There is so much to do and see, and I know I have not seen it all during my travels, but my two trips to this spectacular country have been remarkable and unforgettable. I want to share a few special places we have found around the Emerald Isle from castles to pubs and secret fairy forests.
Here are some of the most remarkable places I recommend visiting in Ireland.
Most people fly in and out of Dublin when they travel to Ireland. This is a great launching point for your vacation, but I highly recommend getting out of the city and seeing as much of the country as you can.
When you have had your fill of Dublin (and Guinness), get out of town and travel to one of these quaint, picturesque towns (listed in alphabetical order):
Visit the Blarney Castle or walk along The River Lee to view The Ballincollig Royal Gunpowders Mills in the tiny town of Ballincollig. I have explored here more than anywhere else and cannot recommend it enough. The people here are the most kind, but I might be biased, because this is the hometown of some of our friends!
Shop at The English Market for some local delicacies, meats, cheeses, and other fine goods before walking the city streets or touring The Kerrygold Butter Museum orBlackrock Castle Observatory. There is so much to do and see in this historic fort city that we recommend a day or two to take it all in!
Checkout one of Ireland’s most scenic beaches at this popular locals’ vacation spot. There are great historic places to check out like The Kerry Bog Village Museum (which you can read more about HERE) along with silly places like the Fairy Forest to explore!
You can learn more about Killarney National Park in my blog post here!
Kinsale is a colorful fishing town with bright storefronts and delicious restaurants. I recommend before stopping in for a bite to eat, traveling down to the nearby cliffs close to The Olde Head Golf Course.
If you would like to see where to stay in all of these towns, check out my “Best Places to Stay Around Ireland” blog post here!
There are still many places I hope to come back and visit. Here are some of these iconic locations I can’t wait to see one day:
I know I haven’t seen all of Ireland, but what I have seen has been nothing short of magical. I hope this post helps you find just how truly special this place is during your own visits to The Emerald Isle.
See more from our adventures around Ireland HERE:
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