Whether you’re booking a last-minute break or planning a ‘while the weather is still good’ road trip, make sure to make the most of August. Our end of summer Irish bucket list is on hand to help direct you to the most magnificent sights and experiences in all of Ireland.
As the summer nears its end, it’s a great time to reflect on all we’ve done and all that we still want to do on the Emerald Isle. It’s safe to say that no amount of time will ever be enough to explore Ireland, as so much of its wonder lies in the hidden gems and secret spots.
Saying that, these top ten attractions should be ticked off your to-do post-haste. From world-known natural wonders to majestic mountains and national parks, this is our ultimate end of summer Irish bucket list.
1. Killarney National Park, County Kerry
Situated near the charming town of Killarney, this was in fact Ireland’s first national park.
Killarney National Park is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, boasting breathtaking landscapes blanketed by forest, mountains, and lakes.
Make sure to stop by Ladies View, Muckross House and Torc Waterfall.
2. Bushmills, County Antrim
No trip around Ireland would be complete without a distillery tour. While there are many to choose from, one of our absolute favourites has got to be Bushmills in County Antrim.
Not only is this the oldest operating distillery in the world but the tours are some of the best on offer.
3. Murder Hole Beach, County Donegal
There are few beaches that rival the faultless beauty of Murder Hole Beach in Donegal. Hidden from sight, and accessed via a cliff path, it may seem to be a bit of a challenge to get there.
Once you’ve arrived, however, you’ll see what all the fuss is about. Although swimming is not allowed, due to strong currents along its shoreline, this is the perfect place to basque in the beauty that surrounds you.
4. The Blarney Stone, County Cork
The Blarney Stone is another one of our ultimate end of summer Irish bucket list to-dos. Considered to be the original tourist attraction on the Emerald Isle, it is safe to say this destination certainly has not lost its lustre.
According to legend, if you kiss the stone you’ll be granted the gift of the gab (aka eloquence). Sure, who wouldn’t want that?
5. Cliffs of Moher, County Clare
Spanning 14 kilometres along the west coast of Ireland are the majestic Cliffs of Moher.
No trip to Ireland would be complete without visiting them. If you’re looking to have an even more authentic experience, avoid the tourist trail by taking a scenic walk from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher.
6. Carrauntoohil, County Kerry
For those who love outdoor experiences, Carrauntoohil should not be overlooked.
Not only is it Ireland’s tallest peak at 3,406 feet, but its dramatic location amidst the impressive MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range makes it a sight for sore eyes.
7. Newgrange, County Meath
Older than the Great Pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge, Newgrange is perhaps one of Ireland’s most awe-inspiring ancient wonders.
At 5,200 years old, this passage tomb is without a doubt a must on our ultimate end of summer Irish bucket list.
8. Carrick-a-Rede, County Antrim
Carrick-a-Rede is yet another one of the top experiences to be had on the Emerald Isle before summer is out.
At 66-feet in length, this rope bridge connects the mainland to Carrick-a-rede island. Swinging 98 feet above the crashing Atlantic waters below, this thrilling experience is “Dear Diary” worthy, no doubt.
9. Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim
This is arguably one of Ireland’s most famous natural attractions, and it is clear to see why.
Consisting of around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that slide from land into the sea, this unforgettable sight is sure to take your breath away.
10. Glendalough, County Wicklow
Postcard-worthy moments are found en masse at Glendalough. Located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park, beauty thrives in abundance.
Whether it’s the impressive 6th-century Medieval city remains, the unspoiled scenery or hiking trails to conquer, there’s much to make this one of the ultimate end of summer Irish bucket list entries.
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