10 Best Places To Visit In Ireland

I love to travel. I love finding cheap flights. I love running away from Ireland. However, at the end of the day, Ireland is my home and I absolutely love it here. Sure, it rains a lot, and we don’t really get a proper summer like most other countries, but when the sun shines there really is no place I would rather be.

From the rugged West coast, to the stunning national parks up North to the long, white sand beaches dotted along the East coast, Ireland has SO much to offer both locals and tourists. In this post, I have asked a handful of brilliant Irish bloggers to write about their favourite places around the country and together we have compiled this list of the top 10 places to visit in Ireland. We hope you’ll agree…

West Clare 

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Suggested by Denise Sweeney

“My favorite place in Ireland is West Clare! From the endless beaches to the Traditional Music to the amazing scenery and many tourist attractions, West Clare has it all! It’s a place that anyone can enjoy,young or old! Its a place filled with happy memories and I always feel nostalgic when I’m there!” Viisting clare? Maybe you should consider cycling the Wild Atlantic Way.

Altamont Gardens, Carlow

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Suggested by Dee Sewell

“My favourite place is Altamont Gardens in County Carlow. From the formal rose walk and herbaceous borders, to the water lily filled lake, boulder strew stream and river walk. Open all year with free entry, garden centre, picnic area and tea rooms, it’s a wonderful place to visit for all ages.”

Galway City

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Suggested by Sean Burke and Amy Loonam

“Galway City for me as it feels like a blend of different cultures with the Spanish arches and tourists from all over the world.”

“I’ve been living here as an art student for 3 years now and it’s my second home,everyone is so friendly, it has such lovely little shops, and it’s just full of music and culture.”

Dunfanaghy, Donegal

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Suggested by Karen Sloane Gribbon

“Dunfanaghy is the diamond in the hills of Donegal. The perfect place for people of all ages. The perfect family haven for us. In the morning, take a dander along the beautiful beach, surf the waves or gallop along the sand dunes on horseback. Then meander through the little tiny square in the afternoon with its dreamy boutiques full of handmade gifts then go have fun in The Workhouse play park. Finish the day crab fishing, then go explore the undiscovered walking trails. Finally top it all off with delicious grub, a tasteful Guinness and a few live tunes.”

Clare Glens, Limerick

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Suggested by Darragh Bourke

“My favourite place in Ireland is the beautiful picturesque Clare glens just outside of Murroe in Co. Limerick. With dozens of waterfalls it makes for a beautiful walk. A fantastic pathway leads you up to a bridge which crosses right by the main falls with a breathtaking trek back down which in parts leaves you standing on the edge of a cliff with nothing preventing a 75ft drop to the Rapids below. Beauty of nature combined with a MAX adrenaline rush.”

Duncannon, Wexford

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Suggested by Sinéad Fox

“20 years after I left my home place of Duncannon on the Hook Peninsula has established itself as my favourite place. I now appreciate the stunning views, the beach, the fresh sea air and the friendly faces in a way my teenage self wouldn’t understand. There’s so much to do in the locality, especially with children and a choice of great places to eat, you should visit!”

Copper Coast, Waterford

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Suggested by Catherine Drea

“I’d have to say the Copper Coast in Waterford. It’s a quiet hidden gem of beaches, wild cliffs and beautiful off the beaten track boreens and I’m lucky enough to live here in the middle of it!”

Dublin

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Suggested by Lorna Garety

“The jewel in the crown has to be my hometown – Dublin. The world’s friendliest city, beautiful architecture, lively cultural scene, deer roaming through one of Europe’s largest city parks, sea and mountains on our doorstep.”

Killaloe, Clare

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Suggested by Margaret Griffin

“My favourite place is Killaloe in Co. Clare on the Shannon and Lough Derg. Cross the bridge and you are in Ballina, Co Tipperary. A foodie paradise on water. Fabulous cafes, restaurants, craft shops, scenery. Absolutely wonderful for a summer weekend or longer.”

Skellig Michael, Kerry

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Suggested by me

“Skellig Michael is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to one of the oldest Christian Monastic settlements in the world – founded sometime between the 6th and 8th century. It is also home to a vast range of wildlife, including Puffins, Seagulls and over 50,000 gannets. It is one of the most magical places you will ever set foot on. Not bad for a tiny island off the coast of Kerry!”

  • AnaLuciaSilva
    January 31, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Beautiful!

  • Sarah and Scottarah
    January 31, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Awesome! I was in Ireland with my mom a few years ago, and we hit many of these spots. We also found Poulnabrone Dolmen in the Burren really interesting, even visiting in the pouring rain!

  • Jardin
    February 1, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Great post Janet … and a wonderful idea!
    Lorna Garety.

  • Jardin
    February 1, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Reblogged this on Jardin and commented:
    A great post – 10 Irish bloggers recommend their favourite places in Ireland.
    Lorna Garety

  • gwenniesgarden
    February 1, 2015 at 10:20 am

    beautiful pictures !

  • cityoftheweek
    February 1, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    amazing list! I even bookmarked it for when I’ll visit Ireland :) thanks for sharing!

  • Raising Mighty Girls
    February 2, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Oh will def have to add some of these places to my bucket list. Thanks v much for adding my favourite place in Ireland :)

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  • Denise Sweene
    February 3, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Fab post Janet!!! It’s great to see such good recommendations for beautiful Ireland!

    • intrepidtraveller
      February 3, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks Denisa -it’s all thanks to the great bloggers who contributed. I could never have thought of such great places by myself haha :-)

  • Andrew Petcher
    February 4, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Thanks for the memory nudge even though you missed out my favourite – Dingle! That first picture – is it Dunguaire Castle?

  • greensideupveg
    February 5, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Thanks for including my suggestion and great to see the places others recommend too. We live on such a beautiful island, it’s difficult to choose just one place :)

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  • Clarissa Hirst
    April 12, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    There were some places on this list that I hadn’t heard of before, despite visiting Ireland a couple of times already, so thanks for the suggestions! It’s given me some ideas for my next trip back there in June. My favourite places in Ireland are without a doubt the little seaside towns – Kinsale and Youghal in County Cork and Ardmore in County Waterford are at the top of my list. Great views, lovely people, small town friendly atmosphere – can’t go wrong!

  • Cat
    September 2, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Thanks given me some inspiration for places to go for my blog. Really want to go to Clare Glens!

    • Janet newenham
      September 6, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      Aww glad it was useful! :-)