99 Things To Do In Ireland – The Irish Bucket List
Planning to visit Ireland?
Having both spent our fair share of twenty years between us in Ireland we wanted to come up with an Irish bucket list, for you and us.
If you are yet to visit Ireland or are wondering what are some of the best reasons to visit Ireland in 2016 are this bucket list we have created will be for you.
Or if like us you have been in Ireland for ages and feel like you have yet to visit this fabulous country then this list is for you as well.
*As a bonus we have made this bucket list available to you as a free PDF so you can refer to it later or even print it out and take it with you on your trip to Ireland. Click here to get the PDF sent straight to your inbox..
Failte Ireland is putting a lot more investment into Irish tourism in 2015/2016.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said:
Tourism is now one of our most important indigenous industries, worth about €5 billion to the economy each year, and it is vital that we consolidate and build on this, in 2015 and beyond.
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There is also this great post from Jan on 25 best things to do in Ireland.
So let’s begin our Irish bucket list!
99. Walk through the Blarney Castle and Gardens – Co. Cork
Take a walk through beautiful grounds and find out what’s the fuss is all about. Look down from the Castle or find the Poison Gardens, either way, you will enjoy the day.
No day is the same here and with the change of the seasons the place is different with each visit.
98. Kiss the Blarney Stone – Co. Cork
You can’t come to Blarney and miss the kiss. The famous stone lies on top of the steps and once kissed you will get a gift of eloquence. Is it true, though? To find out you must see for yourself.
97. Explore the Ring of Kerry – Co.Kerry
Go on a road trip by car, cycle or walk your way around. The Ring of Kerry is known worldwide for its beauty and breathtaking places. Count Kerry, full of hidden treasures and The Ring of Kerry road trip is on many people bucket list.
Lakes, Valleys, Hills and real Irish hospitality will make you wanting to stay forever.
96. Try olives at the English Market – Co. Cork
Located in Cork City just of St. Patrick’s Street, the home of good local food products with delicious smells, tastes and hospitality. Come here and try delicious olives, cheeses, pastries, fresh organic fruits and vegetables.
There is no place alike. With the latest extension of the old capital cinema, the English market will soon be even more incredible.
95. Taste the beer at Franciscan Well Brewery – Co. Cork
Another Cork City hidden treasure that steadily grows in popularity. Traditionally produced a lager, ale, stout and wheat beer are full of flavour (our personal favourite Blarney Blonde 🙂 ), here you can sit down with friends, relax and taste the Irish produce. The Franciscan well is well worth a visit(no pun intended)
94. Watch Some Irish Dancing
Irish dancing is long in history and watching the performance is like experiencing not only the culture but its long heritage. There are many performances around the country, and many pubs do small shows, but the most popular one is by far the River Dance.
93. Visit the Guinness Storehouse – Co. Dublin
Located in Dublin city the Storehouse being one of the most popular attractions attracts thousands every year.
Start your journey at the bottom of the world’s largest pint and make your way up to the top to taste the delicious beer and enjoy the views.
92. Go crazy in Galway – Co. Galway
Galway is not only a getaway to many surrounding attractions like Ashford Castle or Kylemore Abbey, but the city itself is a destination for tourists, party seekers and it’s a perfect spot for a weekend away.
The city holds great bars, restaurants and excellent beaches that draw crowds on sunny summer days.
91. Explore the 12 Pubs of Christmas
This one recently became an Irish tradition. Coming to Christmas everyone puts a Christmas jumper on and begins the adventure of visiting 12 pubs on one night along with friends.
There is usually 12 rules that apply withing given group but they vary, and usually 30 minutes are allowed per pub… But surely who follows rules after 3,4 or 5 pints 😉
Every county has a different set of pubs and rules here is some ideas of the top 12 rules.
90. Ring the Shandon Bells – Co. Cork
The Shandon Bells and Tower located at St. Anne’s Church in Cork are very popular within tourists, and many come here to ring the 18th-century bells. If you fancy checking out the entire Cork City, ou can step onto the tower’s balcony for 360 degrees views. For more info check their website here.
89. Check out Ailwee Cave – Co.Clare
Located in the centre of Burren in County Clare explore the cave with a guided tour that will take you through the beautiful caverns – over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall.
