I love travelling and seeing different places around the world, but I’m a complete home bird at the end of the day and love nothing more than being in Ireland. The weather doesn’t help when you want to explore because the wind, rain and hail holds you back pretty much 364 of 365 days of the year! But when the sun does come out to shine, here are my top three places in Ireland that I think anyone visiting the country should see! Although there are endless things to go see and do in Ireland, I think these three are particularly amazing!
- The Cliffs of Moher
I think this one was a given to be honest. The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare are absolutely amazing and provide for some breath taking views when skies are clear. The Cliffs are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with up to one million visitors every year! They are an astonishing 702 feet (214 meters) high and span across eight miles (12.8 km) along the Wild Atlantic Way. Clare is filled with beautiful beaches, but if you want to see something different then this is definitely somewhere you should visit!
- The Giants Causeway
The Giants Causeway is an area by the seafront in County Antrim in Northern Ireland which is a large area filled with interlocking basalt columns as a result of an ancient volcanic eruption which is said to be up to 50 million years ago. This was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1986 and is voted the top tourist attraction in the North of Ireland! Having only travelled there for the first time last year I was blown away with how beautiful it really was in person, but dress for the occasion because the distance between the carpark and this stunning view is pretty big! There are also other great things to see in the region and if you drive along the giants causeway drive there are some great hidden gems and sights you can view a bit off the beaten path.
Photo credit: Gary Mcparland
Dingle, or An Daingean as its known in Irish is a town in County Kerry in Ireland and is the only town on the Dingle Peninsula. To get to Dingle you can drive through the Ring of Kerry which holds some of the most amazing views in Ireland and is the same route as the Cliffs of Moher – Wild Atlantic Way! (a route which I hope to do top to bottom as soon as I get a few days to do it!). Dingle is situated in the Gaeltacht region of Ireland and is truly unique! The town itself bursts with colour from house to house and a New Years Eve spent down there will be like no other! There is even a pub that is a hardware shop by day so I think that kind of says it all about this quaint little town 🙂
If you want more of an insight into the views of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way, take a look at this video here : The Wild Atlantic Way