The Emerald Isle beckons! A magical land of rugged coastlines, craggy mountains, historic castles, mystic Celtic ruins, and moss-covered abbeys, Ireland is a fascinating island to visit. There’s something for everyone on this small but scenery- and history-filled island. With so many attractions it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few, but here are our top three places to visit in Ireland.

Stand on the Cliffs of Moher

Paying a visit to the Cliffs of Moher, the most visited natural attraction in Ireland, will both delight and amaze you. These dramatic cliffs stretch five miles along the Wild Atlantic Way in the County Clare. Carved by 350 million years, ocean, and weather into amazing formations, the cliffs stand 702 feet at the highest point. The tops of the cliffs are covered with meadows of green grass and then suddenly crash into a sheer drop to Galway Bay below. You won’t want to miss this magnificent site.

The Cliffs of Moher is one of our top 3 places to visit in Ireland

View the incredible Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s star attractions

Traverse the Ring of Kerry

A scenic drive around the famed Ring of Kerry (technically the Iveragh Peninsula) is something you won’t forget. On the 109-mile drive, you’ll pass seaside villages, rugged coastline, soaring mountains, golden lakes, and grassy farmlands. Certainly it’s a photographer’s dream and a must-see on a visit to Ireland.

On anyone's top 3 places to visit in Ireland, you have to include the Ring of Kerry

The spectacular Ring of Kerry

Explore Dublin

Finally, a list of the best things to do on your visit to Ireland wouldn’t be complete without Dublin, the capital. This bustling, friendly city attracts visitors for its culture, rich heritage, and elegant Georgian architecture. Here are just a couple of the top attractions.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Notably, Dublin is home to the colossal, neo-Gothic St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The ancient sanctuary, which dates back to 1220, was built next to a well where St. Patrick baptized converts. It’s simply stunning, filled with monuments and beautiful stained glass. Just a short distance away is Christ Church, renowned for its medieval crypt containing the relics of St. Laurence O’Toole.

Trinity College and the Book of Kells

You’ll also enjoy the charming Trinity College, dating back to 1592. Among its illustrious alumni are Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and Bram Stoker. Safely tucked inside the College Treasure is the legendary Book of Kells, one of the most important Early Christian illuminated manuscripts in the world. Moreover, the Book of Kells has a fascinating backstory that we’ll let you hear firsthand from your guide.

Dublin is probably number 1 on a list of the top 3 places to visit on the Emerald Isle

Dublin, Ireland’s lively capital, is friendly, intimate and full of classic landmarks.

While we’ve listed our top three places to visit in Ireland, there’s much more to see on this stunning island. Another highlight is the wild and beautiful Connemara Region of mountains, lakes, and cottages where St. Patrick fasted for 40 days and nights. Blarney Castle and gardens, where you have a chance to kiss the famous stone to receive the “gift of eloquence,” is also a popular sight.

With its remarkable scenery and long history, it’s easy to see why Ireland is a favorite with Nawas travelers. Learn more about our Emerald Ireland Pilgrimages and Protestant Ireland programs or contact us directly.

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