A Very Brief Engineer's Tourist Guide to Ireland

Sweep away the cobwebs and book a trip to the beautiful island of Ireland.

Ireland, otherwise known as "The Emerald Isle" has a long and fascinating history. It also happens to be one of the most beautiful and interesting places to visit in the world. 

With that in mind, you might want to consider taking a break and exploring the island of Ireland

Please note the following is not intended to be a comprehensive guide and will only be concerned with the Republic of Ireland, not the equally fascinating and visit-worthy Northern Ireland.

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What city in Ireland is best to visit?

Apart from Dublin and Limerick, there are some other great cities you really should consider visiting in Ireland. Any of the following is a great choice: -

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  • Kinsale

  • Bunratty

  • Galway

  • Adare

  • Cork

  • Dingle

  • Sligo

What is the most beautiful place in Ireland?

Ireland is one of the most beautiful places in the world. While the weather can be a challenge, you definitely want to consider checking out any of the following: -

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  • Skellig Islands. 
  • Aran Islands. 

  • Glenveagh National Park. 
  • The Burren. 
  • Connemara National Park. 
  • Glendalough.
  • Cooley Peninsula.

What is the best way to see Ireland?

One of the best ways to see any country is to jump in a car and get out and explore. But if you want a ready-made itinerary for a "perfect" tour of Ireland you might want to check out wanderlustcrew.com's guide. 

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Some of their suggested stop-offs include, but are not limited to: -

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  1. County Waterford & County Wexford.
  2. Cork & Blarney Castle.
  3. Killarney.
  4. Dingle Peninsula. 
  5. The Burren National Park & Cliffs of Moher.
  6. Galway. 

Is Ireland expensive to visit?

This will completely depend on your expectations for your visit. Do you want to stay in hotels or are you willing to rough it a bit?

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But according to sites like moneywehave.com, a typical trip to Ireland will cost around $2865 per person for a single week. 

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What are some great places to visit in Ireland?

Here are 5 suggestions for places to visit in Ireland. Of course, with such a wealth of great places to visit the following are by no means an exhaustive list. 

1. Why not check out Trinity College in Dublin?

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Source: Diliff/Wikimedia Commons

Trinity College is Ireland's oldest university and was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. It also happens to be one of the world's most beautiful and prestigious educational institutions in the world. 

The college was once built outside the city walls, but today lies in the heart of the modern city. Notable alumni include the author of Dracula Bram Stoker, the famous poet and dramatist Oscar Wilde, the inventor of the modern steam turbine Charles Algernon Parsons and many others. 

Its library is of particular interest. It is one of the best stocked and magnificent pieces of architecture you are ever likely to see. 

"It is a legal deposit or "copyright library", which means that publishers in Ireland must deposit a copy of all their publications there, free of charge." - Wikipedia. 

The library's "Long Room" was built in the early 1800s and holds around 200,000 of the library's oldest books and documents. 

2. Be sure to visit the Guinness Brewery in Dublin

Since you are already in Dublin if you took our advice on Trinity College, why not check out the Guinness Brewery? Their tour is absolutely fascinating and culminates in a pint of Guinness with an unparalleled view of Dublin. 

Called the Guinness Storehouse, the tour has a magnificent exhibition that tracks the company's 250-year history. 

It was founded in 1759 and its products have become world-renowned. The brewery became the largest brewery in Ireland in 1838 and one of the largest in the world by the late 1800s.

While we have highlighted the Guinness Brewery here, you should also consider visiting any one of the whiskey distilleries in the city. To be honest, the entire city, especially Grafton Street, should also be on your list of places to visit in Ireland.

3. Go to Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone

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Another of Ireland's most famous tourist destinations is the Blarney Stone. You can find it in the high tower of Blarney Castle that is just a stone's throw from the city of Cork (also worth checking out).

The stone, if you are not aware, is reputed to endow the famed Irish eloquence ("gift of the gab") to those who hang their head over the parapet and kiss it. This stone, which now forms part of the battlements of the castle, is actually a piece of Carboniferous limestone and we'll let you decide if it is really imbued with the powers claimed. 

Kiss the stone at your peril, however. Be careful what you wish for!

The castle itself was built over 600 years ago by the Irish chieftain Cormac McCarthy. It is definitely worth taking the tour.

4. Take a trip to Limerick

Situated on the banks of the River Shannon, Limerick is one of the best places to visit in Ireland. It was one of the country's first cities to hold the title of "National City of Culture", and is bristling with interesting cultural hotspots. 

Apart from its impressive medieval castle, the city offers visitors a wealth of historical, cultural and artistic gems. If you are after a great nightlife Limerick is also a great choice for a night out. 

You are on holiday so why not push the boat out? "Ah go on!" 

5. Cliffs of Moher are a must-see

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The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's essential places to visit for any tourist. You'll be hard-pressed to find somewhere as dramatic and beautiful anywhere in the world.

Rising defiantly out of the Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher are a real inspiration to anyone with even a passing interest in natural beauty. The rise for a few hundred meters out of the sea and offer dramatic and awe-inspiring views of the Irish coastland and the Aran Islands out at sea.

The cliffs are one of Ireland's most popular tourist spots and they can be found around a 30-minute drive from Galway (also worth a visit). 

The cliffs stretch for around eight kilometers along the Atlantic so clear out some cobwebs and take a hike. You'll really be disappointed if you miss out seeing one of the most beautiful landscapes anywhere in the world. 

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