Ireland is a fertile green land of myths, legends and history. A lively and vibrant island, home to an ancient people with landscapes ranging from medieval castles to prehistoric landmarks. Here are some of the most beautiful places on the Emerald Isle that you want to call home:
Glengariff, County Cork
A hotspot for tourists, Glengariff offers some stunning scenery and views. The city itself is embraced by rugged mountains and if you get to Lady Bantry’s Lookout, you will be rewarded with the most incredible views. This is a lively location with many galleries, shops and places to eat.
Valentia, County Kerry
Valentia Island can be found in the southwest of the country on the Iveragh Peninsula. There is a bridge that connects the island to the mainland as well as a car ferry. Everything is a little prehistoric here because this was where the fossil footprints were discovered in 1993. The fossils are 385 million years old! At Valentia, you will also find Glanleam House and its stunning sub-tropical garden.
Carlingford, County Louth
This charming town is proud of its Viking heritage and there are many remnants of the medieval period to be seen here, for example the city gate, which is the only medieval gate left in the entire country. The surrounding countryside offers beautiful views and Carlingford is also known for its seafood. Enjoy today’s freshly caught oysters and crabs at the harbour restaurant.
Westport, County Mayo
A visit to Westport will show you one of several cities that were actually planned. This centre was designed in 1780 by a famous architect in the Georgian style. The design combines the river beautifully and you will find tree lined streets and a thoroughly attractive layout. There is a charming bridge over the river, and you will find the famous mountain ‘The Reek’ nearby. Come and see for yourself with Irish Airports at https://irelandwestairport.com/
Dalkey, County Dublin
This is one of the more affluent places to stay and holds an annual Book Festival to celebrate the creative writers in the area. It is located on the beachfront and also enjoys delicious seafood. Many famous people own a house here including Maeve Binchy, Van Morrison and the U2 vocalist Bono still own property here.
Enniskerry, County Wicklow
The biggest attraction here is the Powerscourt Estate with a 47 acre park. The house and garden were restored during the 1990s to restore their previous beauty. Powerscourt Falls is also located on a plantation as high as 121 meters, which is the highest in Ireland.
Lismore, County Waterford
Located right at the bottom of the incredible Knockmealdown Mountains, Lismore offers an 800-year-old castle as part of its charm. This medieval castle glares at the city from a steep hill, but if you want to hike you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Blackwater Valley. Some very important artifacts come from Lismore Castle that can now be seen at the National Museum of Ireland.
Killarney, County Kerry
This is one of the most popular visitor destinations in Ireland. There is a National Park here, incredible shopping outlets and many festivals and events every year. In the past, the city was also voted the best kept and cleanest in Ireland!