8 places you must visit in Ireland

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 Ireland is a continuous shade of green with weather more temperamental than one could imagine. But it is filled with some of the most magical scenery I have discovered in the world, the liveliest and chattiest people, and is the perfect destination for a 7 day road trip.

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1. Kylemore Abbey

The first of the 10 places you must visit in Ireland is Kylemore Abbey, founded in the Kylemore Castle for Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I. The castle was originally built as a private home by Mitchell Henry as a gift to his wife, whom later tragically died at a reasonably young age. Henry never remarried and built a small cathedral on the castle grounds in her loving memory. It’s as beautiful as the photo suggests and an absolute must visit for a road trip through Ireland.

 

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2. Connemara National Park

Located just next to Kylemore Abbey is the Connemara National Park. Not only is this area beautiful to drive around, but there are some great opportunities to hike and trek through the Connemara National Park. The area is quite remote on the absolute West Coast of Ireland, but that just makes it all the more special.

 

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3. Dublin

Ireland’s capital is alive with music, pubs, and a great street culture. A visit to Ireland just wouldn’t be complete without spending the weekend in the capital. Be sure to visit St Stephen’s Green, the Guinness Storehouse, and Grafton street for shopping and live buskers on the streets.

 

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4. Slieve League

Located along the coastline are Europe’s highest cliffs at Slieve League. Forget the commercialised Cliffs of Moher (although equally stunning), but it is at Slieve League where you can truly take in the natural beauty and feel as though you have it all to yourself.

 

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5. Gleniff Horseshoe

This 10km loop shaped in a horseshoe is as beautiful as the picture suggests. Located in county sligo, this is the perfect chance to get off the highway and enjoy the Irish countryside or take a hike along one of the tracks.

 

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6. Mullaghmore Beach

Also in Sligo is the quaint and charming seaside town of Mullaghmore. Many tourists pass by without knowing to stop and bypass this stunning seaside town – don’t be one of them!

 

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7. Ashford Castle (or any of the castle hotels)

Ashford Castle is the crowning glory of castle hotels – but there are also many other great castle hotels in Ireland that should receive equal praise.

 

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8. The Irish Countryside

Just. Get. Lost.

 

Thanks to Skyscanner for sponsoring this trip!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

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31 Comments

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    Jason Rolph

    April 18, 2016

    a few years too late but im going to Ireland this summer for 2 weeks to “get lost” #8 looks amazing where about is that if you remember And any other similar forest type areas im not familar with ireland but im willing to go anywhere with my gps ill be renting a car and just driving from Dublin and southwest then northwest eventually i love forests i live in a city now so i cant wait to experience nature like that again alone on my own again beautiful pictures all around by the way

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    Sorcha

    January 16, 2016

    If you get a chance to ever return, do try to visit the south-west. The Ring of Kerry is absolutely amazing, not to mind Killarney (although I am quite biased). If you want to see breathtaking scenery climb Torc Mountain (or even just the waterfall) and the town itself; It is exquisite! Also Galway has an amazing culture, being incredibly diverse but keeping the old school Irish feel.

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    Madison

    October 14, 2015

    Where was your last photo taken???

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    ireland rail pass

    June 13, 2015

    I went to Ireland last summer and I have to say I had the time of my life ! Just enjoyed everything the landscapes, the monuments, the welcoming people and the ….pubs ! Gorgeous !!!

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    Kristin M

    May 15, 2015

    I’m trying to arrange a volunteer job in Ireland for the summer. You pictures make me wish I was there right now! In your experience is the immigration at the border cool with spending the entire three months there? Did they ask what you are doing? Is it possible to do a border run to get an additional 3 months if I went to France and back for example? I called the Irish Embassy and they said I can volunteer with just my US passport but they said they won’t put it in writing. Um… ok. :/

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    Slaine

    March 19, 2015

    I’m going to Ireland in a few days! 😀 I cannot wait!

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    Gillian

    February 6, 2015

    Hi,
    I am a travel lover – nature lover – and all around “just get lost” lover… I have been trying to convince my husband to travel to Ireland (so he too can be a travel lover). I think this blog post may just convince him! Thank you for sharing! Any more hints for travelling during the summer months (we hate crowds).

    Cheers,
    Gillian

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    Ola

    February 1, 2015

    I’d visit all of these 🙂 Just need to plan my trip to Ireland 🙂

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    Alan Fanning

    January 29, 2015

    A great insiders guide to Dublin and Ireland is called Hidden Dublin http://www.hidden-dublin.com
    All Dublin questions answered at almara@oceanfree.net

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    Olga

    January 29, 2015

    Ireland is just way too beautiful! So unfair to other countries, haha
    Haven’t been there yet, but will definitely try to go there as soon as I come back to Europe.

    http://www.therussianabroad.com

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    Tawnya

    January 3, 2015

    Glendalough not Glendlough. Sorry

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    Tawnya

    January 3, 2015

    I was there in October and Glendlough is beautiful. Though I would totally go back to see these places as well.

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    Alan Fanning

    December 2, 2014

    As a Dublin Tour Operator I am happy to share information – http://www.dublin1.webs.com

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    LileeAnna

    November 17, 2014

    I love Ireland already….Those pictures are amazing! I am going to spend NYE in Dublin this year and can’t wait to see all that with my own eyes!!

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    MissLilly

    October 12, 2014

    Gorgeous!!! I only know Dublin, need to explore the country properly

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    Martina

    June 22, 2014

    Beautiful pictures! Dun Aengus in the Aran Islands and a Dingle are also worth a visit.

  17. worldofwanderlust

    June 20, 2014

    self drive 🙂 SO much fun!

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    Jo

    June 20, 2014

    Hi Brooke,
    Did you do a self drive trip for your road trip to Ireland or did you do a tour? Thank you so much! Jo

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    valerie

    June 4, 2014

    Beautiful photos! Ireland looks stunning. thanks for sharing!!

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    All things nice...

    June 3, 2014

    You have included some amazing places there and I am delighted they are not all the main tourist attractions either- great list 🙂

    All things nice…

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    Karbonkel

    June 2, 2014

    I would love to go to Ireland, some day! It is nog far away from where i live, but i’ve never been there 🙁

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    Allison

    June 1, 2014

    This is so helpful! I’m going to Dublin this summer but plan to take a few day trips and now I know what I NEED to see 🙂
    Allison

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    Betty J. Ogburn

    June 1, 2014

    …Ah, Kylemore–take me back, :-)!!…

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    Sarah

    May 28, 2014

    Crikey your photo’s are amazing. You are really making me want to go to Dublin!

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    Emmett Von Hausswolff

    May 28, 2014

    Slieve League are not Europe’s highest cliffs. Nor are they Ireland’s highest!
    Croaghaun on Achill Island are the highest sea cliffs in Ireland and they themselves are only the 3rd highest in Europe.

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    shannon

    May 27, 2014

    These are great pictures-I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland, it’s on the top of my list. I’ll have to remember 4 and 5, a little peace and quiet is always good

    Little Blue Backpack

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    Evi

    May 26, 2014

    Wauw, I would love to go to Ireland one day!

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