Ireland, also known as The Emerald Isle due to its beautiful greenery, is home to gorgeous coastal landscapes along the Atlantic, crumbling castles and landmarks out of history, and countless cozy hole-in-the wall pubs. With such rich culture, stunning natural beauty, and great food and music, it’s obvious why Ireland is so popular among travellers.
Here are 4 of Ireland’s must-see destinations and – if you need a nice place to stay along the way – you can always rent a local home on Tripping:
Located in the vibrant city of Dublin, The Guinness Storehouse is one of the largest attractions in Ireland having hosted over 4 million visitors since its opening in 2000. The Storehouse offers a self-guided tour of the seven floor brewery, offering an inside view into the craftmanship and care that goes into every pint of Guinness. At the end of the tour, visitors are invited to relax and enjoy a complimentary pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar, which boasts amazing 360 degree views of Dublin.
The Newgrange Megalithic Passage Tomb is a must see for any Irish history lover. Built in 3200 B.C., this ancient structure is one of the oldest historic landmarks in Europe. Due to its great popularity, admission during the winter solstice sunrise is managed through a competitive lottery each year. Visitors looking to visit the Tomb off season can book tickets in advance through the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre located near the village of Donore, County Meath.
The Ring of Kerry is the longest of Ireland’s circle drives, offering breathtaking views of coastal scenery, vibrant pastures and quaint villages. This 179 km long drive includes many popular stopping points, including the Muckross House and Bog Village. This voyage can be completed in one day trip, but if you’d like to stretch it out, there are plenty of great places to stay along the route.
The Carrick-a-Rede Bridge is a must see for all adventure seekers in Ireland. This famous 20m bridge spans across two enormous cliffs, 30 meters above the water below. Originally constructed and used by fishermen, this bridge now serves solely as a tourist attraction. Those brave enough to cross it find themselves rewarded with breathtaking views of the Irish coast.
Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation during your visit to Ireland, this beautiful country has something for you. As always, we recommend that you step off the tourist path and stay in local neighborhoods to get the most out of your trip. Click here to see Tripping’s selection of vacation homes in Ireland.
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This blog was written by Miriam Vaught, Tripping blogger.