The Irish Bucket List: 25 things to do and places to see before you die!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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! 

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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!

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  • Aaron

    It’s beyond me how Derry doesn’t feature on this list!

  • EileenDemirarslanMallon

    Yes as the historic walled city Derry has so much to offer

  • Guest

    The chances of experiencing the Winter Solstice at Newgrange is fairly slim. As such, admission to the chamber to view the sunrise is by means of a lottery, for the 2014 sunrise, Newgrange accepted 30,532 applications for 50 places. The draw for 2015 has already taken place. Regardless, if anyone wants to give me a ticket, I will be more than willing to accept!:-)

    • dublinia

      They could have phrased that a little better. I would imagine they meant the simulated winter solstice light they produce during each tour.

  • john

    Who would want to look at a wall ie No 6.. Derry walls yes and a visit to O Cahan,s Rock in Roe Valley Country Park is a must see after that Fair Head in Co Antrim

  • Catherine McLaughlin

    Cannot believe Skellig Michael is not on this list. It’s definitely in the top 3 of most amazing place I’ve been in Ireland, ever.

  • mick

    Get Derry on there, we have more to offer than the NW200.
    The Derry Walls, Free Derry Corner, The Peace bridge (although that’s not much to look at).

  • David

    Coasteering never made the cut. Shame.

  • Jim

    HONNN FERMANAGH

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  • maria

    Only eight things to do ans I can die happy, actually seven as I think Derrynane Beach is the nicest in Ireland.

  • Jaclyndubh

    21 done

  • Amanda Burke

    Connemara or Mayo not on the list, There must be holes in that bucket!

  • Erron Slingsby

    Staying in The Worlds 1st Self Catering Pub, Conroy’s Old Bar in County Tipperary should definitely be on the list, its one of Ireland’s hidden gems.

  • Jim O’Neill

    The Rock of Cashel should have been on this list

  • Rory D

    But what about the holy stone of Clonrichert??! It was moved to Craggy Island from Fermanagh because it wasn’t doing great business, but a must see all the same!!

    • Rory D

      For those looking for directions to the Class II Relic, it’s on Craggy Island, you walk through the field to the cliffs. You’ve taken a wrong turn if you end up by the man on the wall with a gun, and if so I bid you farewell!! It’s worth the risk though, a man was ‘lured’ there before and also an English man grew a beard when he touched it, apparently.

      • Felisha

        I hope to be able to visit this Craggy island you speak of soon and
        the holy stone.. is there a fee for this once you get passed the man with the gun and find your way? …anxiously awaiting your response

        • Rory D

          Hi Felisha, it is well worth a visit! There is no entry fee, however there is a small donations box located beside the stone for the local parish and upkeep of the stone should the stone be unfortunately lodged up a Bishops anus, again.

          • Felisha

            Oh hvor forfærdeligt… on light of the current update i.e. position of said stone.. I have changed mind on touching this.. 🙁 I am meget skuffet.. perhaps you could suggest somewhere else no?

  • vincent bolster

    Derry walls and free Derry corner. its a place where ancient history meets modern history. should be in the top three.

  • Cajsa

    …and how to mention cliffs of moher before sleeve liege? 😉
    …connemara?
    …achill island?

  • Le Blanc

    Riverdance me boll*x! PS Leap Castle is in Offaly, Roscrea is not

  • Great article

  • Sunset Travellers

    Great post!! There is quite a few amazing things and places that you are missing. We have created an Irish bucket list as well 🙂 http://sunsettravellers.com/why-visit-ireland/

  • Vincent Kolen

    Added Ireland to my Bucketlist and I really love the country!
    Check some hotspots: https://www.bucketlist.nl/nl/missie/22_bezoek-ierland