#01 Connemara

A varied landscape of mountains, lakes and beaches that’s great for walking, with some pretty villages to base yourself in.

#01 Connemara

#02 Horse riding

Enjoy an invigorating hack along the beach or trek through the mountains on a pony.

#02 Horse riding

#03 Glendalough

This wonderfully remote and beautiful mountain valley shelters an atmospheric monastery.

#03 Glendalough

#04 Festivals

Festivals abound throughout Ireland, not least on March 17 when the whole island celebrates St Patrick’s Day.

#04 Festivals

#05 Dun Aengus

Spectacular cliff-edge fort, the Iron Age capital of the Aran Islands.

#05 Dun Aengus

#06 Killarney National Park

The grandeur of the lakes and mountains has been drawing visitors to Killarney for over three centuries.

#06 Killarney National Park

#07 Brú na Bóinne

One of Europe’s finest prehistoric sites, an extraordinary ritual landscape.

#07 Brú na Bóinne

#08 Kinsale

Explore the imposing forts and sample some of Ireland’s finest cuisine, in a glorious bay-side setting.

#08 Kinsale

#09 Skellig Michael

A remarkable and inspiring early Christian hermitage clinging to a mountain summit on a wild, bleak island.

#09 Skellig Michael

#10 Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

An astonishing collection of manuscripts and artworks from around the world.

#10 Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

#11 Croagh Patrick

It’s a stiff climb, but the fine views and the mountain’s religious and historical connotations make it all worthwhile.

#11 Croagh Patrick

#12 Traditional music

Often loud, often raucous and always fun, traditional Irish music can be heard in many pubs and at dedicated festivals.

#12 Traditional music

#13 Bantry House

A magnificent setting for some lavish artworks, among formal gardens overlooking Bantry Bay.

#13 Bantry House

#14 Horn Head

Possibly the most breathtaking of County Donegal’s numerous rugged peninsulas, with plenty of exhilarating cliff-top walks.

#14 Horn Head

#15 Walking

Whether it’s a breezy seaside stroll or a more arduous long-distance path, one of the best ways to enjoy Ireland’s magnificent land- and sea-scapes is on foot.

#15 Walking

#16 Oysters

Sample the shellfish at numerous locations along Ireland’s coast or try your hand at an oyster-opening competition.

#16 Oysters

#17 Horse racing

Take a trip to one of Ireland’s many racing festivals, savour the banter, pick up some tips and have a flutter.

#17 Horse racing

#18 The Burren

A barren expanse of cracked limestone terraces, stretching towards the Atlantic and peppered with a multitude of fascinating megalithic remains.

#18 The Burren

#19 Kilmainham Gaol

A grim encounter with the Spartan conditions experienced by those deemed enemies of the state with superb displays on Irish political history.

#19 Kilmainham Gaol

#20 Ór in the National Museum, Dublin

Lavish gold ornaments, preserved by the peat bogs since prehistoric times.

#20 Ór in the National Museum, Dublin

#21 The Rock of Cashel

Rising high above the Golden Vale, the Rock features an entrancing group of early ecclesiastical remains.

#21 The Rock of Cashel

#22 The Giant’s Causeway

Marvel at the eerie but entirely natural basalt formation of the Causeway.

#22 The Giant’s Causeway

#23 Guinness

The black stuff really does taste better in its own country, especially in its home town, Dublin.

#23 Guinness

#24 Derry’s City Walls

A visit to Derry is incomplete without a stroll around the ramparts of the only completely walled city in Ireland.

#24 Derry’s City Walls

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