If you’re looking for one of the friendliest, greenest, and naturally beautiful countries on earth, then look no further than the Island of Ireland. There must be something about the rolling green hills, castles, cities, Guinness storehouse and rugged coastline as it draws millions of visitors to book a trip to this lively country every year. Hutchgo.com has prepared a few hot spots on the Island to help you out! Be sure to make your booking with our hot specials!
Top 1 The Book of Kells and Trinity College
Trinity College is the sole constituent college of the University of Dublin, and the oldest university in the Republic of Ireland. The college was modeled after the collegiate universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and as famous as these two colleges.
The Book of Kells located within Trinity College’s Treasury, the tour here includes a visit to the Long Room library, one of Europe’s most magnificent libraries housing over 200,000 of Trinity’s oldest books, as well as the Book of Kells, a 9th century manuscript that documents the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ.
Afterwards, wander around the charming campus of Trinity, which dates back to 1592, and The Front Square and Campanile are a delight, while the college also houses the modern Science Gallery, and the Douglas Hyde Gallery, with changing contemporary art exhibitions.
Top 2 Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin
Built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint between 1220 and 1260 Saint Patrick’s Cathedral offers visitors a rich and compelling cultural experience and is one of the few buildings left from medieval Dublin. It is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland and is the largest Cathedral in the country.
Top 3 Guinness Storehouse
The most popular visit in town is this multimedia homage to Guinness in a converted grain storehouse that is part of the 26-hectare brewery. Across its seven floors you'll discover everything about Guinness and stout, before getting to taste the brew in the top-floor Gravity Bar, with panoramic views of Dublin city.
Top 4 Howth Cliff Walk
For spectacular views, Howth Peninsual is just half hour away from Dublin City and should be at the top of Howth Cliff on your list! This moderately easy walk can be attempted by anyone of average fitness, provided sturdy and non-slipping footwear is brought into action. The path is easily identifiable, and you'll get splendid views of Dublin Bay, the Wicklow Mountains, Dublin herself, and the venerable Baily Lighthouse on its promontory.
Top 5 Phoenix Park
Cherished and adored, the Phoenix Park is the largest urban park in Europe and contains a number of stately homes, including the official residency of the President of Ireland, and the US Ambassador. The park includes large areas of grassland and tree-lined avenues, and since the 17th century has been home to a herd of wild fallow deer. May make like a local by spending an afternoon cycling through the Parkwith a large herd of fallow deer for company.
Top 1 Giant's Causeway
As Lonely Planet puts it, the Causeway "looks for all the world like the handiwork of giants". While experts think that this geological wonder was formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago, the Irish myth that it was built by warring giants has persisted for hundreds of years. Whether you side with science or prefer a good story, one thing is sure: this is a place of mind-boggling beauty that you should not miss. Be warned, this magical landscape is a hugely popular attraction so expect large crowds and a wait in Summer. Our tip? Head to the Giant’s Causeway in time to watch the sunset – it's absolutely breathtaking.
Top 2 Titanic Belfast
Belfast city is bustling, the Northern Ireland’s capital – its iconic attractions and Victorian charm make it the perfect spot to begin your adventure in Northern Ireland. Start at Titanic Belfast, opened in the year of 100th anniversary of the tragic maiden voyage, an interactive museum that’s an ode to the ill-fated Ship of Dreams. Hear heartbreaking tales about the vessel's passengers, discover the detail behind the mammoth task of building the ill-fated ship and dive into the depths with an immersive video exploring the wreckage on the ocean floor.
Top 3 Dunluce Castle
Dunluce Castle is possibly one of the most dramatic places on earth. The ruins of a 14th century castle are perched 30 meters above the wild ocean. Over the years, Dunluce has been the site of tales of wailing banshees, smugglers and tragic lovers. In the 17th century, part of the castle simply crumbled into the sea during a monumental storm. Nowadays, Dunluce remains only in ruins, but it’s still utterly stunning.
Fanad Head, County Donegal
Great Lighthouse Trail offers visitor the opportunity to visit 12 historical lighthouses in the Island for the way to learn about the relationship between human and lighthouse.
Located in the most northerly point of County Donegal, Fanad Head is a wildly exposed headland because of the beautiful Fanad Peninsula, known for the iconic Fanad Head Lighthouse, as well as stunning scenery and incredible beaches. Watch out for grey seals bobbing in the sea, pretty coves and powerful waves crashing across the rocks, maybe even a breaching whale in the distance.
The Cliffs of Moher , County Clare
No Ireland bucket-list is complete without a trip to the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, west of Ireland. Part of a UNESCO Global Geopark and Special Protection Area, these iconic rock stars soar to heights of 214 meters (702 feet) at their highest and are home to over 20 Species of seabirds. Signposted routes and nature trails make walking here a pleasure, as do the panoramic seascapes of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, Twelve Bens mountains and the Dingle Peninsula.
Mullaghmore Head, County Sligo
Land and sea come together to create something truly special at Mullaghmore Head. Facing to Atlanic Ocean, this is the home of big wave surfing in Ireland, and surfers come from all over the world to test their skills against epic waves. But there's more to Mullaghmore. There are boat trips to the 6th century monastic ruins on Inishmurray, an uninhabited island and wildlife sanctuary for both breeding and wintering birds ; Classiebawn Castle dominating the surrounding landscape with its Gothic splendour; and nearby Ben Bulben, the flat-topped mountain famed in Irish mythology and the poetry of WB Yeats, the Nobel Prize in Literature.