Ireland is a popular holiday destination for people all across the world. Many, especially from countries like the United States, Australia and Great Britain, come to rediscover their Irish roots.
Others, from western European countries like Germany, France and Holland, come to enjoy the beautiful scenery, the culture and the warm welcome.
Ireland is a country steeped in history and mystery. Every rock, tree or mile of coastline seems to carry a legend or story from times gone by.
There are several areas of breathtaking beauty such as the Lakes of Killarney, Glendalough and the Dingle Peninsula.
There’s the amazing Giant’s Causeway and numerous ancient monuments such as the Hill of Tara and Newgrange, which are older than the pyramids of Egypt.
But what many people enjoy just as much is soaking up a touch of Irish culture, enjoying some live music and banter over a pint of Guinness in the intimacy of a small pub.
These are some of the top attractions that await them.
Ireland isn’t just a land of legends, landscapes and leisure. It’s a modern thriving country with bustling cities to match.
Cities like Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway are vibrant, cosmopolitan centres that are excellent for weekend breaks. They’re all plenty big enough to provide everything you want but not so big as to be overwhelming.
Belfast – Capital of Northern Ireland. A vibrant city with a fascinating history.
Cork – The 2005 European Capital of Culture. Cork is full of places to visit including the famous Blarney Stone.
Dublin – One of the finest cities in Europe…steeped in history and culture yet bustling with life and excitement.
Galway – Bustling city on the West Coast of Ireland. Galway is surrounded by beauty spots with stunning views.
Ireland has a host of attractions stretching out from coast to coast. These are just a selection of them to get you started. We’ll be adding more over the coming weeks.
Tourists come from all over the world to kiss this famous stone in the Battlements of Blarney Castle in the hope of receiving the gift of the gab – the ability to charm and persuade. More
A World Heritage site containing several ‘passage graves’ that were built by people in prehistoric times for celebrated leaders. Brú na Bóinne is older than the Egyptian pyramids and is one of the oldest remaining examples of human civilisation in the world. More
A medieval castle that has been fought over between the Irish and the English many times since it was built 800 years ago. You can tour the castle and attend medieval banquets inside. There is also a folk park that gives a glimpse of life in 19th century Ireland. More
A very mysterious place. The Burren contains monuments from every era since the Neolithic age and is an Archaeological Heritage site. It is just as well known for its incredible habitat which enables Alpine, Mediterranean and Arctic plants to live side by side. More
A suspension bridge that links the mainland in Northern Ireland to the island of Carrick-a-Rede.
Tourists who dare to cross the bridge are rewarded with fantastic views from the island. More
The cliffs reach 700 feet tall and there are many fabulous views of the caves, the cliffs, the Aran Islands and the Burren from various viewpoints around the area. They were shortlisted for inclusion in the New Seven Wonders of Nature. More
A mountain in Co Mayo where St Patrick fasted for forty days and nights. St Patrick was standing at the top of the mountain when he banished all the snakes from Ireland. The mountain is said to contain gold. As well as having a status as a religious pilgrimage it is also the site of the natural phenomenon,’The Rolling Sun’. More
The stunning views and wildlife at the Dingle Peninsula has inspried artists for generations. The National Geographic called it the ‘most beautiful place on Earth’. More
It is only 37 acres but attracts thousands of tourists every year thanks to the fabulous gardens and architechture. More
Another World Heritage site, The Giant’s Causeway is a spectacular natural phenomenon in which a vast area of rock has been split into nearly 40,000 hexagonal columns. It has fascinated tourists and scientists since it was discovered in the 17th century. More
An area of natural beauty in the Wicklow Mountains, surrounded by lakes and valleys. There are plenty of walks and climbing routes you can try. It is also a site filled with historical monuments thought to have been built by St Kevin. More
The Storehouse cost £30million to build and has an impressive glass atrium in the centre that is shaped like a Guiness pint glass. There is a great atmosphere with musicians from all over the world performing. More
In ancient times the hill of Tara was the political and spiritual capital of the country. It is known as the ‘Seat of Kings’ and over a hundred kings would have had their coronation there. There are several monuments still here from ancient times including the Stone of Destiny and the Mound of Hostages. More
The clear water in the lakes, the mountains, hills, forests wildlife make the lakes one of the most stunningly beautiful natural areas in Ireland. The area includes famous beauty spots such as the Gap of Dunloe and Ladies’ View. More
Part of the Brú na Bóinne site, Newgrange is the most famous ‘passage tomb’ in Ireland. Its key feature is the roof box opening which fills the chamber with light at sunrise during the Winter Solstice. More
A 100-mile route that you can drive around and enjoy some of the most beautiful parts of Ireland. There are several attractions along the way including Killarney National Park, the Ogham stones, Skellig Michael, Rossbeigh and many more. More
These are just some of the major tourist attractions that Ireland has to offer.
We shall be adding more over the coming weeks so please come back for more insights into this warm and welcoming land.