8 Must See Places in Ireland & Northern Ireland
5. Belfast City - Northern Ireland
Belfast is Northern Ireland's beautiful and infamous capital. Belfast is known for its history of political and religious unrest. A great way to Belfast is to book a black cab tour. The cabs will take you to a 1.5 hour guided tour of the city and Belfast's political murals. Learn the city's industrial roots and see Belfast's top attractions including; Belfast Dock and the Harland, and Wolff shipyard. Check out the Titanic Museum when you have time!
P.S - Northern Ireland uses Pound-UK money while the rest uses Euro. Do not worry! most places in Ireland accepts credit cards in case you didn't bring cash.
6. Giant's Causeway & Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
In crossing the border to Northern Ireland, drive along Ireland's wild, rocky coast for some jaw-dropping sea views. Experience one of Ireland's great geological marvels, the UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Giant's Causeway. The most efficient way to get to Giant's Causeway is through a tour company and will take you approximately 4 hours.
You will also catch a view of the Dunluce Castle, a medieval construction that's also known as the "House of Greyjoy" in Game of Thrones - The Iron island.
A walk to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is something you must try if heights is something that doesn’t scare you easily. The 80 foot high bridge was invigorating. Seeing it in person up close did not scare me until when I was actually on it! It was definitely an adrenaline booster.
7. Blarney Castle & Cork
Visiting the rolling green hills of the Irish countryside is truly a must. A visit in Blarney Castle, on the way to Cork, is definitely worth it. The Blarney Castle is famous for the enchanting Blarney Stone, which grant those who kiss it. Be sure to wear shoe with good grip for the climb up to the stone is narrow, spiral and a bit slippery.
After the castle, do not forget to stop by at Cork City. Explore the English markets and take a stop to see St. Finn Bar's Cathedral to admire that colossal and the sacred structure.
8. Kilkenny & Glendalough
Kilkenny and Glendalough is the south-easy famous attractions in Ireland. This was a trip we didn't get to complete due to I caught a fever during my trip. Thank goodness it only lasted a day and I was fine before coming back to the states.
Kilkenny is a perfect day trip from Dublin due to it is only an hour and a half away. It is known best for its medieval city, a beautiful castle, and a town that is full of crafty shops. The Kilkenny Castle was built in 12th century and is truly a magical spot. Tour the castle at your own pace and discover the gorgeous rose garden surrounding the area.
Glendalough is the perfect place for those who love nature, hiking and historical sites. Glendalough literally translates into "valley of two lake", which is exactly what you will find during a hike. During a hike, you will find views of waterfalls as well. This is also a great spot for a picnic on a sunny day, so bring your snacks!
Ireland is a beautiful country. A safe place with great locals. If solo traveling is in your list, Ireland will be a great choice. I felt safe the entire time I was there. Just remember to always be cautious.