5 Incredible Places to Visit in Ireland This Year
Ireland possesses both natural beauty and historical significance in abundance, helping to make the Emerald Isle one of the most incredible places to visit in the whole of Europe. We've picked out five breathtakingly beautiful locations for you to visit in the land of St. Patrick this summer, from lively cities to tranquil locations overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
1. Malin Head, County Donegal
There might not be a more beautiful place in the whole of Ireland than Malin Head, which just happens to be the most northerly point of the country. In addition to the incredible scenery, Malin Head also boasts great historical importance. At the very tip of the coast, named Banba's Crown, is "The Tower", which was built by British Admiralty in 1805 as a Napoleonic lookout in case of a possible French invasion. Lastly, for the keen birdwatcher the Inch Wildfowl Reserve contains corncrakes, puffins, snow buntings and choughs, offering variety for all who visit Malin Head.
2. Dublin City
The capital city of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin has twice been voted the 'Friendliest City' in Europe on TripAdvisor. But it's not just the people who are welcoming; there's an abundance of pubs, historical buildings and beautiful parks to explore, including Merrion Square and Iveagh Gardens. Of course, there's one thing you simply have to do before you leave Dublin - pull yourself a pint of the black stuff, Guinness.
3. Skellig Michael, County Kerry
From the most northern point of Ireland to one of the southernmost, Skelling Michael is one half of a pair of islands roughly eight miles off the County Kerry coast. Skelling Michael is referenced in history as early as 1400BC (yes, that's BC), and the monastic settlements on the island are widely believed to date back to the 6th century. You can experience this particular piece of history for yourself by scaling the same 600 steps that centuries ago helped carry monks from their residence to the water's edge, where they fished for their breakfast.
4. Galway City
Heading west, Galway City has a range of attractions that make it an essential place to visit in the land of the Shamrock. From The Spanish Arch, constructed in 1584 on the banks of the River Corrib, to Galway's Medieval Town, you won't be short of places to visit during your stay here. For the more active revellers visiting Monroe's Tavern is a must, where you can take your partner's hand and engage in some traditional Irish dancing.
5. Saul Church
If you want to really delve deep into the history and tradition behind St. Patrick's Day, Saul Church is the number one place you need to visit on March 17 th. Located two miles outside of Downpatrick, Saul Church is a replica of St. Patrick's first church in Ireland and was built in 1932 to commemorate Ireland's Patron Saint. The crest of Slieve Patrick, a huge statue of the saint, is located close by, and bronze panels illustrate scenes from the life of St. Patrick himself.