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20 der schönsten Orte in Irland

Traditional and oh so scenic, Ireland is also known as Emerald Isle due to the lush green fields that cover the countryside. Here you are guaranteed of stunning surroundings, a warm welcome, and a perfect pint of the black stuff. Dublin is a very popular city to visit, but to make the most of the unique and gorgeous landscapes Ireland has to offer you’ll have to explore a little further afield. Originally from England, I’ve lived here now for many years now and fallen completely head over heels for the place. Aside from its lively capital, here are my favourite 20 of the most beautiful places to visit in Ireland (in no particular order)…

Kerry, Munster – one of the most beautiful and scenic counties to visit in Ireland

Kerry, Munster in Ireland - stunning places to visit in Ireland

Beautiful ireland scenery - Kerry Munster

A gorgeous beach in Kerry County Ireland

Diese unberührte Region ist wohl das ultimative irische Reiseziel und ein Muss in Irland. Sie ist einer der schönsten und beeindruckendsten Orte der Welt. Die Grafschaft Kerry befindet sich in der Provinz Munster auf der südwestlichen Halbinsel Irlands und ist bekannt für ihre Traditionen Gälisch speakers and also its magnificent terrain.

Journeying past rugged coastline and towering mountains, the Ring of Kerry is a popular scenic driving route skirting the edges of the Iveragh Peninsula filled with folklore and dramatic scenery and is best explored independently by car. At 110 miles, it’s a long journey but it provides an excellent opportunity to take in the beautiful views from the coastal road. It’s also a great area for outdoor activities especially cycling, golf, walking and water sports.

The main town in this area is Tralee, but the most significant is Killarney. The Lakes of Killarney are an area of outstanding natural beauty and can be found in the mountainous Killarney-Nationalpark.

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Things To Do in Kerry, Munster

  • Mieten Sie ein Auto und besichtigen Sie das Unglaubliche Ring von Kerry – eines der schönsten Naturgebiete Europas. Der “Ring” führt Sie um die Iveragh-Halbinsel herum, vorbei an wunderschönen Aussichten auf den Atlantik, niedlichen traditionellen Städten und schönen Stränden.
  • Bei Essen Croí Restaurant – ein fabelhaftes, gemütliches Restaurant in Kerry, das stolz darauf ist, lokale Zutaten von lokalen Lieferanten zu verwenden.
  • Visit O’Conners for live Irish music and to experience a great traditional Irish pub.
  • Geh auf ein 3-Hour Eco Cruise and Star Wars Tour around the Skellig Islands where you’ll see ancient history, where an episode of Star Wars was filmed and also the chance to see whales, dolphins, basking sharks and over 22,000 Gannets.
  • Drive down Dingle Way to see stunning coastal views and their cute – and friendly – ansässiger Delfin.
  • Visit Schloss Ross a 15th-century lakeside castle.
  • Visit Banna Strandfor a beautiful beach backed by lovely sand dunes.
  • Mach das Slea Head Drive, one of the most scenic drives in Europe. It’s a circular route, forming part of the Wild Atlantic Way, beginning and ending in Dingle.

Ein Video des wunderschönen Ring of Kerry mit einer 4k-Drohne…

Meine Top-Auswahl an Hotels in Kerry, Irland – The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens

A beautiful place to stay in the Ring of Kerry

  • Beaufort, Lücke von Dunloe, Kerry Killarney, Irland
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Cork, Munster – a small but fun Irish city that packs a big punch in arts, food and enjoying the craic!

Stadt Cork in Münster, Irland

Cork - beautiful cities to visit in Ireland

Cork is the southernmost and largest county and like its rival, Kerry is also in Munster. The area is known as “The Rebel County” after the role Cork played in the Irish War of Independence. Cork itself is Ireland’s second-largest city but has the feel of a small friendly town.

