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This Is The Ultimate 2019 Bucket List For Ireland

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The start of the year is often when we make plans for dream holidays, but before you jet off to far away exotic scenery, consider Ireland’s very own majestic offerings right on your doorstep.

I think it’s fair to say that the majority of us haven’t explored Ireland as much as we would like, so why not make this the year to tick off the most amazing sights across the country?

Here’s twenty of the most unique spots to visit this year, some you might not even have heard of:

1. Doolin, Co. Clare

Doolin is one of the most picturesque places in Ireland.

From traditional Irish pubs, famine walls, stunning vistas of the Cliffs Of Moher and thatched roofs – there’s no place better.

 

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2. Kinsale, Co. Cork

The Smartie Land of Ireland – every building is a vibrant colour.

 

Such a stunning place!

3. Ballymastocker Bay, Co. Donegal

Voted the second most beautiful beach in the world, this place is serious Instagram goals.

4. Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo

Benbulbin is part of the Dartry Mountains, an area sometimes called “Yeats Country”.

It’s one of the most unusual rock formations I’ve ever seen but up there as one of the most beautiful too.

 

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What a view ❤️ ➖ ???? Mullaghmore, County Sligo ➖ Photo by @tomarcherphoto ➖

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5. Portroe Quarry, Co. Tipperary

There’s clear water and then there’s Portroe Quarry.

This eerily stunning area looks like something straight out of paradise.

 

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Portroe Quarry needs to be on every Irish bucket list ever ???? pic by @kiwi_exploring_ireland

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6. Murder Hole Beach, Co. Donegal

This tiny secret beach has become a popular spot with tourists over the last while.

This idyllic spot can be difficult to find but it’s well worth the trek.

 

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Murder hole beach ???? stunning shot captured by @rawdublin

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7. Downpatrick Head, Co. Antrim

One of the most incredible sights in the country.

 

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The Halloween break is the perfect time to go exploring around Ireland. See somewhere new ???? Pic by @sykes_36

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8. The Greenway, Co. Waterford

The Waterford Greenway is a spectacular 46km off-road cycling and walking trail along an old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan.

Grab a bike and cycle along one of the most scenic routes in the country.

9. Dunquin, Co. Kerry

Whenever I think of the Gaeltacht, I immediately think of Connemara but Kerry is also home to Irish speaking communities.

Dunquin is Ireland’s most westerly settlement. It’s the perfect place to spot the Blasket Islands.

10. Cuilcagh, Co. Fermanagh

Do this walk everyday and you’d have the best legs ever.

One of the most incredible walk ways in Ireland. This boardwalk protects the rare blanket bog beneath. It’s spreads over 7.4km and takes about 6 hours to complete..

11. Ticknock, Co. Dublin

The best way to see Dublin is from a height.

At the top of Ticknock you’ll be able to spot iconic landmarks such as the Aviva and the Poolbeg Towers.

 

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Morning walk ❄️????

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12. Lough Tay, Co. Wicklow

Commonly called The Guinness Lake, this scenic lake has been popping up on my Instagram feed constantly the last while.

Many people say that Lough Tay is the site used to portray the city of Kattegat in the very popular series Vikings

 

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13. The Dark Hedges, Co. Antrim

The Dark Hedges looks like a portal to another world.

Who knew trees could have such character?

 

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???????? 不思議な時間が流れる並木道???? This is The Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland. Looks like it connects to another world…???? 北アイルランドにある「ザ・ダーク・ヘッジズ」。 まるでどこか異世界に続いてそう✨ 18世紀頃、来訪者を驚かせるために作られたブナの並木道。 近年は嵐による倒木で本数が減ってしまったらしいけど、それでもこの異世界感! ゆっくり浸ってお散歩したかった〜 のだけど、、、、、 ツアーで訪問したから正味5分程しか滞在できず、観光客だらけで全く写真が撮れなかったのが心残り???? 写真を撮るなら朝イチの空いてる時間がオススメです???????? This is The Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland. Looks like it connects to another world…???? This is the road that was made to surprise visitors in 18century. Recently there have been less trees because of storms, but such a nice atmosphere! I wish I could have enjoyed my time walking along this street, BUT…I could only stay here for just 5mins because I came here with the group tour, and there were loads of tourists.???? You should go there early in the morning if you wanna take good pictures???? ???????? Check my UK pics from this tag below! ???? #shiho_ryugaku #SI留学 #イギリス留学 #shiho_uk ????ザ・ダーク・ヘッジズ/イギリス 北アイルランド ????The Dark Hedges/Northern Ireland ©︎Shiho/詩歩

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14. Blarney Castle, Co. Cork

You hear a lot about the Blarney Stone but not about Blarney Castle and gardens.

This is such a wonderful spot.

 

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Blarney Castle looking like something out of a fairytale ???? pic by @goodgollymissmolly16

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15. Valentia Island, Co. Kerry

One of the prettiest islands in the country with a fab lighthouse.

Boat trips around here are essential.

 

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The iconic lighthouse on Valentia Island is a photographers dream ???? pic by @conor__scott

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16. Glenveagh, Co. Donegal

The second largest national park in Ireland.

Your doggo will love it.

17. Poll na bPeist, Inis Mór, Co. Galway

18. Hook Lighthouse, Co. Wexford

Ireland’s oldest (and cutest) lighthouse.

 

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Never get fed up of this place ???? Hook lighthouse in Wexford ❤️ Pic by @lawless_ireland

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19. The Wonderful Barn, Co. Kildare

The Wonderful Barn in Leixlip. Built in 1743, there’s quite a few theories for the purpose of this unique looking building.

Could it have been a folly, a dovecote or a gamekeepers tower?

20. Clew Bay Islands, Co. Mayo

The most spectacular bay in Ireland overlooked by Croagh Patrick, is scattered with 365 islands, one for every day of the year.

 

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This doesn’t even look like Ireland ???? Mayo is some spot. Where’s the best place you’ve visited? Pic by @joe.ire

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READ MORE: Explore Éire: You And Your Partner Can Make Each Other’s Wedding Rings In This Hidden Sligo Cottage

 

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