Iconic Places Not to Miss in Ireland

Ireland’s vibrant culture, breathtaking landscapes, and storied history is equaled only by the warm hospitality of the locals, the soothing melodies of traditional Irish music, and the rich flavors of its authentic cuisine. From the rugged beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way to the enchanting streets of Dublin, Ireland promises an unforgettable journey . Here are few suggestions for your next visit.

  • Aran Islands

    Aran Islands

    Just off the west coast of Ireland are the Aran Islands. These three islands of Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer total only 18 sq mi. With a small population of approximately 1,226 residents that speak the native Irish language, the Aran Islands is a trip into the past of Ireland. Some highlights are the seven prehistoric stone structures that date back to 1100 BC, the remains of a monastery from 490 AD, and the ruins of a castle from the 14th century. These islands are easily reached by ferry from the mainland.

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  • Dublin


    The capital of Ireland, and the largest city, sits on the east coast of this unique country in the Republic of Ireland (southern Ireland). Officially established in 988 AD, celebrating its millennia as a city in 1988. Of course, this city is known for pints of Guinness at a pub while Irish music is played by locals — yet there is more to this lively city. A home to literary greats like Oscar Wilde and James Joyce, its UNESCO World Heritage title for literature holds strong to this day. Dublin Castle, built in 1204 AD, is a historical site worth a view. The laidback nature of this Irish city will entrance the traveler.

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  • Giant’s Causeway

    Giant’s Causeway

    A truly unique sight on the northeast coast of Ireland is the Giant’s Causeway. Situated at the bottom of steep cliffs, the Giant’s Causeway is a marvel of nature. The over 37,000 hexagon columns staggered along the coast, each a near-perfect shaping of basalt. These formed over 60 million years, and the traveler can enjoy these from the cliff above or from stairs that lead down to the coast. The name of this geometric configuration comes from the formation looking as if a giant placed them as they sit.

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  • Ring of Kerry

    Ring of Kerry

    This 111-mile driving route takes the traveler around some of the most stunning scenery in Ireland. Located in southwestern Ireland, it starts in the city of Killarney. It passes through many small towns and villages, the ruins of a stone fort build around 300 to 400 AD, a waterfall, an abbey built in 1448, and many other sites in the old country of Ireland. There is also a walking path and an alternate driving route where the traveler can view islands off the coast.

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  • Brú na Bóinne

    Brú na Bóinne

    Meaning “Palace of the Boyne,” Brú na Bóinne is a neolithic example of chamber tombs, henges, and standing stones found north of Dublin. It was built around 3200 BC, which is older than the famous structure of Stonehenge. Astronomical alignment was tracked with carvings on stone around the complex. Tours are available inside one of the neolithic structures.

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  • Cliffs of Moher

    Cliffs of Moher

    On the western coast of Ireland are the Cliffs of Moher. These cliffs rise from the ocean ranging from 390 ft in the south, to an astonishing 702 ft in the north. These are ranked as one of the most visited sites in Ireland. There is a Coastal Walk where travelers walk along the curvature of the clifftops, and can even view the nearby Aran Islands from the vantage point these cliffs provide.

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  • Galway


    Galway is a city in western Ireland. While not nearly as big as Dublin, Galway is a seaside city with plenty of coastlines for the traveler to explore. Within the city itself are small pubs to enjoy a pint and independent bookshops crammed with the literature Ireland is known for, as well as St. Nicholas’ Church and an arch that dates to before the medieval period. It’s also not far from the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands.

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  • Dingle Peninsula

    Dingle Peninsula

    Named after the town of Dingle on the peninsula's reach into the North Atlantic Ocean, it is the end of the Slieve Mish mountain range. Rocky cliffs and rough waters make for a dramatic scene along the edges of this peninsula. Driving routes are available around the area on winding roads that give an excellent view of the mow mountains and green landscape.

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  • Glendalough


    Also known as the Valley of Two Lakes, Glendalough is a valley of glacial origin on the east coast of Ireland. The history of this area is one of monastic sites from the early medieval period. Surrounded by rolling mountains, the view of monasteries near a lake at the bottom of this valley is a scene to not be missed. Well-maintained trails and driving routes are available for the traveler to witness the lushness all around Glendalough.

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  • Killarney National Park

    Killarney National Park

    Located on an estate donated to the country in southwest Ireland is Killarney National Park. This rugged and mountainous area hosts three lakes and a peaceful getaway from the business of the cities. With woodlands, gardens, and waterfalls as well to view along trails, Killarney National Park is a peaceful retreat for the traveler.

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