Es ist einer der besten Orte in Irland, um Craic (traditioneller irischer Spaß) zu genießen, und hat auch eine Menge zu bieten, wenn es um Kunst, Geschichte und Kultur geht, und ist ein fantastischer Ort, um ein paar Tage zu verbringen. Es wird auch als gastronomisches Paradies bekannt, also vergessen Sie nicht, ein paar Restaurants auszuprobieren, während Sie hier sind.

Ilnacullin (Garinish Island) is also a very popular tourist attraction in Ireland that is known for its natural beauty and scenery. Here you will find wonderful tropical plants, beautiful Italian gardens, and the distinctive Martello Tower.

Unternehmungen in Cork

  • Kiss the world-famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Schloss.
  • Bei Essen Greenes Restaurant – an upscale global cuisine served in a stylish, converted 18th-century warehouse with high ceilings.
  • Treten Sie in der Zeit zurück um Cork City Gaol Museum.
  • Wandern St Patrick’s Street– the city’s main shopping street which has twice won the award as Ireland’s best shopping street.
  • Gehen Sie auf ein Pint Guinness im Hammel Lane Inn – a great cosy and traditional pub and one of the oldest in Cork.
  • Erleben Sie Live-Musik Counihans Bar every Sunday night at 9:30pm. Here, the band Arundó, an original four-piece group based in North Cork, play an exciting mixture of traditional and contemporary Irish music.

My Top Picks Hotel in Cork – Oriel House Hotel

A great place to stay in Cork, Ireland

  • Ballincollig, Cork, Ireland
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The Dark Hedges, Co. Antrim – ein berühmter Game of Thrones-Schauplatz, der zu Irlands beliebtesten Attraktionen geworden ist

The Dark Hedges, ein Drehort von Game of Thrones in Irland

Bäume sind nicht immer eine Attraktion, aber in Irland ist eine Gruppe von Bäumen nicht nur eine Top-Touristenattraktion, sondern wurde auch in Game of Thrones gezeigt. The Dark Hedges ist ein Gebiet in Nordirland, das durch die Szene in Game of Thrones berühmt geworden ist, in der Arya sich als Junge verkleidet hat, um King’s Landing zu entkommen, was letztendlich ihr Leben rettet und dazu führt, dass ihr Nachtkönig ihr Schicksal tötet.

This striking and enchanting row of beech trees has become among Ireland’s best photo opportunities!

My Top Picks Hotel near Dark Hedge – The Bushmills Inn Hotel

The best hotel near the Dark Hedges, Ireland

  • 9 Dunluce Road, Bushmills, BT57 8QG, Northern Ireland
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Galway – a scenic city which is one of the best places to visit in Ireland with old-fashioned pubs, canals and excellent restaurants

Galway - the best places to visit in Ireland

A Galway Street - great places to visit in Ireland

Galway Countryside - die schönsten Orte Irlands

Galway is a medieval town on the west coast of Ireland which sits on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay. It’s easily one of the most beautiful places to visit in Ireland and has enjoyed quite a bit of fame recently thanks to that Ed Sheeran song!

Once voted one of the world’s sexiest cities, Galway is known for its ancient architecture and also for its vibrant art and cultural scene and certainly packs a punch! Make sure you spend at least a couple of days here soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the craic. One of the best ways to explore the area is by boat.

Versuchen Sie die ‘Corrib Princess’ die von Woodquay zu einer entspannenden 90-minütigen Kreuzfahrt mit einem zusätzlichen Kommentar abfährt. Etwas außerhalb der Stadt Galway befindet sich der Connemara-Nationalpark, in dem Sie malerische Berge, weite Moore, Heiden, Wälder und Connemara-Ponys finden.

Things To Do in Galway

  • Mehr Erfahren Quay Street – a great street with a lively atmosphere, street performers and excellent pubs and shops.
  • Sample the best of the Galway Bio-Lebensmittel scene at Café Kai
  • Discover Galway’sQuartier Latin – einer der schönsten Teile von Galway City. Heimat von gepflasterten Straßen, großartigen Restaurants, fabelhaften Boutiquen und sehr reich an Kultur.
  • Catch live Irish music at the cosy traditional Tig Coili pub.
  • Gehen Sie auf die fantastische Micil Distillery Experience.
  • Start the day with genuine Irish hospitality and a late breakfast at the Cupán Tae tea rooms in der Quay Lane.
  • See the historic Medieval City Walls.

