Ireland; the land of rolling green hills, hundreds of castles and pubs everywhere you look. This country has a ton to offer, from it’s bustling tourist friendly capital Dublin, to it’s quaint seaside towns of Galway and Dingle. Make sure to head down to Killarney, the gateway to the Ring of Kerry, an amazing scenic drive that starts with the awesome sights of Killarney National Park. Don’t forget to indulge in some Irish pastimes, their favourites being having a Guinness and a great conversation!
- Dublin – You’ll probably bump into more tourists than locals here, as Dublin is the main tourist hotspot in Ireland. The city is rich in history, which you can glimpse from it’s grand cathedrals and the Library of Trinity College, but it’s mainly known for it’s fun tourist activities. Check out the Guinness and Jameson tours, and head out to Temple Bar district for some fun nightlife. Dublin will most likely be your entry and exit point for the country, and it’s a pretty great place to be.
- Killarney – Killarney is also a tourist hotspot, but it is much smaller than Dublin. The main town is full of pubs and shops, but brings tourists in mainly because it is the starting point for the famous Ring of Kerry drive in southern Ireland. The Ring of Kerry is a must see, the views along the road and the hikes available in this area are unbelievable!
- Galway – We weren’t able to spend much time here, but even just a taste of Galway had us wanting more. The town was bustling with shops, pubs and markets everywhere we looked. It is also the starting point for the famed Aran Islands and the most visited location in Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher. Make sure to include Galway on your list of places to check out!
Worth a Trip
- Dingle – Dingle is an amazing little seaside town in southern Ireland that has blown up with tourism. It’s worth a visit to walk along the water to the lighthouse, hopefully catch a glimpse of Fungi the famous Dingle dolphin, and to walk around the town. However the tourist vibe is a little in your face, and you won’t need to spend too much time here. You might be better off heading farther along the Dingle peninsula to find a more traditional Irish town.
- Cork – A university town which boasts a great nightlife, Cork is a fun place to see for a night or two. It is also where tourists stay in order to see the famous Blarney Stone housed in Blarney Castle. Definitely worth a visit, but your time might be better spent in the Ring of Kerry instead of Cork.