From ancient burial grounds to some of Ireland’s most majestic tourist sights, these are the best Irish attractions to discover in 2022.
New years call for big dreams and goals; and, in our books, there is no better time than the holiday break to start planning and scheming for all the adventures that await in 2022.
Spanning the length and breadth of the country, we’ve considered our top picks for the new year ahead. Ready to start that bucket list? These are the best Irish attractions to discover in 2022.
10. Newgrange, County Meath
To kick off our new year round up, we have Newgrange. Located in Donore, County Meath, this ancient Celtic burial site is not only the most impressive in Ireland, but one of the most magnificent found the world over.
Newgrange is part of Brú na Bóinne, or the Boyne valley tombs. As the most impressive, it dates back to the Neolithic period, around 3200 BC. It’s older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and has been preserved in stunning condition for all to see.
9. Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, County Antrim
For those who like to take a walk on the wild side, this is one for you. Located in Northern Ireland, along the coast of County Antrim is Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.
Swinging above perilous waters that crash against the cliffs below, a walk across this unique rope bridge is certainly not for the faint of heart. The bridge stretches 20 metres from side to side and stands at 30 metres above the Atlantic Ocean.
8. Guinness Storehouse, County Dublin
Another one of our best Irish attractions to discover in 2022 is the Guinness Storehouse at St. James’s Gate in County Dublin. This iconic landmark has evolved into one of the Emerald Isle’s most exciting interactive visitor exhibitions.
So, whether you’re keen to learn more about ‘the black stuff’, crave a bird’s eye view over the capital or want to learn how to pour the perfect pint, this may make for the perfect attraction for you.
7. The Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim
No trip around Ireland would be complete without a visit to the world-renowned natural wonder: the Giant’s Causeway. This landmass has been much-loved by locals and visitors for generations due to the unique rock formations that drift from land to sea.
According to Irish legend, this is the work of Finn McCool (or Fionn Mac Cumhaill as he is also known), and trust us: it’s a sight for sore eyes!
6. Dingle, County Kerry
At Irish Experience Tours, one of our favourite places to bring travellers is to the quaint fishing village of Dingle in County Kerry. Arguably one of the most authentic places across the Emerald Isle, this town has stolen the hearts of many travellers and locals.
With that in mind, it is today a busy destination during the summer months. Catch it on a quiet weekend in spring or autumn though and you’ll see its true beauty really shine. Think live music, traditional pubs and the freshest catch of the day.
5. Kinsale, County Cork
Kinsale is another town that continues to woo guests on their first meet. Painted shopfronts and higgledy-piggledy streets that are lined with gourmet food shops, local crafts and artisan producers make this one of the most engaging destinations on a trip around Ireland – particularly for foodies!
This town is, in fact, known to be one of Ireland’s biggest food destinations, with annual fairs and Michelin-starred restaurants to dine at.
4. The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare
The Cliffs of Moher are undeniably one of Ireland’s biggest claims to fame – along with our rolling green pastures, trad music, pints of Guinness, and warm hospitality, of course.
Stretching along the west coast of Ireland, these impressive cliffs are bound to take your breath away. Opt for off-peak seasons to truly get away from the crowds and get that wow factor.
3. Glendalough, County Wicklow
Wicklow Mountains National Park is home to some of the most dynamic displays of wild beauty in Ireland. Glendalough has to be one of its most amazing.
The 6th-century Medieval village still stands today and offers unique insight into Ireland’s Celtic past. Not to mention it is surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery you’re likely to come across during your Irish adventures.
2. Skellig Michael, County Kerry
Another one of our best Irish attractions to discover in 2022 has got to be Skellig Michael in County Kerry. While Star Wars fans will naturally rejoice (it being one of its filming locations and all), this rock mass in the Atlantic Ocean is bound to blow your socks off regardless.
Located 12 km off the coast of Kerry, the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Christian monastery still stand there today, and it can even be explored by adventurous travellers looking to walk in the footsteps of great Celtic history!
1. Killarney National Park, County Kerry
No list of the best Irish attractions to discover in 2022 would be complete without including the one and only Killarney National Park. Located along the Ring of Kerry, this national park is one of Ireland’s most majestic attractions.
Blooming with stunning natural sights and exciting things to do, Killarney National Park is more so a destination as opposed to an attraction. Kayak in placid lakes, hike to waterfalls and enjoy views and vistas over the rolling landscape. We promise you, this will be an experience to remember!