My Top Picks Hotel for Galway – The g Hotel

A cool hotel to stay in Galway

  • Old Dublin Road, Galway, Ireland
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Giants Causeway, County Antrim – Northern Ireland’s first UNESCO Heritage Site, a geological wonder and home to myth and legend

Giants Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Der Giant

If you visit County Antrim in Northern Ireland you cannot miss Giants Causeway – 40,000 natural basalt columns formed by an ancient volcanic eruption. One of the best and most popular places to visit in Ireland, the site was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and also a National Nature Reserve. An area surrounded by mythical tales, the most enduring is the legend of Finn McCool. The Irish giant Finn is said to have created the Causeway after an argument with the Scottish giant Fingal. Other attractions in the area include a steam train that takes a journey to the Old Bushmills Distillery where you can sample some traditional Irish whiskey.

My Top Picks Hotel near Giant’s Causeway – Bushmills Inn Hotel and Restaurant

A great place to stay near Giant

  • 9 Dunluce Road, Bushmills, BT57 8QG, Northern Ireland
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Kilkenny, Leinster – a charming medieval town and a fabulous place to visit in Ireland with well-preserved churches and monasteries

Kilkenny, Leinster, Irland – einer der besten Orte für einen Besuch in Irland

Kilkenny - stunning places to explore in ireland

Kilkenny ist eine beliebte Touristenstadt und einer der besten Orte für einen Besuch in Irland. In seinen zahlreichen Pubs fanden im Laufe der Jahre viele Junggesellen- und Junggesellinnenabschiede statt. Wenn Sie ein oder zwei Pints ​​mögen, versuchen Sie es mit einer Tour durch die Brauerei von Smithwick – es ist ein interessanter Besuch in einer Stadt, die für ihre Bierproduktion berühmt ist. Im Zentrum von Kilkenny finden Sie die große Steinburg, die seit über 800 Jahren ein Mittelpunkt der Stadt ist.

The city is also regarded for its vibrant cultural scene and the annual summer Arts Festival consisting of theatre, dance, literature, music, and visual arts shouldn’t be missed.

Unternehmungen in Kilkenny

  • Besuchen Sie das historische Kilkenny castle in 1195 gebaut.
  • Buche jetzt Mittelalterliche Meile a trail that links Kilkenny Castle to St. Canice’s Cathedral. The journey is filled with shops, pubs, restaurants, picturesque alleyways and a whole lot of history!
  • Essen Sie im mehrfachen Gewinner des National ‘Pub of the Year’ Langton’s The 67 bar is a buzzing environment where you can enjoy authentic traditional Irish food in relaxed and stylish surroundings!
  • Head to Kyteller’s Inn for traditional music and cosy pub surroundings.
  • Kilkenny ist eine malerische Stadt, die man am besten zu Fuß erkundet Canal Walk, einer der schönsten Spaziergänge, die Sie machen können.

Meine Top-Auswahl an Hotels für Kilkenny – Lyrath Estate

A cool place to stay in Kilkenny Ireland

  • Dublin Road, Kilkenny, Irland
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Ballintoy Harbour, County Antrim (aka the Iron Islands in Game of Thrones) and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge – two incredible places to explore in Ireland

Ballintoy Harbour, Nordirland – ein Drehort von Game of Thrones in Irland

The Rope bridge Northern Ireland - popular places to visit in Ireland

Later episodes of Game of Thrones show a lot of the Iron Islands which is an interesting looking place, albeit, a little dark. Fans of the show track to Ballintoy Harbour to see the famed filming location, but this is not the only attraction Ballintoy Harbour has to offer. Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is an exciting and a little hair-raising attraction for tourists, especially if it’s windy! Definitely a great place to visit in Ireland!

