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Top Ten Irish Tourist Destinations

1. Dublin City – Ireland’s most populous city, and it’s capital.  There’s so much to see and do in Dublin, so many places to eat, drink and stay.  You won’t be disappointed with all that Dublin has to offer.  Examples of sights to see are: Trinity College, the Book of Kells, The Phoenix Park, The Guinness Storehouse, Grafton Street and so much more.

2. The Burren – The Burren in County Clare is an area of limestone rock formed 350 million years ago.  You may wonder why a rocky landscape would be one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Ireland, but when you see it you’ll know why.  While at the Burren you will have the opportunity to visit megalithic tombs, portal dolmens,  a Celtic High Cross, and a number of ring forts.  The Burren is also home to many rare species of plants and animals, that cannot be found in other parts of Ireland.

Round Tower Glendalough

3. Glendalough – Glendalough is a very scenic area of County Wicklow in the East of the country that consists of 2 lakes, and is known for its early medieval monastic settlement.  A visit there will give you the opportunity to see monuments and buildings such as churches, cathedrals, and round towers that date back hundreds of years to the 12th and 13th centuries.  The area is popular with nature-seekers, rock climbers and hiking enthusiasts.

4. The Cliffs of Moher On a clear day, you can really enjoy the expanse of the cliffs and the magnificent views up there. The cliffs reach a height of 702 feet (214m) and stretch along the west coast of Ireland for approximately 5 miles (8km). Looking westward you will have a view of the Aran Islands and you’ll also be able to enjoy views of some of the beautiful Co. Clare and Co. Galway mountains. Read full post

5. Ring of Kerry/Killarney Lakes – County Kerry, in the southwest of the country, is home to many famous tourist attractions.  Two of the more notable are the Ring of Kerry and the lakes of Killarney.   The Ring of Kerry is a very scenic route around the Iveragh Peninsula in Kerry, and is popular with many adventure seekers who enjoy hiking, water sports, photography, fishing,  horse riding, golf as well as many other activities.  The lakes of Killarney, also in County Kerry, consists of 3 lakes that are one of Ireland’s top tourist destinations.  They are famous for their amazing beauty, tranquility and spectacular mountain views.  The 3 lakes are Loch Leane, home to Ross Castle, Muchross Lake and Upper Lake.

6. The Guinness Storehouse Located at St. James’ Gate in Dublin, The Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s number one tourist attraction, is just a short walk from Dublin’s city centre and is a must-see for any tourist coming to Ireland. Read full post

Kinsale Town

7. Kinsale, Co. Cork – Kinsale is a small tourist-friendly town on the south coast of Ireland in County Cork.  It’s very popular with tourists who are looking to sample some fine Irish food, and has been known around Ireland as the gourmet-capital for some years.  It is home to a popular yacht marina and is visited frequently for many of its attractions such as Charles Fort, James Fort, Desmond Castle, and the prestigious Old Head golf course.  There are some great locations to do some fishing near Kinsale, and if you are unlucky enough not to catch anything then you can stop in at one of the wonderful local fish n’ chip shops in the town.

8. Blarney Castle and Woolen Mills Blarney is a small town just a few miles to the north of Cork City in the southern end or Ireland. Blarney is famously known across the globe for its castle, but probably more so for it’s world renowned Blarney Stone. Kissing the Blarney Stone will give you what is locally and affectionately known as the “gift of the gab”. Read full post

9. Brú na Boinne – Bru na Boinne is a historic site in County Meath that encompasses the passage graves of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth.  Some of the structures and monuments that you can see at these sites date back approximately 5000 years.  Tours to these sites are available. You can find out the information you need to visit these sites at the visitor center website.

Giants Causeway. Image credit: Feargal O'Kane

10. The Giant’s Causeway – The Giants Causeway in Antrim, Northern Ireland, is a coastal area consisting of thousands of columns of interlocking Basalt rock.  The columns were formed millions of years ago as a result of volcanic activity.  The name owes its origins to the legend of Fionn MacCumhaill, who built the causeway to enable him to walk to Scotland to do battle with his Scottish enemy.  This site is a popular destination point for many tourists.  Another attraction to visit while in the area, is the old Bushmills Distillery just a few miles away in the town of Bushmills.


  1. The Dingle peninsula in Kerry has to be top of the list. The nice part about Dingle is the harbor town is very tourist friendly, with nice pubs and good Irish music. Slea head juts out into the Atlantic and is the most picturesque drive. There is a beautiful golf course, Links style of course. Not to mention historic sites and buildings. Dingle also is a center for the Irish Language.

    • Brian
      I love Dingle! I didn’t put it on the list, but I certainly agree that it’s one of the nicest parts of the country. It’s so quaint and friendly. And of course Fungi lives there 🙂 I haven’t been there for a few years so I wonder is Ireland’s most famous dolphin still around?


  2. I agree, Ring of Kerry is a top 10. Great place. Its beauty is in the diversity of scenery, things to do and of course its environment. See http://www.facebook.com/derrynane for a environment photo blog and guide to the local area.

  3. Not having been to the Ring of Kerry yet, I’d have to say Glendalough & The wicklow Mountains have been one of my favorite places to visit. I also enjoyed Newgrange & Northern Ireland Giants Causeway, Belfast & Derry City..