What to visit in Ireland – part 1
Green endless fields, spectacular landscapes, friendly people… welcome to Ireland!!
As some of you are aware I have an Irish boyfriend, so I often have a chance to visit him and discover this country in bits when I’m over there. Working full-time Monday to Friday I usually only have available weekends and banks holiday, so mini breaks, but It’s still good enough and it’s only an hour flight from London.
In Ireland there is a lot to see but you must take into consideration a few things:
- The public transport is not good, so if you are planning a tour I highly recommend renting a car. There are private tour buses that departs daily from Dublin to major destinations and attractions, but they are a bit pricey.
- The weather in Ireland can be tricky. The Irish people describe their weather as “4 seasons, in 4 minutes” and it is definitely like that. You can get up with rain, drive in the fog, have lunch in beautiful warm sun, start your walk in the sun and finish it in the snow. My recommendation is to bring sunglasses but also a raincoat, warm clothes and some waterproof shoes.
- Consider well how to plan your tour. Except for a few motorways, most Irish roads are tiny, and it takes time to reach places that don’t look far on a map.
- The attractions in Ireland are mainly landscapes and nature. Everything from Skellig Michael off the coast of Kerry in the south to Belfast city and the Titanic exhibition in the north is to be recommended. As I discover more of the beauty of Ireland you’ll see more posts and more photos!
Here there are some places that I suggest you visit:
- Dublin city: It’s worth spending a day (and a night!) in Dublin, this vibrant city with a great positive vibe. Don’t miss the Guinness Storehouse, the National gallery (there are some famous important artists!), National History Museum and of course the Trinity College. Enjoy the nightlife in Temple Bar area!
- Howth: This fishermen village is only half an hour by train (the Irish dart) from Dublin and it’s very nice. Don’t miss the nice walk towards the lighthouse where you can enjoy pretty view on the cliffs. I really recommend getting some fresh fish for lunch, straight from the Irish Sea! Yum!
- Connemara National Park: If you have a chance, I really suggest this park in County Galway. To break the trip, we spent the night in Clifden, a nice little colourful town already inside the park, and then headed in the morning to the beginning of one of the tracks.
- Kylemore Abbey: If you are in Connemara National park you must visit this amazing old abbey. The atmosphere is magic, and the landscape is beautiful! If it’s a freezing day, warm yourself with a soup at the Mitchell’s Café. Details here.
- Galway: We drove along the Wild Atlantic Way and arrived in beautiful Galway, definitely one of my favourite spots in Ireland. It is such a vibrant, cultural and buzzing city, so colourful and with a lot of young people. There are plenty of nice pubs with live music and a lot of street artists!
- Cliffs of Moher: A must-see attraction. One of the best natural landscapes I have ever seen in my life. 8km long, 240m height, these cliffs are breath-taking. I took a tour bus from Dublin. We left at 7am and came back around 9pm, it costs an average of 40 euro per person and it is a great option if you don’t have a car and cannot hire one. Allow a minimum stay of 2 hours because the area is big, and it takes time to walk both directions and explore along the cliffs. It is very very windy so make sure you are well wrapped up.
These are my recommendations and I promise I will do another post with more places to visit in Ireland.
Have you been to any of these places? What was your favourite?