Wicklow is known as the ‘Garden of Ireland’, and one look at the place will tell you why. Nothing but lush green fields, wooded hills, and delightful small villages make up this county. To boot, it also boasts the magnificent glacial valley and monastic settlement of Glendalough, the stunning Wicklow Mountains that just beg to be hiked through, and the charming woodland village of Avoca, whos small shop of handicrafts now has branches all over Ireland.
Home to one of Ireland’s finest exports, Waterford Crystal, this county is a sunny seaside retreat popular with families. The calm coastline is bordered with powdery golden beaches, with plenty of quaint villages along the coast to stop off in such as Dunmore East and Tramore. A visit to Waterford city with its medieval streets, castle, and of course, the Waterford Crystal factory, is a must.
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Laois is the quintessential midlands county of Ireland, filled with sleepy towns, rolling hills dotted with cows and castles, and perfectly manicured farms everywhere you look. Just some of the must-sees this county has to offer include the Slieve Bloom Mountains (with more than a few ancient burial sites scattered around), the stately 18th century Palladian mansion of Castle Durrow, and the beautifully kept neo-classical house and gardens of Emo Court.
Galway is the wild west of Ireland at its best. Rugged coastlines, dramatic hills and valleys, isolated islands, emerald fields and towns filled with traditional music, dancing, and language. Galway city is a tangle of cobbled streets, cosy pubs and mouth watering restaurants, the magnificent Connemara landscape is just a short drive away and the traditional Gaelic community of the Aran Islands are reachable with a quick boat trip too, although they both seem a world away.
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Donegal is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt, isolated parts of the whole island. If you want to get away from it all and experience this country at its best, Donegal is where to go. Surfing fans will adore the beach town of Bundoran, while outdoor adventurers will find everything they need at the breathtaking Glenveagh National Park and indoorsy types will find plenty of cosy pubs in Letterkenny and Donegal Town.
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What doesn’t Antrim have to offer? This northern county is home to the vibrant Belfast city, the unforgettable hexagonal landscape of the Giant’s Causeway, the delectable Bushmills whiskey distillery, and so much more. Road trip along the Northern coastline to take in the quaint seaside towns, rocky inlets, sweeping beaches, and crumbling castles, then come back to the ‘big smoke’ of Ulster (that’s Belfast by the way) for culture, culinary delights, and plenty of craic.
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It’s impossible not to fall in love with Dublin’s stately Georgian houses, gregarious locals, laid back lifestyle and yes, even the rainy weather! This incredible city has a lifetime’s worth of attractions, so don’t be surprised if you want to come back as soon as you leave. Just some of the must-do’s include pouring a pint of the ‘black stuff’ at the Guinness Storehouse, viewing the Book of Kells, and people watching on Grafton Street from Bewley’s Cafe.
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