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55 Reasons why everyone should visit Ireland at least once

55 Reasons why everyone should visit Ireland at least once

Have you ever been to Ireland? You’ve probably heard about Dublin, but there’s a lot more to it than just the capital. The island is actually split up into 2 countries, The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (which is a part of the United Kingdom). And here you’ll find a lot of amazing scenery, unique traditions and culture, and much more!

A while ago, I did a DNA-test, and the results were quite fascinating. For instance, it told me that I have 2% Irish DNA, how cool is that! Now, I have a legitimate to dress up and celebrate St Patrick’s Day!

In this article, you will find a mix of iconic places and classic reasons to visit Ireland. To make this list even better, I have reached out to some of the top travel bloggers from Ireland to share their favorites!

I can also start by saying that, of course, there are more than 55 Reasons why someone should visit Ireland, but I believe this is a good start, and if you got more suggestions, feel free to leave a comment at the end of the article!

Dublin

The Capital of the Republic of Ireland is famed for its Temple Bar and Trinity College, but every person I know that have been to Dublin is telling me that it’s one of the best cities they’ve visited, so clearly, there’s more to Dublin than just the Temple Bar and Trinity College!

Dublin city center

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St Patrick’s Day

One of the most famous celebrations in the world, and a good reason to visit Ireland!

st patricks day

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Galway

A beautiful city, located in the Western part of the country.

galway ireland

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Blarney Castle

blarney castle

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Visit an Irish Pub

You might have been to an Irish pub outside of Ireland, but it’s always best to get the local experience.

Irish pub - visit Ireland

Ashford Castle

Did you know that it’s possible to stay overnight here?

ashford castle

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The Mayo Greenway

One of the world’s most beautiful bicycling roads.

the mayo greenway

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Irish Stew

A classic Irish dish.

irish stew

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Gaelic Games

If you want to soak up some Irish culture – go for Gaelic Games.

gaelic games

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The Irish Accent

There is something fascinating about the Irish accent, it just makes me happy and smile in a good way. So that’s definitely another good reason to visit Ireland, to hear the Irish accent all around you live in person!

Ballymaloe Relish

Puffins

One of the most beautiful birds in the world.

irish bird puffin

Irish Brown Bread

Fungie the Dolphin

In Dingle, you can meet a very special resident called Fungie the Dolphin, a wild Bottlenose Dolphin who’s been around for more than 30 years. He’s quite friendly, so don’t be surprised if he comes up close with his friends.

Joining a local boat tour and meet Fungie is definitely one of the more unique reasons to visit Ireland!

Purple Snack

Apparently, this treat is a popular snack in Ireland!

TK Red Lemonade

I bought this earlier purely for nostalgic reasons!

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Cliffs of Moher

I’ve seen so many beautiful photos from here, and I can’t wait to see this place with my own eyes!

cliffs of moher

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Cork

cork

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Slieve League

Slieve League

Kylemore Abbey

One of many dreamy places in Ireland.

kylemore abbey

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Ring of Kerry

One of the most popular places to visit in Ireland!

ring of kerry

The Wild Atlantic Way

wild atlantic way

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Kilkenny Castle

kilkenny castle

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Poulnabrone

poulnabrone

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Benbulbin

benbulbin

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Trinity College

trinity college

Lakes of Killarney

lakes of killarney

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Tayto Park

Go for a ride on Europe’s biggest wooden rollercoaster!


Irish Blogger’s favorite reasons to visit Ireland

So, to make sure that you get the best tips on places to visit in Ireland and activities, I reached out to some of the best Irish Travel bloggers out there for expert advice. Below you can read the best tips from Tara PoveySarah Slattery, and Allan Wilson.

Giant’s Causeway

Another good reason to visit Ireland!

giants causeway

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Dark Hedges

A classic filming location from the popular tv-series Game of Thrones.

dark hedges

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Stay at Lismore Castle

How about staying exclusively at a 12th-century castle? The whole place can be yours for a week for about 50.000 Euros.

lismore castle

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Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge

This rope bridge is more than 200 years old!

Dunluce Castle

dunluce castle

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The colorful streets of Eeries & Allihies

Sherkin Island

Beautiful #sherkinisland #holidays getting the last of the Sun!

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Hike around the Gap of Dunloe

gap of dunloe

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Friday night in the Shelbourne Bar in Dublin

Stay in the hotel if you can afford it. The Shelbourne Hotel and Bar is a classic landmark in Dublin.

A traditional music session in Doolin

doolin

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Visit Skellig Michael

skellig michael

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Dingle & the Slea Head Drive

Dingle the Slea Head Drive

Newgrange (older than the pyramids)

A so-called “Passage Tomb” dating back to the Stone Age!

newgrange

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Taste a PROPER pint of Guinness

Apparently, they taste different in Ireland, so it doesn’t really count if you had a Guiness outside of the country.

guiness pint

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Tayto crisp sandwich

Another classic thing to try while visiting Ireland!

Wexford strawberries

Curracloe Beach, Wexford

#beach #ireland #wexford #ocean #sky #sand

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Wicklow National Park

Wicklow National Park

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Caramelised Brown Bread ice cream from Murphy’s in Dingle

Céilí dancing / Irish dancing

Check out the video to see some Irish Dancing.

Join a pub crawl in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter

If you’re visiting Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, Travel blogger Allan Wilson recommend you to join the pub crawl in the famous Cathedral Quarter!

5-Star Sea Views at the Cliff House Hotel in Waterford

sea view hotel northern ireland

Photo: Allan Wilson

Start the morning with an Ulster or Irish Fry

ulster fry

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The Bushmills Whisky Distillery Tour

#whisky time #bushmills #bushmillwhiskey #10 #tenyears

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The Mourne Mountains and Slieve Donard

mourne mountains

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The ‘Game of Thrones’ filming sites in Northern Ireland

Game of Thrones is easily one of my favorite tv-series, and if you like it too, you might get excited when I tell you that Ireland is home to quite a few of the filming locations. There is actually so many that you could easily make a whole Game of Thrones trip.


A big thank you again to Tara Povey from Whereistara.com, Sarah Slattery from Thetravelexpert.ie and Allan Wilson from live-less-ordinary.com for sharing their favorite places and reasons to visit Ireland!


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I hope this got you inspired to visit Ireland! If you have already been, feel free to share some more beautiful places or fun activities to try.

My Irish heritage of 2% might be small, but it has got me really excited to experience the country, and learn some more about the culture and people. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet been to Ireland, but I would love to go soon on a big round trip around the country!

Normally, I only write about places and topics from my own experience, but this article is an exception, as it’s a part of my DNA-tribute series, where I’m exploring my DNA-heritage, where I will write about and visit each country that was mentioned in my DNA-test.


Do you know more reasons to visit Ireland? Feel free to share and leave a comment below!

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Raymond French

Thursday 31st of May 2018

A walk around Dalkey and Killiney on a sunny day is fantastic. Go to the top of Killiney Hill and see the panoramic view over Dublin. Get a pint or two in the pubs on Dalkey main street. Walk the coast road from Dalkey village past Bullock Harbour round to Killiney Beach. Most beautiful part of Dublin and so easy to get to on the Dart from central Dublin. Also, stop off in nearby Dun Laoire and walk the east Pier of the harbour. Fantastic part of Dublin.

Kelly

Monday 28th of May 2018

Lets not forget Kerrygold butter and Jameson!