Best sights to see on the Island of Ireland
TD Team | 21 July 2020
Have you ever considered taking a tour of Ireland? Some of the most iconic sights and incredible landscapes in the world can be found near our doorstep. Whether you’re looking for a fun weekend getaway or a long holiday in Ireland and Northern Ireland, we’re really spoilt for choice! So check out our selection of the top places to see on the island of Ireland.
The Aran Islands
The best place to immerse yourself in the Irish language is possibly the Aran Islands, where Gaeilge is the mother tongue of many locals. We recommend taking a day trip from Galway to Inis Mor, the biggest of The Aran Islands. Make sure to go to Dun Aengus fort, which is perched on the dramatic cliffside and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean; it’s one of many prehistoric sites to visit in Ireland.
Titanic Experience in Belfast
If you’re planning a trip to Belfast, a visit to the Titanic Museum is a must! You can learn about the most famous ship in the world and Belfast’s shipbuilding industry. It’s a self guided tour with interactive galleries and is an extraordinary way to learn about the ill-fated ocean liner and uncover stories from The Titanic. It’s just one of many activities you can do on a city break in Belfast. It’s never too early to start thinking about a Christmas break! Belfast at Christmas time has a wonderful festive atmosphere and you can see the city’s main sights, as well as enjoying some Christmas shopping.
Explore the Antrim Coast and take an excursion to the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO Heritage site. Legend has it, the reason why it’s called the Giant’s Causeway is because Finn McCool, an Irish giant, created it in order to get to Scotland so he could fight against his enemy Benandonner. You can learn more about how these unique hexagonal rocks were formed at the Giant’s Causeway visitor centre. It’s truly a natural phenomenon. And if you have time to whet your appetite, then enjoy a whiskey tasting at Bushmills distillery, which is very nearby.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Another iconic Northern Ireland attraction to see is the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Nearly 300 years ago the rope bridge, connecting the island of Carrickarede and the mainland of County Antrim, was first erected by fishermen. When you cross the bridge, you'll be rewarded with majestic views of the Causeway Coastal Route.
Beaches of Donegal
Donegal has a long and spectacular coastline full of beautiful beaches, some of which often make top ten lists of the best in the world. If you’re looking to go beyond the beaches, we suggest staying in Letterkenny as part of your trip to Donegal; it’s a great gateway to see the ‘Forgotten County’ of Ireland!
Ring of Kerry
The best way to see ‘The Kingdom’ in all its glory is to do the Ring of Kerry. On this tourist trail you’ll take in mountains, coastlines, lakes and pass through charming villages. Although you can do this famous circuit yourself, we feel the best option is to do a guided Ring of Kerry tour, so you can let someone else do all the driving. All you need to is sit back, relax and take in the beautiful sights in Kerry.
If you’re thinking about a getaway to County Mayo, then you must see or hike Croagh Patrick! Locals call it ‘The Reek’ and it has been a destination for pilgrims for thousands of years; it’s no wonder it’s considered to be the ‘Holiest Mountain’ in Ireland. You don’t need to climb to the very top to appreciate its beauty; you can get magnificent views of the Mayo countryside and Clew Bay from any stage on the way up.
Cliffs of Moher
If you’re taking a Wild Atlantic Way tour, then you must see the Cliffs of Moher. Voted as Ireland’s favourite visitor attraction 2019 and 2020 by Irish Independent readers, it’s quite possibly one of the most breathtaking natural sights in Ireland.
If you’re looking for some day trip ideas in Wexford, then we suggest a visit to the Hook Lighthouse. Located on the Hook peninsula in Wexford and built 800 years ago, it’s believed to be the oldest operating lighthouse in the world. Take in the stunning views of Ireland’s Ancient East from Hook Lighthouse and if you’re lucky, you may spot whales or dolphins!
So what are you waiting for? Let’s explore Ireland and Northern Ireland! Discover all our guided Irish holidays and uncover the best of this incredible island.
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