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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Mayo is often first on the list of anyone travelling to the west of Ireland, and for good reason. This large coastal county is where you’ll find the brooding Croagh Patrick, which pilgrims climb to honour Ireland’s patron saint every year; the village of Cong, where The Quiet Man was filmed and where an exquisite medieval abbey stands; and of course the vibrant town of Westport, situated along the picturesque Clew Bay.
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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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County Derry is one of the most up and coming places in all of Ireland, not least because of it’s crowning glory, the city of Derry itself. Walk along the medieval walls of the city (one of the best examples of its kind in all of Europe), get a feel for the troubled past with a wander through the Bogside area, and investigate the impressive architecture of the Guildhall and the city’s two cathedrals.
County Tyrone is isolated, rural, and hauntingly beautiful. It doesn’t get the same number of visitors as other counties in Ireland, so if you want some peace and quiet, this is where you should head. The Sperrin Mountains offer great chances for trekking and wildlife spotting, Springhill House is a must for any lovers of the finer things in life, and the Wellbrook Beelting Mill is the last working mill in Northern Ireland.
Just a short drive north of Dublin is the small but perfectly formed county Louth, known to most for Carlingford Lough, a lake and buzzing town that visitors flock to for adventure activities like zorbing, canoeing and watersports. Elsewhere in the county is the picturesque fishing village of Clogherhead, and the busy medieval town of Drogheda, founded in 1192 by Vikings and with some of its earliest structures still intact today.