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The capital city Dublin is in the East, while the West of Ireland is noted for the wild unspoilt scenery of Connemara and The Burren. Cork and Kerry have dramatic coastal scenery, picturesque villages, and delicious food produce. The Northwest is more rugged, with Yeats Country in Sligo and surfing and rugged coastal scenery in Donegal.

Ireland Cities and Regions


One of the liveliest European capitals with over one million people, Dublin retains the atmosphere of a village – albeit a noisy one. Cultural highlights include world-renowned theaters, free museums and art galleries, and an enormous range of restaurants, coffee shops, and traditional pubs. See our Dublin Travel Guide

East Coast

Go north of Dublin for ancient megalithic Newgrange and other burial sites, and south to walk the hilly Wicklow Way, for the ruins and lakes at Glendalough, or the gardens and golf courses of Wicklow and Kildare. Follow the craft trail in County Kilkenny, visit Medieval Kilkenny city, or go for the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in May/June.

South East

Walk the winding streets of Wexford during the Opera Festival, check out the beautiful beaches around Rosslare and Courtown, or visit the sunny coastal towns of Dunmore East and Dungarvan. Don’t miss a visit to the factory at the House of Waterford Crystal in Waterford.

County Cork

Cork city and county is foodie heaven, with lush pastures producing wonderful beef and fantastic cheeses. Many of Ireland’s best-known restaurants, including Ballymaloe House, are in Cork and the county offers plenty of pretty villages and crumbling castles. West Cork is famed for its stunning scenery as well as its food produce. Cork is also home to the famous Blarney Stone.


Located in the southwest, Kerry is justly famous for the breathtaking scenery around the Ring of Kerry, the Lakes of Killarney, and the Dingle and Beara Peninsulas (the latter stretches into County Cork). Summer festivals, fantastic food (particularly in the pubs and restaurants of Dingle and Kenmare), and the wild Atlantic coastline are the reasons to visit.


For scenery mixed with traditional craic agus ceol (music and fun) visit County Clare on the Atlantic coast. Don’t miss the 702-foot-high Cliffs of Moher and the dramatic limestone plateau of The Burren, go surfing or golfing at Lahinch, or go to any pub in the county for traditional music seisiúns (sessions).


An energetic university town, the city of Galway offers unrivalled pub culture and is the gateway to the soulful, bleak beauty of Connemara – a scarred, rocky landscape filled with peat bogs and lakes. Also in County Galway, The Aran Islands are just a hop away by ferry.

The North West

Utter isolation amid soaring cliffs, dramatic coastlines, craggy islands, and great surf breaks mingles with bustling market towns and villages. Visit W.B. Yeats Country in Sligo, climb Croagh Patrick in Mayo, visit spectacular Glenveigh National Park in Donegal, and see the cliffs at Slieve League, which are among Europe’s highest sea cliffs.

Midlands and Border Area

Visit inland counties such as Cavan, Roscommon, Longford, Westmeath, and Offaly for heritage towns, fishing lakes, inland waterways, and nature trails. Areas of the Midlands are just as pretty as the rest of Ireland, with lakes, rare raised bogs, and ubiquitous green fields to enjoy. Attractions include Birr Castle and the medieval monastery settlement at Clonmacnoise (both in Co. Offaly), and the Slieve Bloom mountains in counties Offaly and Laois.

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