The Irish Bucket List: 25 things to do & places to see in Ireland 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 in 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 to Dingle is always trip to remember! The beauty of this place will blow your mind.

4. Visit Ireland’s most beautiful National park – Killarney

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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!

AddressCo. Kerry, Ireland

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.

Address44 Causeway Rd, Bushmills BT57 8SU

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!

Address15 Cupar Way, Belfast BT13 2RX

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 an 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.

AddressNewgrange, Donore, Co. Meath, Ireland

 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 at the Guinness Storehouse.

This attraction is currently Ireland’s No. 1 tourist destination by visitors. It is an excellent day out for anyone, especially Guinness-lovers!

AddressSt James’s Gate, Ushers, Dublin 8, Ireland

9. Visit the graves of Ireland’s most famous, Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin

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Visit the tomb of Daniel O’Connell, the holiest grave in Ireland. Also see the final resting place of Ireland’s most famous leaders including Parnell, Collins and De Valera.

AddressFinglas Rd, Botanic, Dublin 11, D11 PA00, Ireland

10. Go to Ireland’s Biggest Race – the Northwest 200, Co. Derry

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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.

Address48 Cloyfin Rd, Coleraine BT52 2NY

11. Visit Ireland’s most famous attraction – Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare

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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.

AddressLislorkan North, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland

12. Have a pint in the Oldest Bar in Ireland…and the world!

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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.

Archaeological 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!

Address13 Main St, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

13 . Go to the world’s Most Haunted castle – Leap Castle, Roscrea, Co. Offaly

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Located in Co. Offaly, Leap Castle is a very popular Irish castle. It is widely recognised as the most haunted castle in the world.

Thousands of people flock to Leap Castle each year not only to marvel at its grand history and beauty but also to meet the inhabitants of the castle who are from a world unlike ours.

For more dramatic history, you could take a trip to Leap Castle, which is said to be haunted by a number of spectres, the most terrifying being a small hunched creature whose apparition is accompanied by a rotting stench of a decomposing corpse and the smell of sulphur.

AddressLeap, Co. Offaly, Ireland

14. Go to Ireland’s Most Beautiful waterfall, Glenoe Waterfall, Co. Antrim

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Glenoe Waterfall, Co. Antrim. A beautiful waterfall nestling in the glens of Antrim. A short stroll from the charming village of Glenoe, steps and paths wind around a small glen with one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Ireland.

AddressWaterfall Rd, Gleno BT40 3LE

15. Climb Ireland’s tallest mountain

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Carrauntoohil is the highest peak in Ireland. Located in County Kerry, it is 1,038 metres (3,406 ft) high and is the central peak of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks range.

There are two other peaks in this range higher than 1,000 m—Beenkeragh (1,010 m) and Caher (1,001 m). The peak of Carrauntoohil is topped by a large metal cross 5 metres (16 ft) tall.

16. Walk across Carrick-a-rede rope bridge

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Co. Antrim. It is a famous rope bridge near Ballintoy. The bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede (from Irish: Carraig a’ Ráid, meaning “rock of the casting”).

It spans 20 metres (66 ft) and is 30 metres (98 ft) above the rocks below. The bridge is mainly a tourist attraction and is owned and maintained by the National Trust.

In 2009 it had 247,000 visitors. The bridge is open all year round (subject to weather) and people may cross it for a fee.

Address119a Whitepark Road, Ballycastle BT54 6LS

17. Visit Ireland’s Most Beautiful beach – Ballymastocker Beach, Co. Donegal

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Many people would consider this Ireland’s most beautiful beach. A very extensive sandy beach on the shores of Lough Swilly.

It gently slopes towards the Atlantic ocean and is located in a Natural Heritage Area (NHA).

The beach at Portsalon can be reached by travelling northeast in the R246 from Carrowkeel to Portsalon.

AddressR268, Magherawardan, Co. Donegal, Ireland

18. Visit Ireland’s Most Famous Prison – Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

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One of the most famous jails in the world and definitely Ireland’s most famous jail. There are amazing tours every 20 minutes and it is only $2 entry for students.

You will find out that the youngest prisoner in this jail was six years olf and you will learn of the stories and legends of the lives of famous prisoners including the leaders of the Eater Rising 1916 who were executed here.

Many films including the original Italian Job and In the name of the father were filmed here.

AddressInchicore Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, D08 RK28, Ireland

19. Go to Ireland’s Biggest game – All-Ireland GAA final, Croke Park, Dublin

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Anyone who loves sport will love GAA. It is an Irish sporting association which organises and maintains two sports, Gaelic football and Hurling.

The passion of the crowd and the intensity of the game is phenomenal. Preferably an All-Ireland final is THE game to go to but the tickets are like gold-dust!

AddressJones’ Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 3, Ireland

20. Watch Ireland’s Most Iconic dance – The Riverdance

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Riverdance is a theatrical show consisting mainly of traditional Irish music and dance. Featuring Irish Dancing Champions Jean Butler and Michael Flatley, and with a score composed by Limerick native Bill Whelan, it originated as an interval performance during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest.

Shortly afterwards husband and wife production team John McColgan and Moya Doherty expanded it into a stage show, which opened in Dublin on 9 February 1995.

21. Touch the 1916 bullet holes of the GPO, Dublin

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The General Post Office was the headquarters of the Irish Rebellion of 1916 (Easter Rising). It was where the rebels occupied and fought a battle against the British forces in Dublin.

There are still marks on the outside of the building and noticeable bullet holes. By touching these holes you are experiencing some history and it costs nothing so why not!

AddressO’Connell Street Lower, North City, Dublin 1, Ireland

 22. Kiss Ireland’s most famous stone – The Blarney Stone

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The Blarney Stone is a block of Carboniferous limestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney, about 8 kilometres (5 mi) from Cork, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery).

The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The castle is a popular tourist site in Ireland, attracting visitors from all over the world to kiss the stone and tour the castle and its gardens.

AddressBlarney, Cork, Ireland

 23. Visit Ireland’s most scenic ruins – Dunluce Castle, Co. Antrim

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Dunluce Castle is located dramatically close to a headland that plunges straight into the sea, along the North Antrim coast, and was the headquarters of the MacDonnell Clan.

There is archaeological evidence of a village that surrounded the castle which was destroyed by fire in 1641.

The site was also witness to the sinking of a colony ship that broke up on the rocks off Islay in 1857 with the loss of 240 lives. A highlight from our Irish Bucket List.

Address87 Dunluce Rd, Bushmills BT57 8UY

24. Visit The Old Bushmills Distillery, Co. Antrim

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The Old Bushmills Distillery is a distillery in Bushmills, County Antrim. It is owned and operated by Diageo plc, and is a popular tourist attraction, with around 120,000 visitors per year.

According to the company, a distillery by this name was first recorded in 1743, although at the time it was “in the hands of smugglers” (in a quote attributed to Victorian whiskey journalist Alfred Barnard).

Address2 Distillery Rd, Bushmills BT57 8XH

25. Visit Ireland’s Most Beautiful Lake – Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

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A popular day trip from Dublin, Glendalough, or the ‘Valley of Two Lakes’, is one of Ireland’s most prominent monastic sites, nestled in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park.

The 6th-century Christian settlement was founded by St. Kevin and boasts a series of impressive remains set against a backdrop of the picturesque Irish countryside.

Nicknamed ‘the garden of Ireland’, Wicklow is a nature lover’s paradise of rolling meadows, vast lakes and hillsides carpeted in purple heather.

AddressDerrybawn, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

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