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Top 5 Destinations for your Ireland road trip

By on March 11, 2018

Ireland is one of those countries you need to see to believe. With rolling emerald hills, rich culture, and some of the friendliest people you will meet. Ireland is also an ideal country to visit with your friends. By the time you reach the end of this list, you will be packing your bags for your Ireland road trip!



Dublin

Start your Ireland road trip in the capital, Dublin. Dubbed by National Geographic “Europe’s largest village,” the Irish capital has a warm, down-to-earth feel. The Irish are notoriously friendly, and the people of Dublin are no exception.

The best way to get to know a place is simply walking around and exploring. In Dublin, you won’t want to miss out on an explanation of the endless historic sites and beautiful old architecture. Get to know Dublin’s rich history and culture with a guided walking tour of the city.

Make time for some of Dublin’s great museums, including the National Gallery and the EPIC Irish Emigration Museum.

While you’re here, make sure to drink some Guinness. They say it is fresh from the factory, so tastes better! Make sure to drink it in a cozy local pub, and try to find one with live Irish music playing for a truly authentic Irish experience.

View of Mellows Bridge in Dublin - Ireland road trip

View of Mellows Bridge, Dublin

The National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin. Ireland road trip

The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin


Galway

The next stop on your Ireland road trip, Galway enchants all those who visit. A city brimming with Irish culture, Galway’s colorful pubs usually promise live music, which makes for a unique experience! The streets are frequently lined with buskers, giving Galway a lively atmosphere. It’s situated on the coast, and Galway offers access to the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher. Its idyllic seaside not only offers gorgeous beaches, but also provides Galway with its legendary amazing seafood!

during Galway Art Festival with Big Top and Cathedral on the bank of Corrib river in Galway, Ireland. Ireland road trip

Bank of Corrib river, Galway

 

Ballinacregga, typical settlement on Inishmore (Arans Islands), Galway, Ireland. Ireland road trip

Ballinacregga, typical settlement on Arans Islands, Galway


Limerick

A small city loaded with charm, Limerick is easy to explore on foot. Ireland’s City of Culture in 2014, Limerick is known for its excellent museums, thriving art scene, and diverse musical venues. It is not uncommon for museums and cultural venues to host concerts and art events. Visit the famous Milk Market on a Saturday for the chance to shop with the locals and take home Irish crafts and delicious food. And of course, don’t forget to try out the pubs. Irish people are so friendly, and the Guinness is to die for!

Shannon river scenery in Limerick city, Ireland. Ireland road trip

Shannon River, Limerick


Killarney

Your stroll around Killarney will be punctuated by the sound of hoofsteps wherever you go. That’s right, horse-drawn carriages!

Known for its breathtaking scenery, Killarney has been attracting visitors for hundreds of years. Nicknamed the “Town of the Park,” Killarney is the perfect base for exploring Killarney National Park. Home to lakes, islands, historic houses, and more, this massive park spans across 26,000 acres. Also, make sure to explore the Ring of Kerry, as well as other renowned nearby attractions.

Aerial Panorama view Killarney National Park on the Ring of Kerry, County Kerry, Ireland. Beautiful panoramic scenic aerial of a natural irish countryside landscape. Part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Ireland road trip

Aerial Panorama view Killarney National Park


Cork

Referred to by the locals as the “real capital of Ireland,” Cork is a must for any Ireland road trip. You and your friends will love the hipster scene and trendy cafes, alongside the authentic Irish culture and traditional Irish pubs. Situated on Ireland’s Atlantic coast, Cork offers stunning coastal views all year long. When in Cork, make sure to take a trip to kiss the nearby Blarney Stone!

Mingle with the locals and pick up the freshest produce available at the English Market, a bustling market that has been around since the 18th Century. This historic market is truly a cultural staple in Cork.

When exploring the city by foot, pay special attention to the churches. Cork takes pride in its elegant ecclesial buildings. Try to pop into a few to admire their interiors.

And of course, the food! Cork is known for its fabulous food scene, so make sure to eat your way around the city, giving a chance to both exotic foods as well as traditional Irish dishes.

Cork, Ireland city center with various shops, bars and restaurants. Car traffic and people at the street. Mountains at the background. Ireland road trip

City center, Cork


Pack your bags, time for an Ireland road trip!

Which is the coolest place that you’ve been to on your Ireland road trip? You’re spoilt for choice, but if you have got a favourite, let us know in the comments below.

O'Brien's Tower in Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland. Ireland road trip

O’Brien’s Tower in Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

 

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