If you happen to visit this area during Easter, you can enjoy one of the dawn services located on the coast. You will likely be in very small company as the village boasts less than 300 residents, but since the filming of Game of Thrones has wrapped, Ballintoy Harbour has certainly seen an influx of new life into the area.

Dunluce Castle, Ulster – used as the House of Greyjoy in Game of Thrones and a popular place to visit in Ireland

Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland - beautiful placs to explore in Ireland

The Iron Islands may have been filmed in Ballintoy Harbour, but that coast is devoid of an actual castle. One of the best places to go in Ireland for GoT fans, the shots of House of Greyjoy located in the Iron Islands on Game of Thrones was Dunluce Castle.

The 17th-century castle depicts the outside of House of Greyjoy for Game of Thrones enthusiasts. History shows that Christians, as well as Vikings, have made their mark on Dunluce Castle as it was originally the site of an earlier Irish Fort. Today, visitors to Dunluce Castle must traverse its connecting bridge to gain access as it is the only thing connecting the small island to the mainland.

Murlough Bay, County Antrim – another scenic Game of Thrones filming location

Murlough Bay, Nordirland - Drehort von Game of Thrones

This area of Ireland can be difficult to get to but it offers some truly stunning Irish countryside. The road leading to this small seemingly cut off piece of the country is difficult terrain. However, travelers still manage to make it to this small bay for some of the best views of the Ireland coastline and photo ops at some of the Game of Thrones filming sites. Murlough Bay, located on the Causeway Coast is known for the site where Theon and Yara ride away on horseback the Sir Davos’s post-battle of Blackwater Bay shipwreck.

The above cliffs were used for the parlay between Renly and Stannis during Season 2. If you intend on visiting Murlough Bay, many travelers feel it is easier to trek on foot from Ballycastle, but be careful of the slippery rocks along the well-beaten paths between the two areas.

Glendalough – ein atemberaubendes Gletschertal in der Grafschaft Wicklow, das es zu besuchen und zu erkunden gilt

Glendalough - wunderschöne Landschaft in Irland

Located in a glacial valley beside tranquil lakes, Glendalough countryside is truly beautiful and very photogenic. If you appreciate history or architecture then visit the ancient two round towers of St Kevin’s Church and a ruined cathedral.

Naturliebhaber können die Spaziergänge entlang der Wanderwege und um die Seen auch einfach genießen. Es gibt verschiedene Wanderwege – kürzere für diejenigen, die einen sanften Spaziergang suchen, oder 10-Meilen-Wanderungen über die Berge für ernsthafte Wanderer.

Meine Top-Auswahl Hotel in der Nähe von Glendalough – BrookLodge & Macreddin Village

The best place to stay in Glendalough

  • Macreddin Village, Y14 A362 Aughrim, Irland
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Donegal, Ulster – a true Irish gem and once named the coolest place on the planet

Donegal Irland – coole Orte in Irland zu besuchen

Donegal-Landschaft - schöne Irland-Landschaft

Donegal is an exceptional county filled with friendly communities, gorgeous Irish countryside and breathtaking views. Many visitors mention Donegal as their favourite area in Ireland and people travel from all over Ireland to explore the naturally beautiful surroundings. Dongeal town itself is a very scenic place and was once voted ‘the coolest place on the planet!’.

Another one of the county treasures is Glenveagh National Park which covers 170 square kilometres of beautiful woodland and mountains and is one of Ireland’s finest natural attractions. Here you will find rugged mountainous landscapes, sandy beaches, clear lakes and the wonderful late Victorian folly, Glenveagh Castle.

