Top Places to See in Ireland

 

Places to See in Dublin

 

Places to See in Dublin

See our comprehensive Dublin tours and places to see in Dublin. Number one on most of our lists of sightseeing in Ireland, we have put together a list of some if the places you must not miss, as well as a great selection of private guided Dublin city tours.

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The Wild Atlantic Way is the longest, most spectacular coastal drive in the world. Our Wild Atlantic Way Tour is a must for rugged coastal sea views.

 

Take in rugged landscapes shaped by the Atlantic sea and a millennia of ocean battering. The cliffs are awesome, the beaches beautiful and the views are spectacular. We will include the best sightseeing drives or hikes to suit you, it will take your breath away! Day trips including the Ring of Kerry, Dingle peninsula, the Sky road, Sheep’s Head peninsula and the Copper Coast are just a few. Experience stunning mountains on trails used as footpaths for thousands of years on our Ireland's Ancient East Tour. Stand by glacial lakes carved out of the rock by past ice ages that scarred the landscape. Frame the scenery with huge blue skies, rolling clouds, clean air and starry nights that can only be enjoyed this far away from city light pollution.

We will recommend the best places to visit along your route, and have your personalised itinerary designed to make your trip unforgettable. Silence, wilderness and big glorious sunsets await you.

Connemara

Heading out of the city this morning, take in the stunning Connemara loop. We recommend cutting through the National park and make a visit to the magical Kylemore Abbey, still inhabited by the Benedictine nuns who restored the original castle ruins. The drive is one of the best scenic drives in the country where the breath-taking views of the Twelve Bens mountains surround you. Just make sure to look at the road and look out for roaming sheep and narrow bends! 

Have your lunch in the fantastic Kylemore cafe and enjoy produce from the Victorian walled garden. Depending on your time, take in Clifden, the beautiful sea side town, or continue on the Sky Road loop for views of the Wild Atlantic Way. This is Ireland's wild and rugged scenery at its best!.

 

County Clare

 

Drive to Loop Head and visit the most westerly point of Clare. The Lighthouse and views are not to be missed. Drive along the coast road, Kilkee, Miltown Malbay, Lahinch village and Doolin, famous for traditional Irish music and great pub culture. The huge seascapes and rugged coastline is stunning! Explore the coastal sites around you and don’t miss the awesome Cliffs of Moher. The magnificent cliffs are the top of the list of sights to see in Ireland. Soaring 702 ft above the sea the view is fantastic.

If time allows the north western corner of County Clare, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean  extends over more than a hundred square miles and most of it is bare, pale grey limestone called the Burren. A spectacular scenery and a fantastic drive. 

Aran Islands

Weather permitting, take the ferry from Doolin to the Aran Islands. Inishmore is the biggest of the islands and most popular. Marvel at the miles and miles of bare stone walls fencing in tiny fields and an ancient way of life. Hire a bike and cycle across the island to Dun Aonghasa, a semi-circle stone fort overlooking the Atlantic. This famous archaeological site has had people living here since 1,500BC. The island is definitely worth a visit! 

Skellig Michael 

Landing at Skellig Michael you’ll climb the original 6th century steps to one of the oldest and best-preserved monasteries in Europe. As you’re climbing the 600 steps, you’ll wonder why anyone would live on such a remote rock in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. When you reach the site of the monastery you begin to understand. A world Heritage site and the spectacular setting for the opening of the latest Star Wars movie. Only a privileged few get to land due to the remoteness of the island and the wild weather conditions that surround it. Be one of the few who get to experience this stunning place.

Donegal Coastal Drive

 Travelling around Donegal’s coast can take days! The route is approximately 557 km (346 miles).We suggest you take the southern loop leaving Donegal town, head for the coast and take in the sights. The Slieve Lag Cliffs, standing 600m tall (1968 ft) are spectacular in all weather. No trip to Donegal is complete without exploring its miles of golden, sandy beaches. If time allows visit Glenveagh National Park and castle. The castle is surrounded by mountains, lakes, glens and woods, with a herd of red deer and one of the finest gardens in Ireland, which contrast with the rugged surroundings. Watch out for the beautiful Donegal tweed made in the local Woolen Mills.

 Boyne Valley

Take the day to explore the ancient Boyne valley, the heart of Ireland’s ancient east. First visit Newgrange (c 3,200 B.C.), it is the best-known monument of the World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne, predating the ancient pyramids by 400 years and Stonehenge by 1000.It was built by Stone Age farmers and is surrounded by 97 large stones called kerbstones some of which are engraved with megalithic art; the most striking is the entrance stone. The fantastic visitors centre will fascinate you. 

