A Bucket List is a number of things written down to do before you die, which comes from the term “kicked the bucket”. We have compiled a list for you to do in Ireland, so you can have some inspiration and hopefully see some of them!
1. Visit the Most Northern Point of Ireland – Malin Head, Co. Donegal
The most northern part of the island of Ireland is beautiful. It proves that from top to bottom, Ireland is full of beauty. The bonus of this trip is being able to tell everyone you’ve stood at the most northern part of Ireland!
2. Visit the Most Southern Point of Ireland – Brow Head, Co. Cork
If you have visited the northern-most point of the whole island of Ireland, you have to visit the southern-most point at Brow Head. Its a great spot with fantastic views!
3. The Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry
Constantly ranks as one of the most beautiful places in Ireland. National Geographic once called it “the most beautiful place on earth”. A trip down here is always trip to remember! The beauty of this place will blow your mind.
4. Visit Ireland’s most beautiful National park – Kilarney
Killarney National Park is located in Co. Kerry, close to the town of Killarney. It was the first national park established in Ireland, created when Muckross Estate was donated to the Irish state in 1932. The park has since been substantially expanded and encompasses over 102.89 km2 of diverse ecology, including the Lakes of Killarney, Oak and Yew woodlands of international importance, and mountain peaks. It is undoubtedly Ireland’s most beautiful national park!
5. Giant’s Causeway, Co. Antrim
An absolute must. The Giant’s Causeway in Co. Antrim is one of the most unique rock formations in the world. It is on the beautiful Antrim coast to top it off. Just stunning.
6. See the Peace walls, Belfast
These massive walls separate two communities in Belfast. Most of the walls were built during the turbulent period called “The Troubles” when sectarian riots were common. Now Belfast is a changed city with only minor trouble but the walls still remain. A very interesting spectacle and a must for the bucket list!
7. Experience the winter solstice at Newgrange
Newgrange is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the Winter Solstice sun. Above the entrance to the passage of the mound there is a opening called a roof-box. On mornings around the winter solstice a beam of light penetrates the roof-box and travels up the 19 metre passage and into the chamber. As the sun rises higher, the beam widens so that the whole chamber is dramatically illuminated.
8. Learn to pour the perfect pint of Guinness at the original factory!
Learn to pour the perfect Guinness and learn of the history of Ireland’s famous drink. This attraction is currently Ireland’s No. 1 tourist destination by visitors. It is an excellent day out for anyone, especially Guinness-lovers!
9. Visit the graves of Ireland’s most famous, Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin
Visit the tomb of Daniel O’Connell, the most holy grave in Ireland. Also see the final resting place of Ireland’s most famous leaders including Parnell, Collins and De Valera.
10. Go to Ireland’s Biggest Race – the Northwest 200, Co. Derry
The North West 200 is a motorcycle race meeting held each May along the north coast of Ireland. The course is a street circuit, made up of public roads running between the towns of Portstewart, Coleraine and Portrush (the Triangle) is one of the fastest in the world, with speeds in excess of 200 mph (320 km/h). In practice for the 2012 event Martin Jessopp was clocked at 208 mph (335 km/h). It is one of around fifteen events run on public roads between April and October throughout the island of Ireland. It is the largest annual sporting event in Ireland, with the race weekend attracting over 150,000 visitors from all over the world.
11. Visit Ireland’s most famous attraction – Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare
The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the hearts of up to one million visitors every year. Standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point they stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. From the Cliffs of Moher on a clear day one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry.
12. Have a pint in the Oldest Bar in Ireland…and the world!
Sean’s bar is the oldest bar in the world! Can you imagine a bar that was opened over 1100 years ago? What was it like back then? Chamber pots in the corner? Signs outside asking patrons to check their swords? Honestly, it might as well be the bar from Star Trek the Next Generation, that’s how foreign it would be to us. Well this is the oldest. Archeological records have found that the walls of Sean’s Bar have been around, and serving, since 900 AD. Further, there are records of every owner of the pub back to its 10th century founding!