Things To Do in Donegal and County Donegal

  • For the best craic in town head to the old-school pub the Rolle Inn, down Guinness and catch live Irish music sessions every night.
  • Suchen Donegal’s Craft Village where you can buy showcases pottery, ironwork, handwoven fabrics, glasswork, jewellery and more.
  • Besuchen Sie das Schöne Slieve League Cliffs.
  • Drive the scenic road at Glengesh Pass.
  • Go for a hike in Glenveagh Nationalpark, dem zweitgrößten Nationalpark Irlands.
  • Walk along Marble Hill Strand bei Sonnenuntergang.
  • Blicken Sie auf die Wellen von der Tra Na Rossan viewpoint.
  • Visit Ballymastocker Bay – one of the best beaches in Ireland.
  • Bei Essen Creevy Pier Hotel at Ballyshannon has to be one of Donegal’s best-kept secrets; it is perched overlooking Creevy Pier down a driveway on the way from Ballyshannon to Rossnowlagh and the views from the restaurant are just stunning!

Meine Top-Auswahl an Hotels für Donegal – Lough Eske Castle

A beautiful hotel in Donegal

  • Lough Eske Castle Road, F94 HX59 Donegal, Ireland
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Carnlough Bay, County Antrim – ein malerischer Hafen, der einst Drehort von Game of Thrones war

Carnlough Bay, Northern Ireland - Game of Thrones filming location

A visit to North Ireland would not be complete without a visit to Carnlough Bay and this is a fabulous place to visit in Ireland. This area was once just a small fishing village, but has recently been updated to accommodate larger vessels.

Visitors are encouraged to walk along the picturesque coast of the bay and even this beautiful part of Ireland was featured in the Game of Thrones. Not the bay itself, but Carnlough caves is the shooting location where Melisandre gives birth to the shadow creature.

Ballycastle – the birthplace of Game of Throne actors Conlyth Hill (Lord Varys) and Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) and a gorgeous place in Ireland to visit

Ballycastle Ireland - a scenic Game of Thrones location

Quaint seaside villages are found throughout Ireland, but for the most beautiful among the lot, Ballycastle holds great esteem. It is located in the very northeastern tip of the country and roughly 6,000 people currently call this area home. Ballycastle maintains a spectacularly wonderful small-town feel, but it too has been touched by Game of Thrones.

No scenes were actually shot in the area, but actors Conlyth Hill (Lord Varys) and Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) were both born and raised in Ballycastle.

County Wicklow, South of Dublin – home to some of the most scenic landscapes and countryside in Ireland

County Wicklow, Ireland - beautiful countryside in Ireland

You’ll find Wicklow in County Wicklow. This area is filled with illustrious coastlines, a sprawling mountain range, and picturesque woodland. Wicklow, although not the smallest town in Ireland, is among the smaller ones as its population has maintained under 15,000 people, so walking around and meeting people is an absolute joy.

Die wunderschöne irische Stadt liegt zwischen Dublin und Wexford, die sowohl über Straßen als auch über ein Eisenbahnnetz miteinander verbunden sind. Wicklow ist voller Charme und Schönheit, die man nur persönlich schätzen kann.

My cool and unusual hotel pick for County Wicklow – Powerscourt Hotel

The best place to stay in County Wicklow

  • Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Ireland
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Cooley Peninsula, County Louth – one of Ireland’s most scenic and beautiful driving routes and a must-see place to explore

Cooley Peninsula - Ireland

Ireland is certainly full of beautiful countryside areas, but Cooley Peninsula is considered the number one scenic drive in Ireland. However, driving is not the only way to appreciate such a beautiful place. Tourists and locals alike enjoy walking along the almost deserted coastlines of the Cooley Peninsula for the best views of the Mourne Mountains.

The stunning area is home to ancient ruins including Proleek Dolmen, Gallery Grave, and Slieve Foy. Also include a visit to Carlingford, a town on the Cooley Peninsula, which is full of historic buildings. Bring your camera and a good pair, or two, of walking shoes as you will want to see it all along this impressively beautiful coastline.

Die Cliffs of Moher und County Clare – markante Meeresklippen, die zu den meistbesuchten Touristenattraktionen Irlands gehören

The Cliffs of Moher Ireland - one of the best places to visit in Ireland

Ireland’s most visited natural attractions seem to capture the heart of all her many visitors. The Cliffs of Moher tower 700 feet over the foamy waves of the Atlantic Ocean and make up some of the most ruggedly beautiful coastlines in Europe. Here surfers brave the chilly waves below, nesting seabirds thrill wildlife watchers and enthusiastic walkers make the most of the unspoiled natural scenery.

