Ireland Sightseeing:  10 ‘Must See’ Locations
on the Magical Emerald Isle

Ireland sightseeing is one of the best ways to explore your Irish side.  The good news is – travel is NOT required (although it is highly recommended :-)!

At Irish Expressions we do enjoy visiting Ireland - but we also take time every day to do a bit of virtual sightseeing - through pictures! 


Irish Expressions - Cliffs of Moher.  Photocredit:  Theo Crazzolara via Flickr.


My home is filled with images of Ireland, which helps me to stay connected to the Emerald Isle even when it is not possible to travel.

And every once in awhile, my search for amazing pictures turns up a new 'must see' landmark to include in my Ireland travel plans.

Here are some favorite images, a few key facts, and useful travel tips about 10 of the most amazing things I have seen in Ireland.

Ireland Sightseeing:  Find Out How Much You Already Know...

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A score of 0-5 means you should brush up on your knowledge of the Emerald Isle! 

Keep exploring Irish-expressions.com to discover exciting images and facts, and to learn about the many ways to express your Irish side, wherever you happen to be.

10 'Must See' Sights in Ireland

Ready for a personal Ireland sightseeing tour?  Below are our top 10 choices for landmarks in Ireland that are not to be missed. 

And remember - these days it is very possible to explore 'virtually.' So while travel is highly recommended, it is definitely not required!


Irish Expressions - Cliffs of Moher.  Photocredit:  Theo Crazzolara - via Flickr.com.

1: THE CLIFFS OF MOHER

This is one of the most beautiful (and most photographed) locations in Ireland.

It is also the most visited natural tourist attraction on the Island.

Due to its popularity, it is important to plan your visit carefully.  The centre regularly closes due to overcrowding.

Click on the image for more information, pictures and tips on the best ways to enjoy this lovely Irish landmark - travel optional!

Irish Expressions - Blarney Castle.  Photocredit:  Amber Cavers via Flickr.

2: BLARNEY CASTLE

Another iconic stop on any Ireland sightseeing tour, Blarney Castle offers beautiful scenery, magical history, and - of course - the legendary Blarney Stone.

Millions have flocked to Blarney Castle to kiss the Stone of Eloquence, because - as legend would have it - one kiss, and you'll never be at a loss for words.

Click on the image for pictures, information, and tips on how to enjoy Blarney Castle - travel is optional!

Irish Expressions - Giant's Causeway

3: GIANT'S CAUSEWAY

Pictures definitely DO justice to these amazing basalt columns, stretching mysteriously toward Scotland from the coast of Northern Ireland.

What are they made of? Where did they come from? What is the famous legend that explains the mysteries of the Giant's Causeway?

Click on the image for answers to these questions and many more!

Irish Expressions - Trinity College, Old Library. Photocredit: Cambiofractal via Flickr.

4: OLD LIBRARY - BOOK OF KELLS

It's a bird, it's a plane ... no, it's one of the most ancient written manuscripts in human history - the book of Kells!

Proudly displayed in the Old Library at Trinity College in Dublin, this Book is 680 pages long (and unfinished) and over 1200 years old.

Do not miss the amazing book of Kells.  Click the picture for more information and tips on how to enjoy it ... once again, no travel required!

Irish Expressions - Newgrange. Photocredit:  Dee McEvoy via Flickr.

5: NEWGRANGE

How on earth did they do that?

Older than the pyramids in Egypt, the incredible monument at Newgrange is a testament to the ingenuity of ancient times.

At the same time every year, at the moment of the winder solstice, a beam of light illuminates the interior of this amazing structure.

I KNOW - hard to believe.  If you would like to know more, click on the image.

Irish Expressions - Arch at Clonmacnoise Monastery

6: CLONMACNOISE MONASTERY

This amazing location is marked by a simple sign on the M6 going west from Dublin.

It would be easy to overlook - but don't!  Dating back to the 9th century, frequented by monks, kings and the Pope - Clonmacnoise is the site of many fascinating historical events.

And it is lovely. Click on the image to add this fascinating landmark to your Ireland sightseeing tour.