While here don’t forget to visit also The Birds Of Pray Centre. More info here
88. Discover Cliffs of Moher – Co. Clare
They are on top of the list of every visitor to Ireland and no wonder why. Standing 214m at their highest point and stretching for 8 kilometres along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. Spectacular landscape, breathtaking views and unforgettable experience… what more could you ask for?
87. Walk the Beach – Co. Cork
We are not talking about just any beach but this one, in particular, is located in Clonakilty Co. Cork.
The Inchydoney beach is one of the places to be during sunny summer days. Just walk along the beach and savour the windswept dunes and view the stunning landscape. Life is good. Inchydoney beach hotel is also worth popping into.
86. Go Whale Watching – Co. Cork
The most popular whale watching spot in Ireland is most definitely West Cork.
Baleen Whales commonly seen off the south coast include Fin Whales and Minke Whales, which makes whale watching in Ireland some of the best whale watching in Europe.
Humpback whales are also seen off the south-west coast.
These large marine mammals feed in Irish waters for over seven months of the year on a variety of small shoaling fish and may be seen just a few kilometres offshore.
85. Watch A Rugby Match
Being able to watch rugby match live is one of the experiences no one forgets. If you are in Ireland and can get tickets, do not hesitate to see this show! The craic will be mighty!
84. Watch A Hurling Match
Hurling being unique to Ireland is the fastest ball sport in the world. If you are lucky to get tickets for the All Ireland Final, you will experience truly exciting and thrilling atmosphere you otherwise wouldn’t.
83. Check out Garnish Island – Co. Cork
Garnish Island, located in Glengarriff in Bantry Bay is accessible via the ferry that will take you by the seal island with seal colony.
The island itself has rare to the climate plants and the walk through the gardens is just perfectly laid out to admire the views.
82. Walk to Torc Waterfall – Co. Kerry
Sitting in the heart of Killarney National Park the waterfall which is approximately 20 meters high and most powerful after heavy rainfall.
While the waterfall is beautiful, and a must see, the real payoff is when you make the hike to the top of Torc and see the views from on high. Breathtaking and a must for anyone that enjoys the outdoors.
81. Meet the History at Newgrange – Co. Meath
Built over 5 000 years ago Monument in the Boyne Valley in Co. Meath is a large circular mound with a stone passageway and chambers inside.
The construction is older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza and is part of the UNESCO Heritage Site. Great place to get the glimpse into the past.
80. Have a Guinness at The Old Thatch, Killeagh – Co. Cork
This Cork pub is believed to be the oldest thatched pub in Ireland – and has been in the same family since way back in the 1600’s. But it’s not back in the dark ages, and its pub grub and friendly atmosphere make this historical spot a must-visit.
79. Walk the Temple Bar Street – Co. Dublin
This famous Dublin Street has not only many bars and good restaurants, but it seems to be the place where tourists meet locals.
Packed every day of the week with many pints being poured and spilled this is a truly unique place to visit.
78. Have Some Fish And Chips At Leo Burdock In Dublin – Co. Dublin
One of the great joys in Dublin after a feed of Guinness is a big feed of fish and chips at Leo Burdock. Just do not forget to add salt and vinegar for the real Irish style and taste.
77. Check out Kinsale – Co. Cork
Kinsale in County Cork, just 30 minutes outside of Cork, is one of the idyllic little Irish towns. With a stunning harbour and walking around this colorful town is a pleasure.
This town also has many good restaurants, and it’s a perfect spot for a relaxing day out.
Just don’t forget to head for a Kinsale harbour cruise or visit one of the numerous art galleries or shops.
76. Walk the Carrick a Rede Bridge – Co. Antrim
The bridge, suspended over 30 meters above sea level, was first erected by salmon fishermen in 1755, now attracts tourists to Northern Coast all year round.
Once you cross the rope bridge, you will be rewarded with stunning views that stretch to Rathlin Island, Scotland and the Causeway Coast. The site is best to be discovered on a dry day.
75. Hike Carrauntoohil – Co. Kerry
Located in the south in Co. Kerry is the highest peak of the island.
The mountain is reached by many tourists and locals and is one of the hardest peaks to reach in the country. If you are thinking of reaching the summit, make sure to be well prepared and travel with others.
74. Try KC’s King Creole in Douglas Cork – Co. Cork
KC’s & Son & Sons opened every evening is one of the Cork’s favourite food stops after a night out. This place serves the best food anyone could wish for so make sure to taste some.
