Areas to Visit

Areas to Visit in Ireland

County Dublin

Dublin is home to a number of the top attractions in Ireland. The Guinness Storehouse is the home of the iconic Irish stout, there are guided tours through their museum which uncovers the history and brewing process behind the world famous export. Trinity College is recognised as one of the top universities in the world, a visit to the city centre campus features beautiful architecture and a chance to see the famous Book of Kells, one of the oldest manuscripts in the world.

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County Cork

There’s plenty of things to see and do in what has been call the cultural capital of Ireland. There’s various theatres, music venues, art galleries, and museums throughout the city certain to fill out your travel itinerary. Narrow streets are lined with traditional Irish pubs where you’ll find of locals and tourists enjoying traditional music sessions. Cork has an incredible culinary scene and you’ll find a tasty blend of local cuisine and international flavours. Restaurants range from Michelin Star to creative budget diners.

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County Cavan

The great outdoors of County Cavan contribute to the never ending list of activities. On the lakes you can partake in various water sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding, wakeboarding and more. The fish below the surface are one of Cavan’s highlights as these waters are internationally reputed for coarse and pike fishing in particular. On dry land you’ll find many beautiful walking trails that bring you through various landscapes that can also be enjoyed on horseback. The Slieve Russell Golf Club is one of the top courses in the country and has featured in several international and PGA events.

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County Waterford

The surrounding countryside and coastal region provide stunning beauty and a host of activities. Along the coast you’ll find small charming towns that feature golden beaches offering a variety of water sports such as surfing, windsurfing, diving, kayaking, and much more to keep the most active visitor busy. Further inland you’ll find a hilly region that’s perfect for those interested in walking the vast open land to experience beautiful scenery.

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County Meath

The Boyne Valley is a region that follows the River Boyne and features a multitude of historical monuments and structures. The itinerary consists of megalithic tombs, medieval castles and religious structures built at the time of the birth of Christianity in the country. The top attraction in the area is Newgrange, a megalithic tomb that predates Stonehenge and the Egyptian Pyramids. This impressive structure is truly a sight to behold and the intricate design and intelligent planning is a marvel when you consider how long ago it was built.

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County Westmeath

Athlone has plenty to offer to visiting tourists. In the centre of the town you’ll find Athlone Castle which dates back to the 13th century. It’s an incredibly well preserved structure which saw many battles and sieges throughout its lifespan. It was originally built to protect the bridge crossing the River Shannon as it was the only way to cross into the west for miles around. Today you’ll find a dedicated visitors centre inside the castle walls that features multiple exhibitions covering a wide span of history. There’s plenty of pubs and restaurants in the town to suit any taste as well as multiple accommodation options ranging from top quality hotels to B&BS.

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County Galway

The long history of Galway can be uncovered in the Galway City Museum where you’ll find a wide range of exhibitions focused on the entire history of the region as well as a family friendly exhibition about the Atlantic waters off Galway Bay. The streets of Galway are lined with visible history as you can see remains of the medieval walls, wander down narrow cobbled streets and visit the famous Spanish Arch which allowed countless trade ships into the city during medieval times. There’s a host of traditional Irish pubs where you’ll find friendly locals full of stories about the city as well as some of the best traditional music sessions in the country.

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County Clare

There are several places of note in County Clare that you need to put on your to do list. The Cliffs of Moher are easily one of, if not, the best tourist attractions in the whole of Ireland. These majestic cliffs were once the edge of the known world and stand a staggering 200 metres plus above the powerful waves of the Atlantic. A short journey from the cliffs will bring you to the Burren, a unique karst landscape that encompasses a huge area which is home to three quarters of Ireland’s floral species.

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County Mayo

Aside from the famous shrine there is plenty to see and do in County Mayo. Its coastal boundaries provide beautiful golden beaches, amazing views of the Atlantic and outlying islands as well as a multitude of water sports such as surfing, windsurfing, kayaking, boating and much more. Off the coast of Mayo you’ll find Achill Island, the largest of Ireland’s islands, which can be accessed by the road bridge connecting it to the mainland. There’s even more scenic beauty and water activities available on the island as well as a cultural experience of a lifetime as the lifestyle on the island is reminiscent of an Ireland from decades ago.

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County Kerry

The towns of Killarney, Dingle and Kenmare are all popular tourist destinations which offer unique atmospheres and experiences. The social scene in the towns of Kerry revolves around the pub. Locals and tourists alike mix in what is an incredibly friendly atmosphere. Traditional Irish music is a mainstay in Kerry and you’ll soon hear the age old tunes coming from the pub as you approach. The famous Irish pub culture is well and truly alive in County Kerry.

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