Dublin is the gateway to Ireland. While it’s a wondrous city that you could spend weeks in, you didn’t come to Ireland to stay in one place now did you? From the rugged West Coast to the daring North and the ancient history of the East – once you’ve ticked off Dublin here’s what’s next on your Ireland bucket list.
The Wild Atlantic Way
Eat... local produce in County Kerry
Try your hand at foraging Atlantic Irish seaweed from the ocean and learn all about how it is used and eaten. Or if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, keep on the local produce train and make sure you’re in Dingle in October for the annual Dingle Food Festival. There are cooking demonstrations, food markets, wine-tasting, (more) foraging, craft beer and food workshops.
See... the Cliffs of Moher
No trip to the Wild Atlantic Way is complete without a stop at the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. The cliff faces may make your palms sweaty but the view from your limestone and shale perch is unbeatable.
Drive... the Connemara
This cultural region in Galway boasts views of the Atlantic Ocean, hidden caves and a National Park full of lakes and mountains. It’s truly gorgeous and often overlooked. Stop off at Kylemore Abbey on the way and learn about the fascinating history and soak in the surrounds of the lush grounds of the castle and church.
Eat... at the Walled City Brewery
This award-winning restaurant and brewhouse serves up local dishes and even more local craft beers. They even have Beer Masterclasses where brewers dish on the history of brewing while you eat and drink.
See... the epic Titanic Belfast
Discover the story behind the legendary ship at its original home in Belfast. This interactive museum will take you inside the Titanic and the lives of those who sailed upon her.
Walk... the Giant's Causeway
Topping so many travel lists is the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Giant’s Causeway. Formed by an ancient volcanic eruption, the interlocking stones are a unique sight. Be sure to ask for the local story about how the causeway was formed, it’s much cooler than a volcanic fissure…
The Ancient East
Eat... everything at the English Market
It may sound strange having an English market in Ireland, but that’s just the name for this bustling covered market. Here in Cork you can sample fresh seafood, organic veg and local cheese. We recommend hitting up the Start Up Stall which is where new local businesses can come and serve their dishes or snacks to help give them a leg up.
See... the Newgrange Stone Age Passage Tombs
In Boyne Valley, part of Ireland’s Ancient East, is a truly jaw-dropping 5,200 year old passage tomb. It’s even older than Egypt’s pyramids! It’s wild to explore this ancient temple and what it all means. Local legends claim it’s haunted but we’ll let you be the judge of that.
Take in... the history and music of Kilkenny
Many pass right through Kilkenny but this quaint medieval town has plenty of rich history to discover. Every building has a story, so be sure to visit as many as possible. Locals recommend Shee Alms House, Kilkenny Castle, the High Street, St Mary’s Church and Hole in the Wall Bar (the oldest surviving townhouse in Ireland) for a beer and some music.