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8 Essential Places to Visit in Ireland: The Emerald Isle

A green land steeped in folklore and history, and abundant in whiskey, beer and hearty food, Ireland is a brilliant holiday destination. From bustling cities to some of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes, there’s a fantastic variety of attractions on offer throughout the country. To help you plan your own adventure around this romantic island, we’ve selected some of our favourite places to visit in Ireland, taking you all the way from Dublin to Dingle.

Dublin

Dublin Trinity College
Image by Brian Morrison

The alluring capital of the Emerald Isle is almost always at the top of every visitor’s list – unsurprising considering all the world-class attractions on offer. Indulge in a pint of the black stuff at The Guinness Storehouse, stroll around the Georgian architecture of Trinity College and take in the hustle and bustle of the popular Temple Bar area.

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle
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This 600-year-old castle is a truly unique pilgrimage site. Set among acres of verdant meadows, the fort was once the stronghold of one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, but today it draws in flocks of tourists from the world eager to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Legend states that the brave souls to do so will be gifted with great eloquence, but just be aware that you will have to lean backwards over the battlements while holding onto an iron bar.

Cork

English Market Cork
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Ireland’s second city is a hive of activity, boasting a rich cultural calendar and one of the best covered markets on the British Isles in the Old English Market. Explore the scenic waterways, relax in the cosy pubs and seek out the old town wonders like St Fin Barre’s Cathedral.

Dingle Peninsula

Dingle Coast Ireland
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Jutting out to the west of County Kerry, this scenic landscape of mountains, twisting roads and hidden beaches is one of Ireland’s best kept secrets. Don’t miss out on the chance to discover Dunquin Harbour, a natural bay shaped by the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

Kilkenny

Kilkenny Castle
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The historic charm of Kilkenny’s cobbled streets make it a hugely popular destination, especially for its quaint ‘Medieval Mile’ of buildings nestled along the banks of the River Nore. The city is a hub for craft and art too, and boasts a string of excellent pubs and restaurants.

Limerick City

Limerick City
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County Limerick‘s little gem was voted as Ireland’s first National City of Culture in 2014, and its eclectic array of arts, phenomenal food scene and modern architecture has put it on the map for good.

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher
Image by Christopher Hill

The Cliffs of Moher, formed from a five-mile stretch of spectacularly rugged coastline, are part of a UNESCO Global Geopark and one of the greatest attractions to see in Ireland.

Galway City

Galway City
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A staple sight on the wild west coast of the country is Galway, a creative and fun city with history at every turn. Linger in pubs to enjoy traditional live music, taste the area’s famous fresh oysters at the local restaurants or dance the night away in the famous Latin Quarter.

 

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