They also have a live queue cam so you can have a look how busy it is before you go.
73. Meet the animals at Fota Wildlife Park – Co. Cork
Located just outside of Cork City on the way to Cobh, the park is one of the places where you can spend an entire day with a family.
With all facilities, you need the grounds are just ideal for a picnic or just a nice relaxing day after a night out. Here you can meet animals from all over the world and discover their story. More infor on Fota here.
72. Spend a night at Fota Island Resort and Spa – Co. Cork
This five-star resort located just next to Fota Wildlife Park is very attractive to many coming to Cork.
With great forest walks, award winning golf course and excellent spa facilities, this is one of our favourites. If you are thinking of romantic and relaxing getaway, look no further.
71. Feel Like King At Ashford Castle – Co. Mayo
Co. Mayo is home to this situated in 350-acre estate and partner of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection and a member of Leading Hotels of the World. Dating from 1228 a Victorian country estate.
This hotel with 85 rooms is a destination, with an upscale spa, and ambience, the amenities and fine dining.
70. Go on a road trip in Connemara – Co. Galway
Stretching for about 123km and packed with scenic landscapes of granite rock and countless sea inlets, the route can be started off from any point.
Take your time and stop as often as you can as it’s best to be enjoyed throughout 2-3 days.
69. Drive the 2 500 km of World’s Most Diverse and Spectacular Coastline
The Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s longest defined coastal touring route. Discover the hidden spots ranging from thundering surfed waves to world-class golf courses, unique traditional music to many gourmet delights.
This spectacular route is one of its kind and if you want to experience Ireland and Irish hospitality this is one of the best ways to do so. There is plenty of accommodation available
68. Climb The Croagh Patrick – Co. Mayo
The holiest mountain in Ireland overlooking the Clew Bay in County Mayo stretches its pilgrimage tradition back over 5,000 years from the Stone Age to the present day.
Magnificent views of Clew Bay and the surrounding South Mayo countryside are spectacular from all stages of the mountain.
67. Taste The Tayto Chips Sandwich.. Mmmm
The Tayto Chrisp sandwich made from bread butter and packet of cheese and onion chips is one of the must try in here. This simple sandwich is not only delicious but will mean you never look at chrisps and bread the same again.
66. Don’t Miss Out On The Tayto Park – Co .Meath
Speaking of Tayto’s, check out over 100 attractions in the theme park and zoo located just outside of Dublin. Try one of the Europes best rides and spend the entire day on fun activities guaranteed you won’t regret. More info here
65. Walk Through Phoenix Park – Co. Dublin
Situated in Dublin is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city. The Phoenix Park, first established in 1662 by one of Ireland’s most illustrious viceroys, James Butler, Duke of Ormond, on behalf of King Charles II.
Now it’s a home to Dublin Zoo, a cafe, the house of the President and 100’s of deer.
64. Meet the History in Cashel – Co. Tipperary
Just outside Cashel, you will find the Rock of Cashel, the town history is reflected in its built heritage, mediaeval monasteries and fortified town houses, a Georgian Cathedral and the Bolton Library where you can find the smallest book in Ireland.
63. Have a Jameson at Jameson Distillery in Midleton – Co. Cork
Experience the Jameson tradition in Midleton Co. Cork where whiskey matured here from 1800’s.
Now visitors come face to face with original kilns and pot stills from that time and explore warehouses that have aged whiskey for more than two centuries. Don’t forget to taste some too. More info
62. Tour the Kilmainham Gaol – Co. Dublin
The prison is one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland’s emergence as a modern nation from the 1780s to the 1920s.
The museum has lots of educational stories from within the jail and the political history of Dublin. Take an early tour to avoid crowds.
61. See the Breathtaking Gap of Dunloe – Co. Kerry
Rent a jaunting car or walk through the famous gap. Enjoy the mountains, beautiful old bridges, small water streams, little waterfalls bursting from the rocks, and lots of sheep.
Prepare to take gorgeous photos and pack plenty of water/snacks/lunch. It’s an easy walk but just depends on how far you want to go.
60. Get a Wooly Jumper in Blarney Woolen Mills – Co. Cork
This shop is full of traditional souvenirs, and purchasing sweater here is a must. The store first opened in 1750 is still run by the family, and here you can discover hidden Irish treasures and the woolen history.