Head on to the site of the famous Battle of the Boyne and Oldbridge House visitor's centre. Discover the story of this infamous historic battle between two kings that occurred on 1 July 1690. At stake were the British throne, French dominance in Europe and religious power in Ireland, making it a significant chapter in Irish history. Alternatively visit Monasterboice, an early Christian site with a round tower and 10th Century High Cross, the Hill of Tara (seat of the high kings of Ireland) or Trim Castle, the largest Anglo- Norman castle in Ireland and part of Braveheart’s film set. Settle for a good night sleep before your flight home.

Dublin City

Enjoy some sightseeing in Ireland’s vibrant capital city. Don’t miss the Guinness Store House for the history of the famous pint of stout, Trinity College for the Book of Kells, Temple Bar for the pubs and people watching or Dublinia Museum for the history of the Vikings in Dublin. Visit Dublin Castle, the centre of the city’s history and evolution since 1204. Eat in a Michelin star restaurant and discover gourmet Ireland. While everywhere is walking distance from the city centre, Hop on / Hop Off tours allow you to experience the city and hear about its history in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. 

Powerscourt estate

 Powerscourt house & gardens are voted Top 10 Houses in the world by Lonely Planet and voted no. 3 of Best Gardens in the world by National Geographic - This is world famous estate is not to be missed. Enjoy the house and the gardens taking your time to unwind and enjoy your stunning surroundings.

Visit the Avoca cafe and shop. It was set up in 1723 as a co-operative where farmers could spin and weave their wool. Today, Avoca has grown into one of Ireland’s most loved brands producing signature throws and blankets, using natural yarns like lamb’s wool, cashmere, mohair and angora.

 

Wicklow National Park

 

 Wicklow Mountains National Park is situated just south of Dublin and has the distinction of being the largest of Ireland’s six National Parks. It is also the only one located in the east of the country. The National Park extends over much of the Wicklow mountains. The wide open views established forests and spectacular scenery . Fast-flowing streams descend into the deep lakes of the wooded valleys and continue their course into the surrounding lowlands.The  National Park is a conservation ponit of biodiversity and landscape. The most visited area is the scenic Glendalough Valley where the ancient monastic settlement of St. Kevin is located. Escape from the summer crowds is possible for those coming properly equipped to explore the uplands on foot, where a sense of wilderness and isolation can readily be found.

 

Antrim Coast

 

 Heading for the Antrim coast (the Causway Coastal Route) take in the seaside town of Portrush, famous for its beaches and golf courses.  The Bushmills Distillery is next. Ireland’s oldest working whiskey distillery to discover one of Ireland's finest whiskies. Head on towards the Giant’s Causeway, which has given its name to the route. Here, some 40,000 hexagonal columns blanket the landscape and form a path out into the ocean. An official UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway even featured on the cover sleeve of a Led Zeppelin album! Driving on towards Ballintoy you reach Larrybane and the starting point for the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. A graveled-step path brings you on a 1km walk to the bridge, which connects the mainland to the tiny island of Carrick-a-Rede. It spans a 20-metre chasm some 30 metres above the crashing waves below!  We recommend seeing one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic sites: the Dark Hedges, the King’s Road in Game of Thrones. Located just a few miles south west of Ballycastle. Something straight out of a Hans Christian Andersen tale, a long country road is framed by interlocking beech trees, creating a mesmerizing view. 

 Killarney National Park

Take a stroll through Killarney town or visit the world famous Killarney national park on a horse and buggy. The park is unique in that it is within walking distance from the town and stunningly framed by the rugged mountains. Spot the Irish Red Deer which are Ireland’s largest native land mammal and they have been in the country since the last ice age some 10,000 years ago. Here in Killarney the red deer can be seen within the  National Park on the lowlands grazing in the pasturelands of the Knockreer area of the park and the surrounding woodlands. A visit to Ross Castle and a short boat trip on the lakes are all a must do.  Take the guided tour of Muckross house, all very near your hotel and no long drives today.

 

Ring of Kerry

the world famous Ring of Kerry. Experience the raw beauty of 179kms (111 miles) of the country’s most scenic peninsula routes round the Iveragh Peninsula in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry. The combination of rugged sea, spectacular mountains and small traditional villages will not fail to impress. Skellig Michael, a rocky island with an abandoned 7th-century Christian monastery, is a major destination point. The spectacular views are world famous.

Cork 

Make an early start and head for the picturesque Kinsale. Stroll around the beautiful town and take in some shops and cafes. Head out along the coast road on the first stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way from Kinsale to the colourful market town of Skibbereen. Visit Skibbereen Heritage Centre and learn about the tragic history of the Irish Famine and the worst hit area around Skibbereen town. Stop at the 18th Century Bantry House in Bantry and visit the ancestral home of the Earls of Bantry where their descendants still own and live .Continue on towards the stunning Cork & Kerry mountains. Head over the mountains and enjoy the view! Make sure to stop at the top, get out of the car and take in the massive views!

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