I was lucky enough to be able to live in Ireland for a year on a working holiday visa. I chose to live in Dublin as I wanted the most action in my life. If you get the chance to see Ireland you’ll be met with the legendary bright green fields, stunning autumn colours surrounding crisp blue lakes and of course the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. If you’re really lucky incorporate a road trip and crank your classic Irish tunes like The Cranberries or The Pogues!
These are my Top 5 MUST SEE places in Ireland. They’re as beautiful as you’ve ever imagined!
Cliffs of Moher
Hands down one of the most incredible places I’ve ever been in my life. I was lucky enough to see them twice because I made it my mission to go back. The stuff of legends, in particular my favourite childhood book Jake O’Shawnasey. Day trip, weekend away or a stop on a week long road trip up the West Coast, make sure you stop here for AT LEAST a few hours to let the magnificence truly sink in.
One of the cutest most postcard picturesque little city centres I’ve ever seen. Everyone loves Galway! Honestly every Irish person I spoke to in my time in Ireland, said you have to go to Galway. I went on a weekend trip with my boyfriend David, hiring a car from Dublin. Pubs, pints, buskers, colourful little shop fronts, Galway Bay.
Ok this one is not Ireland, it’s in Northern Ireland, definitely two different countries (had to mention that for the northerners!) A very popular spot, with a visitors centre and lots of tour buses, but it’s worth it. Everyone’s there to see the natural wonder of these weird rock formations on the beach. This natural wonder is right up the top of Northern Ireland, the whole beach is covered in hexagonal rocks of different heights. They’re perfect stepping stones to zoom around, or sit and ponder life by the North Atlantic Ocean. And if you’re really lucky you’ll have your Irish mates telling you the story of Finn MacCool!
In Dublin’s fair city, where the girls are so pretty. Obviously you will see Dublin anyway as you will most likely fly into it on your arrival. What I loved about it was just walking and discovering quaint little streets, like William St or Drury street for cafes and restaurants, or Grafton street which is so pretty at Christmas time, or a summer stroll through St Stephen’s Green, have your first Guinness at the Guinness Factory. You could spend weeks here discovering the best brunch spots and the history of everything!
Sooo beautiful! Another gem that everyone I spoke to said it’s absolutely gorgeous and a must do. Just an hour or so from Dublin in the stunning Wicklow Mountains. Reach it by car or go on a day trip by coach. I was lucky enough to go in autumn when the leaves were changing and there was just a magical feel to the place. There’s walks and hikes to be done, boardwalks through marsh, an old graveyard and abbey to explore and beautiful views over the lake to take in with a packed lunch.
Ireland has so many different landscapes in such a small country. I was there for a year and only got a taste of what’s on offer. With so much more to explore in the Emerald Isle I will just have to go back won’t I!