#1 Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry is considered one of the best countryside drives in Ireland and the world. The 179km long circular loop takes you along Iveragh Peninsula’s rugged coastline and seaside villages. There are islands that you can additionally take a ferry over to visit will driving the loop. It might also take your fancy to do a hike with the spectacular views!
Dingle would have to be one of my most favourite little towns in Ireland. The town is located on the Irish peninsula, resulting in a wide variety of seafood restaurants along the waterfront. Walking down the main streets of the town you come across little craft shops, art galleries, and your local hardware stores. The hardware stores I think are fantastic as on one side of the shop it is all about the hardware, whilst the other side is all about having a pint of Guinness!
#3 Cliff’s of Moher
One of the natural wonder’s of Ireland, however BE PREPARED to be blown away by the big gusts of wind! It is a very pretty and definitely takes a good photo. Be sure to keep an eye out for the puffins on Puffin Island! You might be lucky and spot one!
Dublin is famously known for its cute cobbled streets, classic pubs and a world built on words. It is the cultural hub of Ireland! Dublin is never a dull place with many things to occupy the tourist. Whether it is popping into a pub to listen to some live Irish music, visiting the museums or who can forget about the Guinness Storehouse. My personal favourite was the National History museum, which has the biggest collection of stuffed animals I have ever seen!!!
Clifden is a lovely and cute seaside town near Connemara National Park. I fell in love with it. It is a great place to spend a few nights as it is surrounded and close to many of Ireland’s top attractions, such as Kylemore Abbey and Cliff’s of Moher. Clifden has cute pubs, its own castle and abbey ruins, horse riding, hiking, boutique shops, the list goes on!!!
#6 House of Waterford Crystal
The House of Waterford Crystal is located in the heart of the city center of Waterford. For those of you enjoy fine crystal work, which makes you feel fancy like myself, you would enjoy this factory tour! On the tour you see the many steps for creating the crystal objects, such as the blowing department, mold room, quality inspection, hand marking and cutting department, sculpting and engraving. My personal favourite was the sculpting department where they had made a mini grand piano! It could also be potentially dangerous wandering around the shop if you like crystal… You have been warned…
#7 Monastic Ruins of Clonmacnoise
Clonmacnoise is ruins of an ancient monastery situated on the river Shannon south of Athlone. The monastery was founded in 544AD by St Ciaran. Today it is a site of extensive lichen spotted ruins of a cathedral, round tower, high crosses and no less than 7 churches! In it’s day, it was the leading center of religion in Europe, which of course led to it being attacked and burnt down numerous times until the buildings were replaced by stone instead of wood. It is easy to imagine monks walking around here with the writing and drawings of artists, producing manuscript documents to works of metal and stone.
#8 Connemara National Park
Connemara is situated in the west county of Galway and has an extensive range of scenic mountains, bogs, heaths, grassland and woodlands to explore! There are a huge range of walks and hikes you can take from 1 hour to camping overnight.
#9 Kylemore Abbey
Kyelmore Abbey is one of Ireland’s most loved and iconic tourist attractions. It has beautiful grounds and makes a very pretty postcard picture. Kylemore Abbey was built by Mitchell Henry as a wedding present for his wife Margaret who tragically died not long after the couple married. The grounds have a beautiful Victorian Walled Garden, and the house is set on a lake in Connemara National Park. In 1920 it became a Benedictine Monastery and in 1923 it became a school for girls, which recently closed in 2010.
#10 Muckross House and Gardens
Muckross House is a 19th centaury Victorian Mansion set against the beautiful Killarney National Park. The Herbert family occupied this lovely mansion for nearly 200 years. In the 1850’s the family added an extensive garden for the visit of Queen Victoria. Walking through the house you are taken back in time with its beautiful wood carvings and its many hanging heads of deer on the walls. This definitely tells you the family enjoyed hunting in the National Park! There are many beautiful walks you can do around the property and I recommend spending at least half a day here!