Ireland has numerous gorgeous places ranging from mountains, rolling hills, famous places like The Ring of Kerry and it’s truly difficult to put all of them in just one list. Ireland is a country that should be in the traveller’s bucket list. Here are the 10 Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Ireland.
1. Slieve League & Inishowen Peninsula, Co. Donegal:
Bordering the Atlantic Ocean in northwestern Ireland, Donegal has a lot to offer from its castles to rugged coastline and mountains. Visit or hike Slieve League where you’ll find some of the highest sea cliffs of Ireland. Visit the Fanad Head Lighthouse in Fanad peninsula and Malin Head on the Inishowen Peninsula which is the most northerly point of Ireland. Travel to the scenic village of Glencolumbkille & Glenveagh National Park where you will find green mountains, clear water lakes, glens and large herds of red deer. Tory is a small island & the most remote inhabited island of Ireland. The tallest peak in County Donegal, Mount Errigal is arguably the most popular destination in Donegal. You should also visit the Portsalon Beach and Glenevin Waterfall.
2. Aran Islands & Connemara, Co. Galway:
County Galway is most popular for the Aran Islands, Connemara and the city of Galway. The Aran Islands is one of the most beautiful places in Ireland. Known for their ancient sites, the biggest isles of 3 rocky isles is Inishmore. Facing the Atlantic, Connemara is known for its tiny coves, bays and fishing villages like Roundstone and the Connemara National Park. Other beautiful places in Galway include Kylemore Abbey, Killary Fjord and Coral Beach in Carraroe.
3. Beara Peninsula & Blarney Castle, Co. Cork:
Covering much of Ireland’s southwest, Co. Cork is best known for its capital city, Cork; Blarney Castle, the medieval stronghold in Blarney and the Beara Peninsula or the Ring of Beara. Visit the scenic countryside of Gougane Barra, one of the hidden gems of Ireland, and the Gougane Barra Forest Park. Castlefreke is a small townland where you will find a small forest and the castle Freke. Visit the beaches in Inchydoney, explore the town Cobh, and the colourful town of Kinsale. Glengarriff, Clonakilty, and Allihies are some other fun places to visit in Cork.
4. Co. Dublin:
Dublin may be most famous for the city of Dublin but it has so much more to offer than just that. The Dublin city & the Boyne Valley which is not far from Dublin are two of the best attraction here. Explore Skerries where you will find the Ardgillan Castle and Baldongan Church. Howth and The Liberties are two of the other towns to visit in Dublin. Do visit the Long Room in Trinity College which is famous for resembling the library from Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. You can also visit the seaside resort, Killiney from here or the Irish National Stud in Co. Kildare. Saint Patrick’s Cathedral & the Dublin Docklands are a must visit in the county. After exploring Dublin, you can hop in a Historic Steam Train Journey and stop at Wexford.
5. The Ring of Kerry & Dingle peninsula, Co. Kerry:
County Kerry is best known for striking terrain, passing rugged coastline and mountains. The Ring of Kerry is a fascinating driving route skirting the edges of the Iveragh Peninsula. The beautiful Dingle peninsula is decorated with sandy beaches, craggy cliffs, rolling hills and mountains. Explore the first national park in Ireland, Killarney National Park with Ross Castle in Killarney. Hike the Carrauntoohil mountain, visit the scenic Skellig Islands, The Gap of Dunloe, Moll’s Gap, the village of Castlegregory and Valentia Island.
6. Co. Kilkenny & Co. Mayo:
County Kilkenny is known for its medieval monastic ruins and the most famous attraction here is the Kilkenny Castle and Kilkenny City. You will find many well-preserved churches and monasteries, including imposing St. Canice’s Cathedral and the Black Abbey.
Mayo is well-known for its scenic range of natural attractions from flourishing to desertlike, to rocky cliffs at the Atlantic coast. Hike the Croagh Patrick mountain, visit the stunning Ashford Castle, and explore Westport, a pretty town on the edge of an Atlantic inlet. Downpatrick Head is a natural gem of Ireland and a majestic heritage site. Achill Island & Keem Bay are two of the most beautiful places in Ireland.
7. The Burren & Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare:
With territory ranging from rolling countryside to craggy Atlantic coastline, Clare is most famous for one of the most unique places in Ireland, The Burren and one of the most beautiful, Cliffs of Moher and the stunning Bunratty Castle. Walk on the Burren and see the cliffs and caves, fossils, rock formations and archaeological sites including the Poulnaborne. The Cliffs of Moher and the Burren together form the Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark. Visit the Corcomroe Abbey, the small towns of Lahinch, Kilkee and the traditional village Doolin.
8. The Giant’s Causeway & Ballintoy Harbour, Co. Antrim:
Located in Northern Ireland, on the banks of the Six Mile Water, Antrim has many famous for its castles, historic gardens, art and two of the most famous places of Ireland, The Giant’s Causeway and Ballintoy Harbour. An ancient volcanic fissure eruption resulted in the interlocking basalt columns giving it a beehive like- appearance. Ballintoy Harbour is a site where the famous tv series Game of Thrones was shot and a must visit for everyone. Walk through the stunning Dark Hedges, explore the Glenariff Forest Park, see the beautiful Glenoe Waterfall and the castle of Greyjoy, the Dunluce Castle
9. Glendalough, Co. Wicklow & Benbulben Mountain, Co. Sligo:
Wicklow is home to one of the most beautiful destinations in Ireland, Glendalough. It is a glacial valley renowned for an Early Medieval monastic settlement, located at the heart of Wicklow Mountains National Park. Follow the long trails through the mountains and you will find glacial lakes and rivers. Also, visit Powerscourt with its scenic landscape and relax on the beach of Brittas Bay.
Sligo is one of the most beautiful places in Ireland, home to the Strandhill village, Benbulben Mountain, a large flat-topped rock formation, and many other attractions. Rosses Point is a village you can visit for a less crowded destination.
10. Co. Meath:
North of Dublin, Meath is famed for its archaeological sites and castles including Brú na Bóinne, in the Boyne Valley, Newgrange, and Knowth. Slane Castle is a stunning castle within the Boyne Valley and the Tullynally Castle is another great attraction of the county. Hill of Tara is an ancient ceremonial and burial site near Skryne which also appears in Irish mythology.