St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so I thought I would share my Top 10 list of places to visit in Ireland. Ireland is near and dear to my heart. I have ancestral links back to the country on both sides of my family tree, so I have always felt a special bond with that country.
While I’ve been to the country, I haven’t seen much of the country. So, when I go back, these are the top places I intend to see/visit…Cliffs of Moher… As equally gorgeous as it is dangerous, the Cliffs of Moher is on a lot of “must see” lists.
Giant’s Causeway… Technically, this is located in Northern Ireland, which is a part of the United Kingdom, but I still count it.
Inis Mor… Part of the Aran Islands, located in the western reaches of Ireland, this little island has become quite a tourist destination especially with the release of the movie, “The Secret of Roan Inish.”
Dun Aonghasa… If you’re into history, you’ll love this place. Also part of the Aran Islands, Dun Aonghasa is one of many prehistoric hill forts on Inishmore.
Dingle Peninsula/Ring of Kerry… Located within Killarney National Park, this road trip takes the visitor to a variety of sites including castles, waterfalls, and stone forts.
Blarney Castle/Blarney Stone… If you want the gift of Blarney, it is said if you kiss the Blarney stone – you’ll have the gift of eloquence. However, my grandfather was certain that if you had Irish flowing through your veins, you already have the gift.
Kinsale… A fishing village in Cork that is incredibly colorful. Little row houses painted in yellows, greens, blues, pinks, purples, and every color in between.
Rock of Cashel… Also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick’s Rock, is the traditional seat of the King of Munster.
The Burren… Located in County Clare, the Burren is a cracked pavement of glacial-era limestone, with cliffs and caves, fossils, rock formations and archaeological sites. And if I’m ready for a break, I can head over to Doolin village to rest my feet and listen to traditional Irish music.
Trinity College… Located in Ireland, this university has many wonderful sites but the one thing that is of particular interest to me is their library. The long room has an impressive book collection and even served as inspiration for Hogwart’s library in the Harry Potter books.
How about you? What places would you see, if given the chance to go to Ireland? There are so many wonderful sites, it was difficult for me to narrow it down to just ten.