Top 10 Things to Do in Ireland
1. Drive the Ring of Kerry – possibly the most beautiful drive in the world!
There are many beautiful drives in Ireland, but this is the most famous and certainly one of the best. The drive can be done in a day (6-10 hours depending on stops and traffic). During the summer months it will get quite crowded, so try not to get behind a tour bus (if possible). Along the way, there are many places to stop for pictures, lunch, shopping, and just taking in the scenery.
2. Guinness Brewery – OK, it is the only beer I drink (mostly)
If your not a true beer enthusiast, then this might not be your thing. For those of us who love Guinness, it is almost hallowed ground. Yes, there are samples!
3. Cork – Ireland’s 2nd biggest city
Cork is a great place to base your western Ireland visit.
4. Kinsale – my favorite Irish seaport town
I think that this quaint old fishing village is a must see. The village holds a competition for the best painted house, so the village is a rainbow of colored homes and businesses. You can walk along the cobbled-stoned streets and water and feel the Irishness!
5. Ashford Castle – Ireland’s fairytale castle
OK, how many places can you go to and stay in a real castle complete with servants, turrets, and falconry! This authentic Irish castle was turned into an amazing family hotel. It has all of the amenities: boating, fishing, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, hiking, and much more. You can pretend to be royalty for a weekend.
6. Bunratty Castle – we missed this one unfortunately
7. Blarney Castle – cool castle, skip the stone
The castle is a terrific example of Irish craftsmanship and history. The stone, however, is a little disappointing. It is also quite an acrobatic feat to kiss it too. You will have to decide if you want to do it to get the gift of gab.
8. Galway – fabulous on the coast
Galway may win an award for being the most Irish of cities in Ireland. Famous for Irish folk music, dance, crafts, and scenery, it is a favorite among tourists. You can hear the Irish language spoken almost in every pub, market, and park in the city.
9. The Cliffs of Moher – watch your step!
These awe inspiring cliffs rise 400 to 700 feet out of the sea to flat green fields above. You can take a boat cruise along the coast to really get an idea of their grandeur. Please watch you step!
10. Killarney – think leprechauns
Killarney is rated the best kept town in Ireland by the Irish business council. It certainly is beautiful. It also makes for a great place to stay during your tour of western Ireland as it affords easy access to just about every where on the west side.