of the most popular tourist spots in the country. It is a 79 kilometer long circular road along the Iveragh Peninsula, which goes around some amazing landscape. You will get to see heather-topped mountains, glacial lakes as well as lush meadows along the way.
1. Cliffs of Moher
When it comes to views, there are very few places in the world that can rival the spectacular view from the Cliffs of Moher, which tower about 214 meters over the Atlantic Ocean, located in Western Ireland. From the cliffs, you can see the Aran Islands, the Twelve Pins Mountain and the surrounding villages. The cliffs are visited by over 1.5 million people per year.