Ireland (Republic of Ireland)

Languages: English, Irish

Currencies: EUR · Euro (€)

Capitol: Dublin

Continents: Europe

Borders: United Kingdom

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Area: 70,273km2

Population: 4,994,724

Traffic/driving side: left

Landlocked country: No

Independent country: Yes

United Nations member: Yes

IDD Prefix: +353

Timezones: UTC

Last updated on May 15, 2024

Before I moved to Ireland I never realized how different the island is from the old continent. While most of this green island still remains unspoiled, the capital seems to be more lively than most European cities. No surprise Ireland was voted number of times by travel magazines among 20 most beautiful countries in the world. I’ve been exploring all parts of the country and diversity of this incredible island makes the trip unique every time I travel. Check top 10 best places to visit in Ireland for unforgettable adventure.

wicklow in ireland

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge!

Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge is located in Northern Ireland near Ballintoy in County Antrim. They place knocks out with stunning views over the whole Causeway Coastal Route and dramatic ocean cliffs. Carric-a-Rede is an unforgettable walk 30 metres above the sea surface through the rope bridge, which links the mainland with a small island. The original rope bridge was built by salmon fishermen in 18th century, so they could set nets in a deep sea for more succesful catch. The walk might be a little scary experience if you are afraid of heights. Focus on the breathtaking panoramic views and you’ll shortly find yourself on the other side of the rope bridge. 

The rope walk is pretty stable. There are only 10 people allowed to walk the bridge on the same time. It is monitored by the guards on both ends, so the movement progresses nicely and smooth, so unfortunately you may not be permitted to stop half way to take some shots. You should keep walking all the way through untill you step in to the small island. 

Before you go you should check if the bridge is opened for tourists – it happens the bridge remains under maintanace or replacement works. Check full information about this unique attraction in Visitors Information.

If you are already in the Northern Ireland visiting Carric-a-Rede Rope Bridge – hang on, there are world-famous places within 20-30 kilometres. The most visited place is of course – tree tunnel – The Dark Hedges from the Game of Thrones.

The Dark Hedges Bregagh Road in Northern Ireland – the stunning tree tunnel you saw in the Game of Thrones!

The Dark Hedges Bregagh Road in Northern Ireland

The Dark Hedges – one of the best places to visit in Ireland – the stunning tree tunnel you saw in Game of Thrones!

The Dark Hedges is an avenue of beech trees along Bregagh Road between Armoy and Stranocum in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. While this is just a valley of trees, it’s a magic place and feels incredible walking down the valley.

If you are looking for a unique photo, get there as early as possible to capture a fog lifting up from the valley.

Dark Hedges are only 20 minutes drive from Carric-a-Rede Rope Bridge, located on Bregagh Road in Ballymoney. For convenient parking drive to Hoedges Hotel. 

Traveling across Ireland.

If you are hiring a car don’t forget there is a left-side traffic in Ireland! Traveling by car in Ireland is the best option for sightseeing the country, public transport is not that well developed and will not give you a flexibility of traveling around.

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If you are not traveling by car and want to merge few attractions these are best tour options for Northern Ireland attractions | Tripadvisor:

Howth – lovely fishing village in Dublin.

Howth used to be a small fishing village. Nowadays with its unforgettable atmosphere and stunning cliff views remains one of the main toursit attractions in Ireland with cliff hiking, beautiful lighthouse & harbour and unique local market.

Howth peninsula is a great destination for a beautiful day trip – cliff walk. The longest path is around 10 km loop. Views along the cliff walk spread across the whole Dublin Bay and Wicklow Mountains. The path leads through some incredible rocky beaches and it’s very likely you’ll see dolphins or sea lions. Howth harbour is famous for its sea food restaurants. The place can be extremely busy during holidays and weekends. But fish burger in Howth is worth waiting 😉

Dingle in County Kerry (Ring of Kerry) and The Wild Atlantic Way.

County Kerry is considered as one the most scenic county in west coast of Ireland. Ring of Kerry is one of the most popular 180 km loop route, taking you through majestic landscapes of the region. County Kerry is well know for its Irish-language speakers and plenty of splendid attractions:

  • Killarney National Park with the highest peak of Ireland – Carrauntoohil, 
  • Dingle Peninsula, 
  • incredible Skellig Michael islands adventure, 
  • Wild Atlantic Way – the longest coastal route in the world! 

