With St Patricks Day just around the corner, we can’t help but turn our gaze across the Atlantic Ocean to the Emerald Isle. Ireland is a beautiful country and is great for visiting all year round, not only during national saints’ day.
Did you know that the Irish call Ireland Éire? Also, the first official language is not English, even though it is the most commonly spoken language. Their first official language is Irish Gaelic. The country’s emblem is the Shamrock, which is a 3-leaf clover. You’ll probably see more than a million of them when you visit. But remember, keep your eyes open for a four-leaf clover because they are said to be lucky.
Your Bucket List of Ireland
If you want to conquer Ireland and see most of its highlights here is your bucket list, containing 35 places you should visit and things you can do there.
1. Cliffs of Moher – It has voted Ireland’s favorite visitor attraction of 2019 by the Irish Independent Readers Travel awards.
2. Galway Cathedral, is Europe’s youngest great stone cathedral, it wasn’t dedicated until 1965.
3. Visit Ireland’s first University, Trinity College, in Dublin.
4. Walk or cycle the 179km circuit of The Ring of Kerry.
5. Take a stroll through the beautiful gardens of the Powerscourt Estate, in County Wicklow.
6. Explore the ruins of the Rock of Cashel, in County Tipperary.
7. Follow the letter of the law at Kilmainham Goal and Museum. It closed it doors as a prison in 1924.
8. Plan an afternoon visit to the Little Museum of Dublin to learn about Ireland’s capital.
9. Take a Ferry to the Aran Islands
10. Go on a hiking adventure through Killarney National Park. The rugged mountainous landscape will take your breath away.
11. In County Kerry, photograph the extraordinary rock formation, known as Skellig Michael.
12. Explore and discover the streets, bars and life of Dublin (obviously!)
13. Admire the architecture of Galway (Listen to Ed Sheeran: Galway Girl.)
14. Drive the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland.
15. Be king or queen for the day at Blarney Castle, Cork.
16. Shop until you drop on the world-famous Grafton Street, Dublin.
17. Visit the oldest city in Ireland, Waterford.
18. Drink Guinness.
19. When in Galway, don’t miss a trip to Kylemore Abbey.
20. Originally a seat of English power, Dublin Castle is now 100% proud Irish.
You’re over halfway. Are you in love with Ireland yet?
21. Have a drink in the red corner pub, Temple Bar and enjoy Dublin’s nightlife.
22. A trip to Ireland isn’t complete without a visiting Kilkenny, famous for its medieval magic and outdoor adventure.
23. Relax and absorb the lifestyle of Cork
24. Watch a Sunrise over Lough Tay
25. To discover the military history of Ireland and to at some of the best fresh seafood visit Kinsale.
26. Visit Fota Wildlife Park, east of Cork.
27. After a morning walking around the medieval corridors of Bunratty Castle, in County Calre, visit the nearby spa for a treatment or two.
28. Take an epic photo on the Ha-Penny Bridge and overlook the river Liffey.
29. Admire art created by native artists at the National Gallery of Ireland, in Dublin.
30. Get your hands dirty at Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farm, in Kerry.
31. Hangout in Dublin’s city center park, St Stephens Green. It’s Irelands, Central Park.
32. Discover the results of a volcanic fissure eruption at Giants Causeway.
33. Complete your Irish castle adventure at Malahide Castle.
34. Over 18’s can visit and enjoy the offerings at the Old Jameson Distillery
35. Pay a visit to Father Teds House in County Clare (Watch Father Ted, before leaving for Ireland)
Maybe you’ll bring home a bit of luck, after visiting all these wonderful Irish destinations. If you love Celtic nations, find out why Scotland should be your next holiday destination, with ‘Why you should visit Scotland in 2019!’