Irish culture, language, and music have seeped into the global consciousness. More and more people are becoming interested in visiting Ireland, the largest of the British Isles. The magnetic charm of this Gaelic territory, located west of Great Britain in the North Atlantic is undeniable. It is a beautiful country with lush vegetation, fertile plains, and low-lying mountains. There are many notable places to visit in Ireland, including Sutton, Mulranny, Longford, Enniskillen, and Dublin. Here are some specific recommendations. Please consider these activities and must-see vacation destinations if you are planning to embark on an Irish holiday in the next few months.
Go on a castle vacation
Ireland is perhaps the best place to go on a castle vacation. Holidaymakers who want to experience how it is like to abide in another era can choose to stay in a castle instead of a typical hotel. There are many options in Ireland. Services available are designed to make guests feel like royalty. For those who just want to visit some of the castles that dot the countryside, then castle tours are available to them as well.
Ireland has a wealth of castles. For instance, there is the magnificent Ashford Castle, which is located along the shores of Lough Corrib. This famous landmark is also luxury resort hotel that is a top pick amongst celebrities and high society vacationers. Another castle that is worth visiting is the centuries-old Ballynahinch Castle, which is set overlooking the Ballynahinch River in the Connemara area. Balleek Castle is another important historical monument, situated amidst a thousand acres of forest and woodland. This 15th century castle is welcomes guests with roaring fires and antique décor.
See the Cliffs of Moher
The vertical Ailltreacha Mothair or Aillte a Mothair is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland. The cliff is formed by sandstone and shale. The best time to visit this monolith is on clear sunny days. Sunsets viewed from this area are stunning. Because it is a famous landmark, tourists ferry visitors to the cliff’s location all day. Visitors are allowed access to the cliff, though a protecting wall is there to ensure everyone’s safety. Parts of the cliff are unstable, and so it is best to tour the area with an experienced guide, or better yet an organized tour.
Check out Ireland’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites
For a sense of accomplishment, we recommend a tour of the three World Heritage Sites in Ireland, which are the Giant’s Causeway, Skellig Michael, and Brú na Boinne.
Clochán an Aifir or Clochán na bhFomhórach of the Giant’s Causeway are basalt columns formed during a volcanic eruption that happened a long time ago. These are 40,000 mostly hexagonal interlocking columns located in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The Giant’s Causeway is considered the fourth greatest natural wonder in Great Britain.
Skellig Michael or Sceilig Mhichíl is an island located 11.6 km west of Iveragh Peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean. The island, and the remains of a 6th-8th century Christian monastery contain therein were declared by the UNESCO in 1996 as a World Heritage Site.
Brú na Boinne or the mansion of the Boyne is located at the bend of the River Boyne near the Irish east coast. The area holds a wealth of archaeological treasures including the 5,000-year old passage tombs of Newgrange, Dowth, and Knowth.