Unfortunately, every story and every trip ends. So does our exploration of Ireland. Here are last three places that made it to the Rachael`s top 10.

8. Cliffs of Moher (best done with Burren)

You simply cannot travel to Ireland without paying a visit to Ireland’s top tourist attraction, the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, situated in County Clare along the wild Atlantic Way. The Cliffs of Moher have majestically faced the Atlantic for over 350 million years and they ascend from Doolin to over 213 metres stretching south for nearly 8 km to Hags head.

Cliffs of Moher, http://www.cliffs-moher.com

The best way to experience the Cliffs of Moher is by exploring the hiking trails. It also helps you to avoid crowds. The Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walking Trail starts in Doolin, and follows the Cliffs of Moher to Hags Head. Enjoy lush landscapes, waterfalls, stunning views and of course Cliffs of Moher. The trail offers views over Aill na Searrach, the Aran Islands and Galway Bay.

Most people visit Cliffs of Moher during 11 a.m to 4 p.m so to avoid the crowds it is best to visit before or after.

9. Surfing in Sligo

Rachael is from Sligo, so really local:), and it is not a surprise that she recommends visiting and particularly surfing in Sligo. Although, Sligo has so much more than just best surf to offer.

The town of Sligo, in the north of Ireland, straddles the Garavogue River where it meets Sligo Bay. It’s known for its literary heritage and rugged countryside. Ruined medieval Sligo Abbey has carved tombs and a 15th-century altar.

Sligo county is known as Yeats county as it inspired the famous poet. It is coastal perfection as the river meets the sea, and jagged mountain peaks watch on. It is a surfers paradise as it has some of the biggest waves in Western Europe (Mullaghmore). The scenes are dramatic, and Sligo's beaches are known worldwide for their legendary breakers, allowing surfers to weave in and out of the white water.

Ben Bulben provides an always-dramatic backdrop to the coast of County Sligo. With its jagged peaks and valleys waiting to be explored, it's reminiscent of Cape Town's Table Mountain, always a lingering presence on the horizon.

For more information: https://www.ireland.com/destinations/republic-of-ireland/sligo/


10. Guinness Storehouse then explore Dublin

Dublin´s streets are a fusion of past and present. From its Viking roots of thousand years ago to its atmospheric medieval churches and of course pubs.

Dublin Castle,

Guinness is synonymous with Ireland and no visit to Dublin is complete without a trip to the Guinness Storehouse. Located in the heart of the legendary St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, this production site has been home to the Guinness Brewery since 1759, when Arthur Guinness signed a lease for 9,000 years. The Guinness Storehouse building was built in 1904 and is now a seven-storey visitor experience dedicated to the history of the making of this world famous beer.

Guinness Storehouse,

For more information: https://www.visitdublin.com/see-do/details/guinness-storehouse

If you are interested in history and love walking, check out Dublin´s Discovery Trails. Besides the brewery and pubs, and historic walks, you might want to check out Dublin Castle, numerous cathedrals and museums.


That concludes our trip to Ireland. Thank you, Rachael!

There is so much to see and do that I am left wondering how long the trip should be? Probably the best answer is: as long as possible!