59. Feel Like Student at Trinity College – Co. Dublin
The historic campus, located in the heart of Dublin City is renown worldwide. Ranging fro gift shop, cafes, bars, through the famous Book of Kells in the Library to summer accommodation, the place is worth a visit.
58. Wave the Cruise Ship in Cobh – Co. Cork
This town was the final port of call for the Titanic as she set out across the Atlantic on her voyage. Today passengers disembark directly onto the quayside alongside the Cobh Heritage Centre.
The center provides information about living conditions in Ireland during the last century, and it highlights advances from early coffin ships to latter-day luxurious transatlantic liners.
57. Pay a visit to Muckross House and Gardens – Co. Kerry
Located within Killarney National Park, the nineteenth-century Victorian mansion stands close to the shores of Muckross Lake, one of Killarney’s three lakes, famed worldwide for their beauty.
While here take your time walking the grounds and make sure also to visit the gift shop and stop by for delicious hot chocolate or cake in the cafe.
56. Visit the Father’s Ted House in Clare – Co. Clare
Sit down and have tea and cakes in Father Teds kitchen.
Find out the story of our Fr. Ted experience, the history of the house and recommendations of other places to visit and things to do in the locality from the owners.
Great experience if you’re in the area and worth stopping by.
55. Watch the Stars at Blackrock Castle and Observatory – Co. Cork
A trip to Blackrock Castle & Observatory in Cork filled with fun and educational things to do for kids, families and science enthusiasts.
Learn about the Universe, extreme life forms on Earth and life in outer space in the exhibition.
54. Buy An Evening Echo Newspaper – Co. Cork
This Cork evening newspaper is available every night and you can hear the shouts of the vendors selling the Echo all over the city.
53. Try Murphy’s Beer
Murphy’s Irish Stout brewed at the Murphy’s Brewery in Cork is a significant rival to the famous Guinness. Which one do you prefer?
52. Party at the Cork Jazz Weekend – Co. Cork
Held every year since 1978 in Cork City the Cork Jazz Festival became iconic annual festival held late October each year. The festival is Ireland’s biggest jazz event and attracts hundreds of musicians and thousands of music fans to the city every year.
If you are around this time of the year, make sure to score yourself some tickets.
51. Don’t Miss Cork International Choral Festival – Co. Cork
Founded in 1954 the Cork International Choral Festival held annually over the five days preceding the first Monday in May.
Cork welcomes choirs from across the world for a program of Gala concerts, Schools Concerts, National and International Competitions, and world-class performances, as thousands of participants bring the city to live for a celebration of choral music in all its many forms.
You can enjoy the show almost in every corner of the city, and many of the events are free.
50. Pose for a picture at Dublin’s Spire – Co. Dublin
The massive monument of the Spire standing in the middle of O’Connell Street 120 m high became a popular attraction of selfies and photographs.
49. Discover the Charles Fort Story – Co. Cork
Located in Summer Cove, Kinsale Co. Cork, Charles Fort is a classic example of a late 17th-century star-shaped fort.
Not only does it have a spectacular view out to sea, but also to Jame’s Fort and back to Kinsale itself.
Historically it is absorbing, but as a regular visitor, just sitting and enjoying the scenery is perfect for a relaxing day. Have we convinced you to visit Ireland yet?
48. Play Golf at Old Head of Kinsale – Co. Cork
The Old Head of Kinsale is home to a World-Class Golf Course and Luxury Members’ Accommodation located in County Cork on the Southwest Coast of Ireland. The Club has developed into one of the most recognised and prestigious golf experiences.
The lucky ones can enjoy stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Old Head Lighthouse.
47. Try water Sports at Oysterhaven – Co. Cork
This activity centre has all watersports you might wish for, from sailing, windsurfing, to stand-up paddling and sea kayaking. This place is perfect for a day out or entire holiday in holiday cottages. If you are in Co. Cork and love the water make sure to stop by. More info here.
46. Join the Irish Redhead Festival- Co. Cork
The Irish Redhead Convention has held the end of August annually in Crosshaven Co. Cork. According to the convention holders, the red hair is the rarest of hair colours and accounts for only 0.6% of the world’s population.
The highest percentage of natural redheads in the world live in Scotland at 13% with Ireland reigning in close behind at 10%. So if you love red hair join this excellent party.
