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Causeway Coastal Route

Causeway Coastal Route

This 120-mile drive is so packed with spectacular sights, timeless beauty and renowned attractions that it’s the first must-see on our list. But you don’t have to take our word for it, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel Awards named Belfast and the Causeway Coast the No. 1 Region in the world for 2018.

Starting in Belfast, you’ll find hip restaurants serving cutting-edge cuisine, Titanic history re-enacted for eager 20th century explorers and a buzzing energy thrumming underneath it all. It’s the epitome of great things coming in small packages. But as you know, the fun doesn’t stop at the city limits.

Hit the road around the north coast of Northern Ireland, where you’ll encounter an extinct volcano, breathtaking sea cliffs, historic castles, bizarre rock formations, pristine beaches, as well as numerous filming locations from HBO’s hit show “Game of Thrones®”.

 


 

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

A little south of the halfway point along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way is one of the most visited natural attractions in Ireland. The Cliffs of Moher are magnificent sea cliffs towering 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. As the sea spray fills the air with the invigorating freshness of the Atlantic, it’s hard not to feel as though you’re braving the ocean with staggering views from the top.

Of course, one of the most unique and precious aspects of the cliffs is the local wildlife that call them home. It takes a whole lot to be named a UNESCO Global Geopark — and the Cliffs of Moher have rightfully earned their place. Only an hour’s drive from Limerick and an hour and a half from Galway, these iconic cliffs aren’t to be missed.

 


 

Skellig Islands

Skellig Islands

You may recognize the breathtaking islands from scenes in the movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The star of the Wild Atlantic Way, the Skellig Islands, sit approximately eight miles from the village of Portmagee in County Kerry. Skellig Michael, the larger island, features soaring cliffs over 700 feet tall and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Skellig Michael was once home to a monastery from the sixth century to the 13th century, and the monastic settlement has been preserved in remarkable condition. It was also the site of Viking raids in the ninth century. Walk around and explore the ruins, and for incredible views, climb the 618 steps the monks took each day. In addition to being rich in history, the islands are rich with wildlife and sea birds.

You can get to Skellig Michael only by boat from Portmagee or Ballinskelligs, and numerous tour companies offer multiple trips a day. Travel to the island is subject to weather conditions, and it’s advisable to book in advance.

 


 

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Kilkenny

Kilkenny

A medieval stronghold — and a center of craft, heritage, and design— Kilkenny buzzes with an unforgettable energy. From Ireland’s medieval capital to the network of towns and villages dotting the verdant countryside, this ancient city at the center of Ireland's Ancient East packs maximum “wow” factor into an easily navigable space.

Right in the middle of the city is Kilkenny’s Norman castle. Surrounded by a network of maze-like alleyways and lanes, it's an exciting adventure to see where, and in which century, you'll end up. Make the climb and take in a (literally) towering view of the city from the round tower at 6th-century St. Canice’s Cathedral.

 


 

Dublin

Dublin

Dublin is a lively city that blends urban excitement with a friendly village atmosphere. Whatever you want to do, Dublin's got you covered, with a seamless blend of classic visitor hotspots and an exciting social scene. A trip to Dublin is all about experiencing the muse behind the music, the craic (fun), and of course, the people!

Dublin has twice been named Europe's friendliest city by TripAdvisor for good reason. Grab a pint, strike up a conversation, and settle in for the experience of a lifetime.

If you get adventurous, take a trip outside the city. Hop on the Dart (train) and travel the sweep of Dublin Bay to uncover a whole heap of treasures. Pretty villages filled with living history, fantastic food, stunning coastline, and great atmosphere — all just a short ride out of town.

 


 

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