Skellig Islands - Star Wars filming location.

Skellig Islands on the Atlantic Ocean are world famous attraction, not only because their surreal beauty, ancient Monastery dating back to 1400 but also after becoming a shooting location for Star Wars. 

To visit the islands you need to book tickets months in advance, however there are last minute cancellations, so it’s worth checking online regurarly. Skellig Islands are only accessible from mid-May till 1st October, due to weather conditions and there are two tour options:

  • Skellig Michael landing tour – (usually costs around €120)
  • Skellig Islands Eco tours – (usually costs around €45)

Wild Atlantic Way – one of the longest coastal route in the world!

Wild Atlantic Way covers 2600 km on the west of Ireland coast and it is considered to be the most dramatic and longest coastal route in the world. It’s a fantastic ocean drive exploring the west of Ireland. The drive spreads from the northern city of Donegal down to West Cork on the south of the country, uncovering the wildest spots of the oceanic side of the island.

Cliffs of Moher – one of the best places to visit in Ireland.

County Clare is another region unveiling the amazing beauty of the west coast of Ireland. The main attraction of the region are Cliffs of Moher. However not many people know that Slieve League located north direction are the highest cliffs in Ireland and almost three times higher that Cliffs of Moher. There is an entrance fee and be prepared for hundreds of tourists. 

cliff in ireland

If you plan to spent more time around Cliffs of Moher, best thing to do is taking a walk along the cliffs to enjoy this fantastic scenery from different perspectives.

Carrantoohill – the highest peak of Ireland in County Kerry.

Carrantoohill in ireland

National Park in County Kerry is one of the best places to visit in Ireland with an option to hike Carrauntoohil – the highest peak in the island. There are number of hiking trails across the park. The most popular route to the top of Carrauntoohil is Devil’s Ladder. It’s very challenging but absolutely stunning expedition with highly rewarding views from the top! This is one of my favourite scenery of the green valleys of ireland.

Devils Ladder route is a challenging trail. The beginning of the route is flat and it’s hard to imagine it turns into a steep rocky trail! No special equipment is needed to climb the mountain but be careful. The route has become more dangerous in recent years due to loose stones. On the way to the top you pass two beautiful lakes, which look like human lungs from the top view.

Wicklow Mountains.

Wicklow Mountains are among the most famous hiking destinations in Ireland. Glendalough is a fantastic starting point for a number of walking routes in the valley at all levels of difficulty. From the Glendalough Upper Lake Car Park there are number of marked trails, which start from half an hour walks up to the 10 km full loop. One of the most spectacular trails is a loop around Glendalough Upper lake through Miners Village. Hiking up is rewarded by stunning views of the Glenealo Valley. 

If you are looking for some decent hiking adventure choose Lugnaquilla – the highest point of Wicklow Mountains – 925 metres. 

Glendalough Wicklow Mountains

Giant’s Causeway – incredible phenomenon formed 50-60 million years ago!

Giant’s Causeway is one of the most famous attractions in island. It’s a 3 km walk from Windy Gap – the starting point. This untypical rocky coast was formed 50 to 60 million years ago from successive lava flows cooling while contacted with the sea. This phenomenon is to be seen only in two places in the world – Ireland and New Zealand.

Giant’s Causeway

The Loop Head Peninsula.

Loop Head is probably one of my favourite walks in the west coastal of Ireland. It is marked with a lighthouse built in 1670 and a fascinating history is linked to this building. The lighthouse is the main landmark on the northern shore of the Shannon River. Loop Head offers dramatic views from 90 metre high cliffs of the sea down to Kerry Head and Dingle to the Cliffs of Moher in the north.

The Loop Head Peninsula

Galway – a must stop on the Wild Atlantic Way


Galway is a charming city located on the Wild Atlantic Way. With only 80 000 inhabitants it is a wonderful place to visit and enjoy local pubs with traditional Irish music and atmosphere. 

The streets are full of crafts shops, original souvenirs and plenty of delicious restaurants.

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