45. Rock the Burren – Co. Clare
The Burren National Park located in the southeastern corner of the Burren Co.Clare. Covered by Limestone Pavement, Calcareous Grassland, Hazel scrub, Ash/Hazel Woodland, Turloughs, Lakes, Petrifying Springs, Cliffs and Fen.
The name comes from an Irish word “Boíreann” meaning a rocky place. It is truly unique and stunning site worth visiting.
44. Get a toy at Wooden Heart in Galway – Co. Galway
This unique store is a family run business on Quay Street in Galway that has been supplying ethical, safe and high-quality wooden toys and unique gifts for over thirty years.
Sourcing toys from over a hundred suppliers worldwide, many of our suppliers are family-run businesses who deliver the highest quality and standards goods.
43. Paddle through stars on Lough Hyne – Co. Cork
Located in Skibbereen West Cork, this experience starts an hour before dawn. Experience the silhouette of the seabirds on the bank, the red sunset, the whole panoply of stars overhead, the moonlight reflected in the water, or, at certain times of the year, the astonishing bio-luminescence.
42. Join The St. Patrick’s Parade
Every year on March 17th the one national holiday is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other is the day when everyone wants to be Irish. Be sure to save the date and join the party.
41. Take a cooking class at Ballymaloe Cookery School – Co. Cork
East Cork is home to the world-renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School and House. First opened in 1983 has been teaching students from all over the world since then. Unlike any other cookery school in the world, its situated on fully certified 100-acre organic farm.
40. Surf and Visit Lahinch – Co. Clare
Lahinch Co. Clare became one of the most popular surf spots in Ireland and now is home to several surf schools. If you are planning on surf holiday or trying this sport for a day, look no further. Some accommodation options are available here. Make sure when you are visiting Ireland that you stop off here.
39. Take Cable Car to Dursey Island – Co. Cork
Dursey Island is one of the few inhabited islands that lie off the southwest coast of Ireland. Situated at the western tip of the Beara Peninsula in the west of County Cork.
This peaceful island, with only a handful of semi-permanent residents, is connected to the mainland by Ireland’s only cable car. First opened in 1969, the Dursey Island cable car is the most used means of transport across the turbulent waters of the Dursey Sound and became a very popular tourist attraction.
38. Climb the Torr Head – Co. Antrim
Located in Northern Ireland is less popular within tourists and few people drive the road leading to spectacular views over to the Mull of Kintyre.
The small streets around Torr and along the Scenic Road covered in places with Flowering Currant, a native North American plant that gives a beautiful display of colour during the summer.
37. Drive The Dark Hedges Road – Co. Antrim
Co. Antrim in Northern Ireland is home to these trees formed in a tunnel like an avenue, planted first in the 18th century by the Stuart family.
The trees used as a film location for Game of Thrones, are included in the top 12 road trips of Island of Ireland. Make sure to take a picture if you are planning on visiting this site.
36. See Giant’s Causeway – Co. Antrim
Over half a million tourists that visit the Giants Causeway each year in Co. Antrim.
This Europe’s most magnificent coastlines its unique rock formations have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of Atlantic storms and the sight is unforgettable.
35. Go on A Ride With Belfast Black Taxi Tour – Co. Antrim
The best way to see and discover Belfast, going through the city centre and all important and unmissable streets. This tour is one of the best ways to experience Belfast by far.
34. Cycle the Inishowen 100 Route – Co. Donegal
Inishowen in Co. Donegal has about 100 miles of a spectacular route that can be enjoyed by cycle, walk or car. To thoroughly enjoy this site allow 2 to 3+ days of adventures.
The choice for things to see and do in this very particular part of the northwest region is endless and stunning coastline offers total escapism and solace from life’s hectic pace.
33. Enjoy fresh food at the Farmers Market in Galway – Co. Galway
Located on Church Lane by St Nicholas’ Church in the centre of the city for centuries sells fresh produce and locally produced crafts. With a great variety of food available such as Madras curry, Crepes, Japanese Sushi, and handmade cookies among many others and fresh ingredients for a delicious gourmet picnic attracts locals and tourists each time during the weekends.
32. Take a ferry to Aran Islands – Co. Galway
Located just off Galway in the Atlantic, a place where locals speak Irish as well as English. Scattered with Celtic churches, spectacular Dun Aonghasa and Cliffs of Aran. Best to be explored by bike.
