I Have traveled to Ireland 3 times in my life and experienced several of the major tourist attractions there. The Giants Cutaway, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Carrickfergus Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Sligo, BenBulben, Slieve League, Caves of Keesh, Dublin, St Patrick's Cathedral, Bunnratty, Glendalough, Fore Abby and ClonmacNoise. I will provide some pictures and my personal favorite places to visit when in Ireland.
In my personal experience I have preferred the more quite locations with minimal tourists. I feel there are 4 major things people like to travel to Ireland; Architecture, beautiful landscapes, historical places and the people. I will try and highlight the places I will go and visit again if I get the chance. We will start with Landscape and have the others in a future blog.
Best place for a beautiful landscape, Slieve League.
While Cliffs of Moher and Giants Causway are more famous but for shear beauty Slieve League can not be beat. Its up in the North West not far from the quiet town of Killybegs (I recommend catching an air bnb here to rest after the steep hike). The hike is semi difficult and safe if you stay on the trail. If you are bringing any kids make sure you keep and eye on them, if they wander off the path a fall we most certainly lead to death. No picture could ever capture the majesty of these cliffs and it is truly awe inspiring just standing in the parking lot and looking around. Not having to pay any money or be surrounded by thousands of tourists is an added bonus.
Not far behind I would put the Carric-a-Reed rope bridge.
The Beauty of the Cliffs and the water below is outstanding. The hike is much easier but you can expect far more people and there is a cost to walking across the bridge. While it can feel scary walking across, the ropes on either side of the bridge keep you safe.
Lastly I would put the Sally Gap and Glendalough.
Not far from Dublin is Glendalough a beautiful road goes along side a stream down into a valley, the ability to also see one of the most historical and amazing sites, with Graves, round towers and ruins of a cathedral is an added bonus. A truly beautiful place that pictures can never do justice. If you are spending anytime in Dublin it is worth the 30 minute drive to see this place.