Ireland is full of incredible, majestic places and sometimes it’s hard to know where to start planning your journey. We’ve selected 10 of the most incredible sights around the country.
The Hill of Tara
This historic site was famously the seat of the High King of Ireland during the 6th Century and still has the remnants of stunning ring forts and a Neolithic Passage Tomb. The Smithsonian Museum has listed it as one of the top 15 endangered cultural treasures in the world.
The Giant’s Causeway
This stunning display of over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns – the result of an ancient volcanic eruption – The Giant’s Causeway in Antrim is a world wonder. Legend says that it was originally built as a bridge to Scotland by Irish warrior Fionn Mac Cumhaill, but was ripped apart by Scottish giant Benandonner.
These two islands located off the Iveragh Peninsula in Kerry are veritable bird sanctuaries. With thriving Puffin and Gannet populations coexisting with a 6th century Christian monastery on Skellig Michael these steep and rocky wonders are beautiful yet mysterious.
The Aran Islands
Another set of off-shore beauties are the Aran Islands, a shrine to a bygone Ireland. These three Atlantic islands, located just beyond Galway Bay, are still populated predominantly by Irish speakers. The islands have a fairly temperate climate throughout the year.
Killarney National Park
This beautiful parkland was the first area to be designated as a national park in Ireland and contains forest, lakes, mountains, and Ireland’s only herd of native red deer.
The Burren is renowned for its rugged, natural beauty – a ‘Karst’ landscape of limestone pavements formed as a result of glaciation. Its unusual structure supports Mediterranean, Arctic and Alpine plant life side by side, giving it a rather unusual appearance.
The Cliffs of Moher
Ever the iconic image to sum up Ireland’s beauty, the Cliffs of Moher stretch along the Clare coast, rising 400 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. On a clear day it’s hard to find a more magnificent sight, seeing the cliffs jut out for miles. Just make sure not to walk too close to the edge.
Rising out of the forest on the banks of the Pollacapall Lough, Kylemore Abbey looks more like a fairytale castle than a Benedictine monastery. This is a magnificent building containing 33 bedrooms, a library, a gun room and a smoking room along with extensive Victorian gardens built during its time as a private estate.
Just an hour’s drive outside Dublin, this beautiful monastic settlement dating back to the 6th century is surrounded by lakeland. The famous round tower was once a place of refuge during times of attack, and the monuments surrounding the picturesque Upper Lake include amazing remnants of churches and enclosures.
The Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry refers to a tourist trail spanning over 100 miles that takes in some of the best of southwest Ireland. The circular road passes through the unparalleled beauty of places like Muckross House, Torc Waterfall, Moll’s Gap and the Ogham Stones, and represents the perfect day trip when the sun comes out.