Also called “emerald island” or “green island”, Ireland is renowned for its impressive greenery and the beauty of its landscapes. We also associate this country with the good atmosphere, with elves, with legends and sometimes with bad weather… Indeed, Ireland is not the ideal destination to enjoy the sun and the beautiful beaches! On the other hand, you will appreciate a stay on the emerald island to discover incredible panoramas on nature by taking advantage of many activities. Here is an example of a feasible circuit in Ireland in 9 stages.
- The Ring of Kerry
- The Cliffs of Moher
- The Giant’s Causeway
The first stop on any trip to Ireland is of course Dublin! We advise you to plan at least two full days in the capital. In addition to being charming, this city bears witness to the country’s history and you can visit many museums for free. You will also feel the exceptional atmosphere that reigns there! Treat yourself and visit the pubs of Dublin to taste excellent beers, including the famous Guinness. Moreover, his museum is located in this same city. In short, no need to have a specific program during your stay in Dublin: let yourself be carried away by your desires at the time.
Located on a small island, in the center of the River Lee, Cork is a very pleasant cosmopolitan city and very representative of the authenticity of the south of the country. You will find many points of interest there such as museums of all kinds, pubs, art galleries, etc. Beyond the city, discover Irish villages, nature, animals and the green lands of the country and the wild coast.
The Ring of Kerry
No matter how you visit this place, you are likely to be amazed. The Ring of Kerry in Killarney National Park is one of Ireland’s most famous, yet magnificent roads. On foot, by bike, by car or even on horseback, the landscapes retain the same charm and are worthy of the most beautiful films! Do not hesitate to stop at the many viewpoints at your disposal to admire and immortalize the panoramas available to you.
In the south of Ireland, this big city deserves to stop there for at least a day. In particular, you can visit historical monuments such as the medieval Sainte-Marie cathedral or the castle of King Jean, which dates from the 13th century.
The Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are among the most visited places in the country. Indeed, this place which has become symbolic of Ireland is spectacular. Eight kilometers long, 215 meter high cliffs overlook the Atlantic Ocean.
Galway is a very dynamic and attractive city. During the summer season, you can find many artistic festivals and other events there. With its important historical and cultural heritage, you should not have time to get bored in Galway! If you have time in front of you, do not hesitate to stay there at least two days.
Another essential! You may know it thanks to the famous song by Michel Sardou or simply thanks to the good reputation of this place. Accessible from Galway, the lakes of Connemara are magical and intoxicating. It is an ideal place to practice beautiful and long hikes, because it is honestly difficult to get tired of these landscapes…
It is also in Connemara that you can discover Kylemore Castle. This one was built in 1868 by a man who wanted to please his wife. For more tragic reasons, the man ended up widowed and childless. He therefore chose to modify the plans of the abbey in order to make it a miniature cathedral in homage to his wife and daughter.
Today, this place has become very touristy and attracts thousands of curious people every year. Indeed, we visit the castle for the beauty of the place, but also for its idyllic location.
The Giant’s Causeway
The Giant’s Causeway is also one of the most touristic sites in the country. There, you can observe a unique natural phenomenon. Clearly, Ireland is spoiled by nature! More than 40,000 columns of volcanic stones form a sort of cobblestone road there that begins at the base of the cliff and disappears into the sea. The Giant’s Causeway has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1986, but is unfortunately not very well protected since it is possible to walk on it.
The visit to Belfast is very interesting on a historical, cultural, but also emotional level. Indeed, between the history of the country and that of the city, it is difficult not to feel a certain emotion there. The walls of the war between unionists and nationalists are still visible throughout the city. But today they are painted with pretty paintings that represent peace. Alongside this, you will discover remarkable architecture, as well as many points of interest like the Titanic Museum.