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6 Places to visit in Ireland that aren’t Dublin

There is more to visit in Ireland than just Dublin. While the Temple Bar District and Trinity College are incredible, some of the top sights are outside of the city.

Ireland offers something for everyone, and here are six places you’ll want to experience for yourself.

Cliffs of Moher

People at Ireland's Cliffs of Moher on a partially cloudy day.

Visit Cliffs of Moher on Member Choice VacationsCountryside of the Emerald Isle tour

One must-see sight along the Wild Atlantic Way is the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. The UNESCO Global Geopark is one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions and well worth the hype.

There is a long stretch of vertical cliff edge above the crashing blue waves below. Visitors can hike along the marked coastline trail to explore the striking landscape formed over 320 million years ago.

Killarney National Park

man at Killarney National Park

Explore Killarney National Park on Member Choice VacationsShades of Ireland tour

If you rent a car in Ireland, head to the famous driving the Ring of Kerry. The famous driving route takes you to Killarney National Park, where you can see mountains, lakes, woodlands, and waterfalls.

For a short hike, visit the towering Torc Waterfall. It is only a five-minute walk from the parking lot to the viewing platform.

Another great choice is the Ladies View, which is one of the best-known views of the Killarney. The easy-to-reach lookout point offers a panoramic view of the rugged landscape, including the Middle and Lower Lakes. But the main attraction of the park is Muckross House and Gardens, where you can go on a tour of the majestic building and lush gardens.

Rock of Cashel

Aerial view of the Rock of Cashel, also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick's Rock, is a historic irish abbey in Tipperary county, Ireland

Visit the Rock of Cashel on Member Choice VacationsIrish Splendour tour

Rock of Cashel is one of Ireland’s most visited tourist attractions and feels like stepping back in time. The archaeological site has several medieval buildings. Including a 12th-century round tower, the ruins of a Romanesque chapel, a Gothic cathedral, and a castle.

According to legend, St. Patrick converted King Aenghus to Christianity here. While visiting the castle’s Hall of the Vicars, you can see the original cross of St. Patrick.

Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, County Galway

See Kylemore Abbey with Member Choice Vacations’ Shades of Ireland itinerary

For the perfect afternoon adventure in Connemara, head to the picturesque Kylemore Abbey. You can tour the beautiful abbey that looks like a fairy tale castle. Then you can stretch your legs and explore the magnificent Victorian walled garden bursting withsweet-smelling flowers and herbs.

The Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland

Explore the Giant’s Causeway on Member Choice Vacations‘ The Best of Ireland tour

No visit to Northern Ireland’s coastline would be complete without seeing the striking Giant’s Causeway. It is a surreal sight, with approximately 40,000 hexagonal-shaped stones. Here you can have fun walking on the unique rocks that look out of this world.

Powerscourt House and Gardens

Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow, Ireland

Visit the Powerscourt House and Gardens on Member Choice VacationsShades of Ireland featuring Northern Ireland tour

Only 35-minutes from Dublin is the Powerscourt House and Gardens. It is the filming location for many television shows and movies, including The Count of Monte Cristo, Ella Enchanted, The Tudors, King Arthur, and Fate: The Winx Saga.

While visiting, you can tour the opulent estate, the 121-metre-tall cascading waterfall and breathtaking formal gardens full of statues and terraces.

Plan your vacation with CAA Travel

Are you planning a trip to Ireland? Book an appointment with a CAA Travel Consultant or call 1-800-705-1803 for expert travel advice or to book your vacation.

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