Ireland is full of historical significance and rich tradition, and it is a top destination spot for travelers around the world in large part because of these two factors. Visitors to the area can experience buildings and structures dating to ancient times, and the surrounding natural landscape of Ireland provides beautiful vistas, no matter the time of year.
These are five of Ireland’s most notable locations, well worth a stop on any visitor’s tour.
1.Boyne Valley, County Meath
This area of Ireland is one of the oldest and richest historical sites in the country. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, people of all ages will appreciate seeing ancient artifacts and landscapes.
One of the top sites for a visit to Boyne is the massive ancient tombs of Newgrange, Dowth, and Knowth. Built around 5,000 years ago, these structures are older than both Stonehenge and the great Pyramids of Giza.
Newgrange is the most-well known spot to visit, and travelers have ample opportunities to participate in rituals and ceremonies related to the site’s history. While winter isn’t always considered the best time to visit Ireland, those looking for a truly unique experience will want to visit Newgrange on December 21st, the Winter Solstice. The tomb there was designed to light up every year on this day using the angles of the sun and the tomb itself, making it an entirely different experience than visiting any other day of the year.
- The Cliffs of Moher
For those who want to take in the true natural beauty of Ireland, the west coast’s Cliffs of Moher are perhaps the most exquisite examples of the natural environment; there are about 5 miles of cliffs that rise to heights over 700 feet. Visitors can take in views of surrounding areas from atop the cliffs, or can opt to see them from below via a boat ride on the water.
- Guinness Storehouse
While this may not be one of Ireland’s oldest sites, it still holds considerable importance for both locals and travelers. The home of Ireland’s famous Guinness since the 1700s, the Storehouse gives travelers information about Guinness’s importance in the country, as well as a pint after the tour.
The building itself is worth experiencing, as the inside is based around a massive pint glass-shape, and from the top floor bar visitors can get an unparalleled view of the city of Dublin.
- The Burren
The Burren is unlike pretty much anything else in Ireland, or the world for that matter. It is a bizarre formation of limestone rocks made over years of erosion and weather, but the area also has the most concentrated variety of plant species than anywhere else in the country. Nature lovers enjoy being able to experience plants from a range of climates (both Mediterranean and Alpine species thrive here) while taking in the impressive structures.
- Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry is another historically important site, with examples of artefacts ranging from the Neolithic period through the Medieval era. Visitors can also take in the surrounding natural landscape, as well as a number of modern conveniences such as golf courses, cultural activities, and outdoor adventures.