Also, take your time to explore the rest of beautiful County Clare where the cliffs are located. This is the place where a strong traditional Irish culture flourishes; explore the many pretty villages, Stone Age monuments, ancient churches, 15th-century castle and stop in one of the many charming pubs to get your fix of traditional Irish music.

Mein Top-Pick-Hotel in der Nähe der Cliffs of Moher – Falls Hotel & Spa

The best hotel near the Cliffs of Moher

  • Ennistymon, Ennistymon, Ireland
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Tollymore Forest, County Down – used as a Game of Thrones location and offers beautiful walks and stunning scenic country views

Tollymore Forest - Game of Thrones location in Ireland

Tollymore Forest gehört zu den schönsten Parks in Irland. Historisch gesehen wurde hier auch Holz für die Titanic und andere White-Star-Schiffe geerntet. Für unsere Game of Thrones-Fans ist dies einer der ersten Schauplätze der Serie. Während der ersten Folge im Wald kommen die Stark-Kinder und der jüngere Theon mit ihren Schattenwolf-Welpen in Kontakt.

When visiting Tollymore Forest, bring a camera for certain, but also some camping gear as camping in the forest is a welcomed activity for weary travelers.

Aran Islands, west coast of Ireland – known for wild landscapes, knitted jumpers, and pretty thatched cottages

Aran Islands in Ireland - beautiful places to go in Ireland

If you want to visit somewhere a little different in Ireland this is a great choice! The Aran Islands are a collection of three islands that are nestled at the mouth of Galway Bay. The beautiful and isolated islands have attracted and inspired many Irish artists and poets over the years (including the leading artists Seán Keating and Liam O’Flaherty).

Aside from the unique weather-battered landscapes other notable attractions include several Iron Age forts and Teampull Bheanáin which is considered to be the smallest church in the world.

Sligo, Connacht – eine schöne Küstenstadt, die für ihr literarisches Erbe und ihre raue Landschaft bekannt ist

Sligo, Connacht in Irland – atemberaubende Orte in Irland

The scenery surrounding the county town of Sligo is extraordinarily beautiful, especially the coastline. The Knocknarea Mountain dominates the landscape and here you will find a 40 foot high stone cairn which is the mythical burial place of the legendary Queen Maeve of Connaught.

Make sure you include a visit to Carrowmore – the largest stone age cemetery in Ireland and the village of Drumcliff which is the final resting places of the famous poet W.B.Yeats. Sligo is also a great area to try out some surfing – the Irish way!

My Top Pick Hotel for Sligo – Markree Castle

Ein Schlosshotel in Sligo, Irland

  • Collooney, Co. Sligo, Sligo, Ireland
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Mountains of Mourne, County Down – a spectacular granite mountain range in Ireland and a stunning place to visit

Mountains of Mourne, County Down - places to go in Ireland

The Mountains of Mourne are a remarkable sight to be seen in Ireland. It is known as the largest mountain range in the country and also maintains a distinctive granite facade. Located in County Down, the Mountains of Mourne tower at 850 meters above and has been getting a lot of attention in recent years.

The unmatched beauty of the Mountains of Mourne have been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Environment and Heritage Service in 2002 commissioned the site be established as a national park. It has yet to take place but surely deserves the honor.

Of course, it’s impossible to mention Alle die schönsten Orte in Irland in einer Liste wie dieser. Wollen Sie trotzdem mehr? Probieren Sie auch die malerische, unberührte Küste der Connemara-Halbinsel oder die Skellig-Inseln aus – eine UNESCO-Welterbestätte vor der Küste der Grafschaft Kerry, die neben vielen, vielen anderen einige der wichtigsten religiösen Monumente Irlands zu bieten hat!

Enjoy the beautiful Emerald Isle, I promise you won’t regret a visit!

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