Set in idyllic Irish countryside, Blarney Castle is home to the famous Blarney Stone. An ancient Scottish stone believed to have special powers. Those that kiss the stone are said to inherit the gift of eloquent speech.
The culinary offerings of County Cork are a definite highlight. Head to the pristine little town of Clonakilty for the best black pudding in the world, & explore the whole area to experience a myriad award winning local cheesemakers.
3: National Parks
Ireland's National Parks are free to enjoy for everybody, entrance fees only apply to special attractions. Especially parks like Killarney and Connemara are firm favorites with tourists and quite rightly so.
4: Wicklow Way
Explore Ireland on foot, by walking one of the country's 31 designated long-distance paths. The most famous is the Wicklow Way, which runs from the Dublin suburbs to County Carlow.
5: Dublin City
Dublin is home to a huge variety of fantastic museums and galleries and also more contemporary exhibitions, means that there is something to suit all tastes and ages.
6: The Burren
Wedged between the rough beauty of the Aran Islands and the bustling university city of Galway, the near featureless desolation of this limestone plateau has often been likened to a moonscape. Ancient monuments and bizarre rock formations abound. Some spectacular sights can be taken in by driving next to Galway Bay.
7: Lakes of Killarney
Located in County Kerry and makes calamity is one of the most great taking scenic views in Europe, mountains surround these three beautiful lakes, close to the town of Killarney, it is considered on of the most beautiful areas in Ireland with lots of small islands within the lakes, there is a Castle are on the eastern shore.
8: The Hill of Tara
The ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland, now little more than immense earthworks covered with grass. The excellent audiovisual show in the disused church will help in understanding the importance of this site.
Here you will find one of the most important early Christian sights here. And its setting is simply beautiful, in a valley beside tranquil lakes. Lovers of history and/or architecture can indulge in two round towers, St Kevin's Kitchen (actually a church) and a cathedral (ruin). Lovers of nature can simply enjoy the walks along the lakes.
10: Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
The tower house of Bunratty was built in 1467 by the O\'Brien family and has been renovated with no expenses spared. A medieval banquet is offered in the evenings, complete with period entertainment. During the day the adjoining Bunratty Folk Park allows a glimpse into Ireland\'s past.
11: Tour around the Ring of Kerry
One the most famous and popular road circuits for tourists in the South West of Ireland, the Ring of Kerry, traverses the Kerry coast from Kenmare to Killarney with a great many tourist sites along the way.
12: Hike Ireland
The Emerald Isle has incredible places to hike. One wonderful place to go hiking in Ireland is the Mountains of Mourne, which are considered by many to be the most spectacular mountains in Ireland. The mountain range is located in Northern Ireland in County Down, specifically in South Down.
13: Bike Ireland
As any cyclist will happily tell you, Ireland biking is superb. With the country's flat roads, excellent bike stores, and relatively short routes between villages, cycling in Ireland is a wonderful experience. For biking, the Mourne Mountains, southern Ireland, and many coastal cities are the best places to visit in Ireland. Many ferry companies will transport bicycles for free, and most bus and train companies will welcome your bike aboard for a small free. Airlines will usually accommodate bikes as luggage, provided they are dismantled and boxed.
14: Golf Ireland
Another fun thing to do in Ireland is to pick up a golf club and head to the nearest golf course. In terms of golf vacations, Ireland is the top of the top. With more than 360 golf courses throughout the country, it is a golfer's paradise. Some of the best parkland courses are located in southwest Ireland, and the Irish coastal makes for great links golf. Links can also be played in all types of weather, which is great for a notoriously rainy country like Ireland. One great place for golf in Ireland is the Ballybunion Golf Club in County Kerry. This course is one of Ireland's classic course, and it is probably the best golf in Ireland.
15: Dublin Zoo
The Dublin Zoo offers more than the typical lions, tigers, and bears. You'll see unique animals in Ireland like the Galway sheep without any horns. Visit the Dublin Zoo gift shop with a large range of stuffed toy animals in Ireland.
16: St Patricks Cathedral
St. Patricks Cathedral is a great place to visit while in Dublin. Services are held every day of the year and a beautiful park north of the cathedral is home to statues of prominent Irish writers.
17: St Kevin's Bed
Just east of Teampall na Skellig and 10m above the lake waters is the 2m-deep artificial cave called St Kevin's Bed, said to be where Kevin lived. The earliest human habitation of the cave was long before St Kevin's era - there's evidence that people lived in the valley for thousands of years before the monks arrived. In the green area just south of the car park is a large circular wall thought to be the remains of an early Christian caher (stone fort).