Whether you’re looking for a hearty dose of culture or want to be wowed by a natural wonder, Ireland is blanketed with sights to see and things to do – particularly for those who prefer laid-back adventure. If this sounds up your street, read on: these are must-see Irish attractions for the easygoing explorer.
Ireland attracts throngs of tourists each year who come in search of Celtic mysticism, ancient heritage, dramatic scenery and our world-renowned hospitality.
From awe-inspiring waterfalls and impressive castles to craftsmanship at its best, these are ten must-see Irish attractions for the easygoing explorer.
1. Guinness Storehouse, County Dublin
Guinness is perhaps one of Ireland’s biggest claims to fame, and with that in mind, it would be rude not to visit the Guinness Storehouse when in Dublin.
This is one of our must-see Irish attractions for the easygoing explorer as it is self-guided with tonnes of interactive exhibits and dining experiences along the route.
2. Glendalough, County Wicklow
Hidden in Wicklow Mountains National Park is Glendalough – the site of a 6th-century monastery and the ruins of an ancient Medieval city.
Surrounded by valleys and lakes, woodlands and trails, a day spent in Glendalough won’t soon be forgotten.
3. House of Waterford Crystal, County Waterford
Whether you’re a fan of glassblowing or are simply keen to marvel at the wonder of its craftsmanship, House of Waterford Crystal in County Waterford is a must for the easygoing explorer in Ireland.
This attraction boasts both a self-guided tour and a retail space, so you can first fall in love with Irish crystal and then find some unique pieces to purchase before leaving.
4. Old Bushmills Distillery, County Antrim
If you’re intending on exploring Northern Ireland on your adventures around the Emerald Isle, don’t forget to check out the Old Bushmills Distillery in Antrim.
This is not only the world’s oldest operating distillery but its location – being neighbour to the Giant’s Causeway and set along the Wild Atlantic Way – is second to none.
5. The Blarney Stone, County Cork
The Blarney Stone is perhaps one of Ireland’s best-known attractions. It is said in ancient folklore that those who pucker up to the magic stone will be given the gift of the gab (aka eloquence).
The process itself may be a tad taxing, but don’t fret. Blarney Castle, where the stone is located, is well worth a visit and is ripe with mature gardens and stunning surroundings which boast impressive history.
6. Muckross House, County Kerry
For those who seek to be immersed in Ireland’s heritage, head to Killarney National Park. Here, you will find many majestic sights, including the stunning Muckross House.
If time allows, stop by Muckross Abbey and Ladies View, both of which will offer photo-worthy moments without a doubt.
7. Titanic Belfast, Belfast City
When exploring the vibrant city of Belfast, one of our must-see Irish attractions for the easygoing explorer has to be Titanic Belfast.
This is perhaps one of, if not the most, epic museum experiences in all of Ireland. Documenting the history of the ill-fated ocean liner that was constructed in Belfast Harbour, this will be one for the diary, without a doubt.
8. Newgrange, County Meath
Older than both the Great Pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge, Newgrange is most certainly one of our must-see Irish attractions for the easygoing explorer.
The ancient burial site is perfectly preserved and offers a fantastic insight into Celtic Ireland.
9. Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary
The Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary is a must-see sight in Ireland. Standing out against the countryside skyline, this site is quite the stunner if you catch it at sunset.
With easy to roam grounds and tonnes of history to soak up, this is one of our top stops on a tour around Ireland.
10. Cliffs of Moher, County Clare
No trip of must-see Irish attractions for the easygoing explorer would be complete without giving a shout-out to the epic Cliffs of Moher.
Spanning 14 kilometres along the west coast of Ireland, this attraction is highly accessible and offers great retail and dining experiences, as well as a highly interactive museum.