No world’s top tourist attraction list can be complete without the inclusion of tourist destinations in Ireland. It is a small country but big in natural beauty. Spectacular lush landscapes, jaw-dropping beaches and coastal strips, majestic cliffs and mountain ranges, rolling hills, amazing rivers and lakes, beautiful parks and gardens, riveting castles and historical sites, name it, are just but the hallmarks of this island.
There are so many attractive sites you could visit. So many that time usually is the constraint. In a single visit you just scratch the surface and you will need to come back for another share of this pie of beauty.
These tourist destinations are spread across different regions, each region having a good share of places to visit. To help you refine your itinerary and not miss out anything, we will have a look at what each region has to offer.
A visit to Ireland would be incomplete without exploring its capital, Dublin. The best way to do it by foot or an open bus. The town has a lot to sample. Taste the heritage of the Irish people at the Ireland National Museum or check out Dublin Castle, O’Connell Street, St Stephen’s Park, Phoenix Park, Trinity College or Dublin Zoo.
The southwest region.
This encompasses Counties Cork, Limerick and Kerry. There is a lot in this region to quench your touring thirst. The Lakes of Killarney overlooking Carrauntoohil, the tallest mountain in Ireland. Blarney Castle is famous due as a result of the sensation Blarney Stone which visitors are fond of kissing. The ‘Ring of Kerry’ drive which many visitors look forward to happens here. It is the circuitous drive around Iveragh Peninsula offering a scenic view of the coastline terrain. Other places to visit are Beara Peninsula and Dingle Peninsula.
The West Region.
The western tourism region has five counties: Roscommon, Clare, Mayo, Galway and Sligo. As in other regions, you will be spoilt for choice. The breathtaking Cliffs of Moher is a good place to begin. Also check out the wild nature paradise, Connemara National Park or get the traditional Aran island tour. Moreover, you can tour: the Burren, Galway City and River Shannon.
The Northern Region.
This region is composed of counties from both Northern Island (Armagh, Derry, Down, Antrim, Tyrone and Fermanagh) and the Republic of Ireland (Louth, Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan). Northern Ireland is not short of attraction sites. Belfast City has Ulster Museum and Victorian homes. Away from the bustles of the city, you can tour: the Giant’s Causeway, the picturesque 40,000 basalt columns, the beautiful scenery of the mountains of Mourne, Lakes of Cavan, Sperrins of Tyrone and Donegal. The Glens of Antrim, the nine valleys in the Antrim Plateau. In addition, Ratlin Island, the largest island in North Ireland, Glenveigh National Park and Lough Neagh, the largest lake in Ireland are other tourist host spots.
Owing to its warm weather, this region has been christened ‘the sunny southeast’. It is composed of such counties as Carlow, Kilnenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford. Wexford is known for its long beaches. In addition to Co Carlow’s tranquility, it hosts Carlow Castle and Carlow Museum. The old Waterford is home to the well-known Waterford Crystal Store and the interesting sight where three rivers (Suir, Nore and Barrow) meet.
East Coast and Midland region.
Wicklow, Kiladare, Longford, Laois, Louth, North Offaly, Westmeath and Meath are the counties that make up this region. Though often brushed aside, this region has many interesting things to see. Considered a spiritual home as it has sacred sites that attract pilgrims. Sacred sites like: Clonmacnoise, Norman Churches and Norman Crosses are found in this region. It boasts of tranquil lakes, enthralling bogs and the Newgrange, the intriguing monument.