Irish Expressions - Brazen Head Pub.  Photocredit:  Marta Carnero via Flickr.

7: THE BRAZEN HEAD PUB

Billed as the oldest pub in Dublin, Brazen Head is an easy choice for top 10 'must see' locations in Ireland.

At least for me!  Because you see, I love the friendly and joyful atmosphere that is common at Irish pubs.

Here you will find good traditional food, live music, interesting artifacts - and good Craic, every day.

Want to know more?  Click on the image!

Irish Expressions - Rock of Cashel.  Photocredit:  Jay Patrick via Flickr.

8: ROCK OF CASHEL

It is said that this famous fortress was created when the Devil threw a gigantic stone at his adversaries...

Uhm... ok.

Wherever it came from, it is a sight to behold!  And the stories that surround the Rock make it easily one of the top 10 stops on our Ireland sightseeing tour.

Click on the image for lovely pictures and interesting facts about the imposing Rock of Cashel.

Irish Expressions - Skellig Michael.  Photocredit:  Jakob Mells via Flickr.

9: SKELLIG MICHAEL

Never mind that it was featured in the 2017 movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi...

And never mind that it contains the ruins of an 8th century Gaelic monestary...

And never mind that it is a remote island, and that is ... well ... pretty cool.

There are many more reasons why Skellig Michael makes our Ireland Sightseeing top 10 list. Want to know what they are? 

Click on the image to find out!

Irish Expressions - Dingle Peninsula.  Photocredit:  Fabio Miola via Flickr.

10: DINGLE PENINSULA

Dingle makes our top 10 list because it is one of the best places on the island to experience 'traditional' Ireland.

Residents speak Gaelic.  A crucifix marks the tip of the peninsula, facing the sea. 

Foxy John's pub serves as a hardware store during the day, and a social gathering place at night.

Most of all, the Peninsula is beautiful.  Simply beautiful.  Click the image to find out why!

More Ireland Sightseeing:  10 Most 'Secret' Attractions

We have previously shared 10 of the most popular and important attractions for any Ireland sightseeing tour. 

But much of the mystery of the Emerald Isle lies off the beaten path!

Click below to see 10 of Ireland's most secret attractions, courtesy of our friends at Exploring Vacations.com.


Want More?

You KNOW there is much more to see and do in mystical, magical Ireland. Majestic castles. Beautiful cities. Quaint villages.  The Game of Thrones Tour. :-)

By clicking one of the links below, you can check out all of the sites in Ireland that I have visited (and many that I still hope to see someday).

If you would like to share your own story and / or pictures of your Ireland sightseeing adventures, please use our contact form, or visit us on Facebook!

And yes, as you can tell... here at Irish Expressions, wo do love Irish castles :-)…  But that is not all.  Have a look!

What's Next?

At Irish Expressions,our our goal is simple: to provide you with a unique Irish experience, on demand, wherever you are in the world.

If you have enjoyed our section on Ireland Sightseeing, you have probably been exposed to many of the most incredible landmarks the Emerald Isle has to offer.

Will that entice you to visit Ireland - or to return if you have already been?  We hope so!  

But even if that is not possible, you can still enjoy the magic of Ireland in these pages.  Check out the links at the top of the page for simple instructions on how to sing Irish songs, use Irish words, enjoy Irish food, and much more!

You can also visit us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest to see amazing pictures and interact with amazing people who share a love of Ireland.

We would love to hear from you - please send us a note here and let us know how we are doing. 

Until then - thanks for visiting!  Please continue exploring your Irish side at Irish-Expressions.com.

Want to Feel More Connected to Ireland?  Here's How!

At Irish Expressions we believe everybody – well almost everybody! - has an "Irish side."  So - how nice would it be to have access to a fun Irish experience, on demand, wherever you happen to be?

If you have enjoyed your experience with Irish Expressions so far, here is a simple, free way to stay in touch.

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Meanwhile, thanks for visiting!  I hope that we will meet someday, in person or online, and you can tell me about your own connection to the Emerald Isle.

Until then, best wishes -

Bruce Grady

www.irish-expressions.com

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