During this summer my girlfriend and I took the opportunity to take a quick trip to an incredible country, Ireland. Surely there are people who might have the belief that the most important thing to see in this country is its capital, Dublin, but it is much more than that. There are around 3,000 castles or fortifications on the entire island alone, which gives us an idea of all the places that can be visited on this wonderful island.

What places to visit in Ireland?

Some of the most important places that you should not miss on your visit to Ireland are the following:


Belfast is located in Northern Ireland, this city being the capital of the country. Although it may not sound very familiar to you, the city of Belfast is a highly recommended place to visit. Belfast has a history marked by armed conflict between Republicans and Unionists, which has left its mark on the murals of both factions.

One of the best-known attractions in the city is the Titanic museum, since this ship was built there. Another very interesting visit is Belfast Castle, on the outskirts of the city.

Giant's causeway

It is the most famous tourist destination and therefore the most visited in Northern Ireland. Its landscape is impossible to forget, it was formed due to the expulsion of lava from active volcanoes millions of years ago. By the time the lava was ejected and came into contact with the sea, it cooled rapidly, solidifying and creating its unusual basalt structure in the form of columns and geometric rocks.

The legend told by the inhabitants of the place is that there was a battle between two giants who lived in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Due to this battle, huge stones were thrown at each other that generated the famous causeway.


It is surely the best known city on the entire island of Ireland, this being the capital of the Republic of Ireland. Some of the places that you cannot miss in this city are Dublin Castle, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Protestant Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Trinity College and for beer lovers the most important of all, the brewery. Guinness and Temple Bar.

Dublin is a busy city with plenty to do, you certainly won't be disappointed.

Wicklow National Park

Wicklow National Park is another place you should not miss on your visit to Ireland. It has more than 20,000 hectares of meadows and mountains with forests, peat bogs and lakes that constitute the habitat of a great diversity of native animals such as deer, red foxes, wild goats and badgers. Another of the tourist attractions within the national park is the Glendalough Monastery, founded in the 6th century, being one of the first Catholic religious centers on the island.


It is the quintessential town if you plan to visit the Cliffs of Moher and an excellent base if you plan to visit the east side of the island. But not only that, it is a picturesque city with a large number of young people, so the nights can be very lively. It also has relaxing canals to walk around and an elegant cathedral.

From this city it is also possible to visit one of the best known castles in Ireland, Dunguaire Castle.


Connemara is a cultural region located in the west of Ireland that includes a wide peninsula. It has a large number of lakes and landscapes that can only be imagined in fairy tales. There are mountain trails for trekking between these bucolic hills populated almost exclusively by sheep. One of the quintessential places to visit in the area is Kylemore Abbey. Originally it was built between 1863 and 1868 with the function of being a residential castle and hence the spectacularity of the complex. From 1920 it was occupied by Benedictine nuns, although since 2010 it has been closed and only the gardens can be visited.

 Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are the most important natural attraction in Ireland.

What are the Cliffs of Moher or the Cliffs of Moher?

It is without a doubt the most important attraction in Ireland and one of the most famous images of the island. These cliffs have an extension of around 12 kilometers and a maximum height of 214 meters. They are located to the west of the island facing the Atlantic Ocean, it has eight capes and almost vertical black walls, which despite not being the highest in Europe, provide it with great spectacularity.

How to get to the Cliffs of Moher?

There are several ways to get there, either by car, by bus through a tour, public bus or walking along the coast.

  • Car. This is the cheapest option if there are several people on the trip, in addition to the obvious comfort it represents. Remember they drive on the left and drive on the right. Important point that should not go unnoticed.
  • Bus tour. There are tours that go to the Cliffs of Moher from Galway and also from Dublin. Leaving from Dublin it will take you longer to get there, so you won't have enough time to enjoy the scenery.
  • Public bus. Doolin and the visitor center itself can be reached from Galway or Limerick by the Bus Eireann public buses on lines 050, 423 and 337.
  • You can take a hiking route to reach the cliffs starting from the city of Doolin, which is the closest city to this attraction. There are around 7 kilometers of route and around two hours walking.

What was my experience?

This was my first time visiting Ireland, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. We decided to plan a little before the trip since we were going to the island for a few days, what we had to see at any cost were the Cliffs of Moher.

Our flight departed from Barcelona and lasted around three hours. We did this trip with Ryanair. Arriving in Dublin we immediately left for Galway by bus, a transfer that lasted two hours. We did not stay in Galway city as the accommodation prices were very high, the hotel we stayed in is in a nearby town called Claregalway, 20 minutes by bus from Galway.

The first day we only had time to eat and walk around the city for a couple of hours. That same day we looked for the tour for the next morning to visit the cliffs, the price was a bit high, 45 euros per person and does not include food.

The tour left at 10am from Galway, we had to take a taxi from Claregalway to get there on time as we woke up late, this cost us around 12 euros.

The positive thing about taking the tour is that in addition to taking you to the Cliffs of Moher, they give you the opportunity to visit other places such as Dunguaire Castle with excellent views of Galway Bay whose main protagonist is the Atlantic Ocean.

We arrived at the cliffs around 2pm, just after stopping in Doolin for some delicious Irish stew. Without a doubt, the view you have when you reach the cliffs is impressive and well worth the trip. If you want to know more about my experience I invite you to watch the video.

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