31. Enjoy traditional Irish music at The Quays Galway – Co. Galway
Not only great pub with good music but also a unique interior with character and history in every corner. Located in the middle of Quay Street in Galway this place is the perfect spot to grab a drink or a bite and spend few hours in. More info here.
30. See where the Star Wars Movie Was Filmed – Co. Kerry
The Skelling Michael island in Co. Kerry served as a location for the final scene of Star Wars The Force Awakens. Now became the hotspot for tourists from all over the world.
29. Try traditional Irish Stew
For the real taste of Ireland try Irish stew made with lamb. Yummy
28. Go Sea Kayaking
Enjoy one of the most beautiful marine environments in the world. Atlantic Sea Kayaking is one of its kinds and being in Ireland is the opportunity of a lifetime to see and experience the country’s nature.
27. Visit the largest Irish Cathedral – St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin – Co. Dublin
The Cathedral is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland and serves as an attractive architectural and historic tourist attraction in the country. This Cathedral being one of it’s kind is not only beautiful but full of history and worth a visit while in Dublin
This Cathedral being one of it’s kind is not only beautiful but full of history and worth a visit while in Dublin
26. Have a drink/meal at ‘The Church’ in Dublin – Co. Dublin
Yes, ‘The Church’ is an actual church that has been converted to bar/restaurant and its worth seeing.
25. Add ‘what’s the craic’ to your vocabulary
Craic is pronounced crack and is used to mean fun, as in “Whats the craic” = is there anything fun going on / whats up. Keep this in mind because if someone asks you this, they are not asking for drugs.
24. Watch a game at the Croke Park – Co. Dublin
Croke Park is the stadium where Ireland’s two national sports, hurling and Gaelic football are played. If you can score some tickets you will be rewarded with thrill and atmosphere you won’t experience elsewhere!
23. Discover Boyne Valley – Co. Meath
The Boyne Valley just outside Dublin is a region rich in heritage and history from the 5,000-year-old Newgrange passage tomb, and the High Kings of Tara, to the Battle of the Boyne at Oldbridge and Cromwellian Siege of Drogheda.
22. Grab a Coffee at Urban Grinds in Galway – Co. Galway
This small coffee shop located slightly off the beaten track in Galway but certainly worth the walk. The coffee is excellent!
21. Try Out The Pie Maker Galway – Co. Galway
The Pie Maker is small but amazing with delicious pies ranging from sweet to savoury served with mash or salad. This tiny place attracts locals and tourists to indulge with delicious pies so if you are around this place is a must try.
20. Take a tour on Killarney Jaunting Cars – Co. Kerry
Operating all year-round, the hour long Killarney Jaunting car trip is a must while visiting Killarney. Learn about the history, folklore and the beauty of Killarney National Park and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Killarney by taking a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through the grounds.
19. Play Road Bowling with the locals – Co. Cork
An unusual and exciting version of bowls that it is particular to Ireland. Played with a steal shot, which is tossed under arm by the player down a twisty road.
The player who gets to the finish line with the least shots wins. The whole course is called a score. It only really survives in Cork and Armagh, but there are pockets in other countries.
18. Experience Irish weather
Well, this one won’t be hard if you here even for the day. This country has four seasons in one day and nowhere in the world will you get so wet (Oh umbrellas are useless most of the time too). Enjoy!
17. Watch the Northern Lights
The West and North coast of Ireland has some of the greatest, most unspoilt natural beauty not only in Western Europe but the world and if you are lucky you can spot this natural phenomenon.
The trick is being in the right place at the right time and while you’re never guaranteed to see them, chasing the lights is an adventure all in itself.
16. Snap the Great Sugar Loaf – Co. Wicklow
This Co. Wicklow Hill has fantastic views, especially on the coast and even the mountains of Wales are easily visible to the naked eye on a clear day. Another must see when you visit Ireland
The mountain itself is quite spectacular and appears to be bigger than it is. If you in the area check it out, and if you have the time there are also great walks to and around the hill.
15. See The Biggest Waterfall – Co. Wicklow
The Powerscourt Waterfall is 121 meters high and is the highest waterfall in Ireland set in one of the most beautiful parklands at the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains.
This place surrounded by Beech, Oak, Larch and Pine trees and some of which were planted over 200 years ago as well as Giant Redwoods, which are native to Northern California where they may grow up to 80m high and live for 4,000 years.
