10 of Ireland's top experiences

Cliffs of Moher

Think you know Ireland? Here’s a "must-do" list from those who have been there, done that, and bought the T-shirt

Titanic Experience, Belfast
Titanic Experience, Belfast

1. Visiting Titanic Belfast

“The building struck me first, with its glimmering sail-like shapes. Inside was no different: Titanic Belfast is a world-class exhibition right at the heart of the ship’s story. From clanking shipyard rides to an underwater journey to the Atlantic wreckage site, it turns emotions upside-down.”

2. Cruit Island, County Donegal

“Out of all my memories of this rugged part of the world, a cycle to Cruit Island on the Wild Atlantic Way remains the sharpest. I never imagined there could be somewhere so beautiful. Gorgeous beaches, wild horses on the shore, and a tiny population. Paradise.”

Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary
Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary

3. The Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary

“I first visited the Rock of Cashel as a child and spent the day escaping Mum by darting in and out of nooks and crannies – giving the Viking sarcophagus a wide berth. Even now I’m older, it still holds a certain fascination. Fields, ancient history and a High King’s HQ: what’s not to love?” 

 4. The Butter Museum, County Cork 

“A cask of 1,000 year old butter – how could I resist? I went to the Butter Museum in Cork just to catch sight of this oddity but as soon as the buttermaking demonstration kicked off, I was hooked! Such an unexpected treat. I’m not sure if the best part was getting to try my hand at churning butter or sampling the real thing at the end!”

Cliffs of Moher, County Clare
Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

5. The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare 

“It was a particularly blustery day and I could hear the wind gushing in my ears as I stared down at the main attraction: the crumbling edges of the Cliffs of Moher, the huge drop to the Atlantic waves churning underneath – and the serious adrenaline rush when I took it all in.” 

 6. Exploring Dingle, County Kerry 

“To me, Dingle is perfect. Where else can you take a boat to meet a celebrity dolphin (Fungi), have a pint in a pub-come-grocery store (Foxy John’s), and treat yourself to an ice cream of toasted Irish oats (Murphy’s)?”

Old Bushmills Distillery, County Antrim
Old Bushmills Distillery, County Antrim

7. Old Bushmills Distillery, County Antrim 

“Not being a whiskey drinker, I’d never visited a distillery before but the Old Bushmills Distillery was fascinating. The traditions, the details, all the little things that make the final product distinct from every other whiskey – I loved it! And the tasting at the end of the tour was a great way to finish!”

8. Game of Thrones Territory, Northern Ireland  

“I’m addicted to HBO’s Game of Thrones® and as soon as I discovered that it was filmed in Northern Ireland, I couldn’t wait to visit. Wandering through those dramatic landscapes made me feel like I was strolling around Westeros. I even took an archery lesson in Castle Ward Estate (House Stark), where Jon Snow and Robb gave Bran archery tips. It’s probably the closest I’ll ever come to being a GoT star, shooting – and losing – arrows.”

Dun Laoghaire
Dun Laoghaire

 9. Dublin Coastline 

“I love getting the DART train from Dublin to Dun Laoghaire: you can see right across Dublin Bay to the headland out at Howth. After a walk along the East Pier, a legendary Teddy’s 99 ice cream is pretty much compulsory as a reward.”

 10. Hook Lighthouse, County Wexford 

“Standing at the top of Hook Lighthouse was an amazing feeling. The views were just incredible – the rocky coastline on one side and a patchwork of green fields on the other. Our guide told us that this is the oldest working lighthouse in the world. And as I climbed up the 115 narrow winding stairs to the balcony, I felt like I was literally touching history.”

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