Oh, Ireland, country of fun and beauty. After visiting Ireland for the first time, it immediately became one of my favourite countries. I felt so at home here, with the friendliest people and the epic landscape. If you’re looking for your next destination, here are the places you can’t miss in Ireland.
The capital of the Republic of Ireland may not be big, but it will keep you entertained. There is something for everyone in Dublin. Go shopping in the many vintage stores, visit museums and parks, walk around the Kings College campus, stroll through the cosy streets, pub crawl (but avoid Temple Bar), bike through Phoenix Park and stuff yourself with pastries or trendy hipster food. For a more detailed list, check out: things to do in Dublin.
Where to stay: Jacob’s Inn is a modern hostel just outside the centre, so you might actually get some sleep
The Aran Islands boast epic landscapes as well as the friendliest people. It might get crowded during the summer, so opt for spring or fall so you won’t have to share the gorgeous views. Check out my tips: things to do on Inishmore
Where to stay: in Killronan hostel you will feel right at home
Don’t let the size fool you, Galway may be small, but it arguably has the best night-life in Ireland. On the weekends this University town in so full, you won’t be able to enter some bars. So visit during the week instead for a slightly quieter, but nicer experience.
Where to stay: Galway City Hostel is clean, modern and cosy
If you are looking to explore the Irish countryside, Killarney is the perfect base. Right next to Killarney National Park and the Ring of Kerry. Rent a car to drive around and hike through the epic nature of the National Park, you will not be disappointed.
Where to stay: hang out by the fireplace in the cosy Black Sheep Hostel
Kilkenny is an old medieval city and boasts many beautiful buildings. Visit the beautifully restored Kilkenny Castle, the many churches, and cathedrals. Kilkenny is also the home of Smithwicks beer, the factory is worth a visit as well as Kytelers Inn, rumoured to have belonged to a witch…
Ireland has a lot of beautiful nature and the Wicklow Mountains are no exception. Hike the trails at Glendalough for spectacular views at the mountains and lakes.