This place is fantastic for a weekend away or day out while having a picnic here.
14. Walk through The Glendalough Arch – Co. Wicklow
This Co. Wicklow site is the only surviving example in Ireland. This early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and from this developed the Monastic City.
This site has many monastic remains, and the most impressive being the Round Tower, which stands 30m high.Send postcard from Ireland
If you are visiting this Island, there is no excuse not to send a postcard from here. Postcards are sometimes the best souvenirs to many so make sure to get yours.
13. Taste the Guinness Pie
If you are looking to eat Guinness pie for the first time, there is no better place to do so other than the Island of Ireland.
12. Experience the Titanic Experience in Belfast – Co. Antrim
This Queens Road building uncovers the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began.
Extending over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in an intuitive way.
11. Take a break at Ladies View in Killarney – Co. Kerry
The view here is probably the best known of Killarney and is a major attraction for visitors. Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting visited here during the royal visit in 1861.
They were so taken with the view that it was named after them. You have to see for yourself as the view is breathtaking.
10. Have a proper Irish Coffee – Irish bucket list
Either try one in one of the many pubs or restaurants or make it yourself. Made with hot fresh brewed coffee, brown sugar, Irish whiskey and topped up with heavy cream – just delicious. This one has to be added to your Irish bucket list!
9. Take a tour through Glasnevin Cemetery Museum – Co. Dublin
This Dublin place is just stunning with many Irish Celtic crosses and a place where you can meet the history. Glasnevin Museum is the world’s first cemetery museum where visitors can explore the history and the lives of more than 1 million people that are buried here.
This very different type of sightseeing is a must for anyone who wants to embrace the Irish story.
8. Read a book at the Chester Beatty Library – Co. Dublin
Chester Beatty Library in Dublin is one of the best museums in Europe; the library is a must-see in Dublin. It is the only institution in Ireland to win ‘European Museum of the Year‘ and be in the top 5 of TripAdvisor’s list of ‘Top things to do in Dublin’.
The library’s rich collections from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world.
7. Spend the afternoon among flowers at the National Botanic Garden – Co. Dublin
Dublin’s National Botanic Gardens are open year round with free admission.This excellent place is perfect to relax and chill out, with an incredible display of flowers and plants.
While there are beautiful displays during the summer, the winter doesn’t disappoint, and there are fewer people around.
6. Walk the 100 Steps to Bantry House and Gardens – Co. Cork
Located on Bantry Bay, West Co. Cork, discover Bantry House, which is the ancestral home of the Earls of Bantry. The House has an important collection of art treasures, and you can discover them in a self-guided tour.
Just outside you will find the garden with the famous 100 steps and the view from the top are spectacular. Another must do Irish bucket list.
5. Go shopping on St Patrick’s Street Cork – Co. Cork
St. Patrick’s Street in Cork City being the main street also has many shops, bars and restaurants located just off the street. If you are in Cork a day spent on shopping and exploring the centre is a must. Here you will also find the famous English Market.
The Salt House in Galway is pure heaven to beer lovers with over 120 bottled craft beers from right around the world and 21 Taps this spot is truly a must.
3. Scuba Dive in Ireland
Another one for the Irish bucket list. There are several scuba diving schools where you can go on the adventure with the professionals. Spot seals, dolphins, whales, basking sharks, sunfish and the very occasional leatherback turtle.
Diving in the Irish waters is a one in a lifetime experience you guaranteed never to forget.
2. Picture Puffin on Skellig Islands – Co. Kerry
Skellig Michael in Co. Kerry is home to thousands of Atlantic puffins which spend their summers on the island. During that time, the island becomes a cacophony of birdcalls each year and from April when the puffins arrive and join many other seabirds including shearwaters, petrels, fulmars and kittiwakes competing for nest space on this small island.
1.Look up the Cliffs of Moher – sea kayaking – Co. Clare
When you visit Ireland you can’t miss the world famous Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare attracts millions of visitors each year, but not everyone gets to look at them from the water. This trip is one of the best ways to experience those giants, and if you are lucky, you can experience it too.
As we mentioned above Ireland is an amazing place and we highly recommend you come visit if you haven’t already. We still haven’t visited every place on this Irish bucket list, remember you can get this entire list sent straight to your inbox, just click here and enter your details.
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