A family vacation in Ireland can be a dream come true for many people. And yet, during the planning stages of a family trip to Ireland, so many people struggle to determine where they should visit. I understand how difficult it can be since this country is large. And I understand why many families simply choose to spend their entire vacation in Dublin. However, if you don’t plan on vacationing in Ireland more than once, you really need to explore more of the countryside. Today, I am going to share the gorgeous destinations in Ireland that should be on your must-see list. I guarantee you will make memories in every one of these destinations in Ireland with your family.
The Cliffs of Moher are over in County Clare. If you are spending time in Galway, these cliffs are not too far away. These cliffs are four hundred feet high. They continue down the Atlantic coastline for five miles. The views from these cliffs are stunning. I recommend you take the time to visit these cliffs if possible. In fact, they will be one of the first things I recommend adding to your itinerary when I personalize it for your family trip. After all, seeing the Cliffs of Moher is one of the best things to do in Ireland!
Since I just mentioned Galway, I thought you should know that it is one of the best destinations in Ireland. It is an incredible place to spend a couple days, as you all wander along the cobblestone streets. A couple of the more notable attractions in Galway include the Spanish Arch and the Claddagh.
Kilkenny is one of the smallest cities in Ireland. That is why so many people skip past it during their travels. However, if you can manage to stop by, even just for a few minutes, you will be rewarded with the beauty of medieval buildings and small shops. Oh, and a visit is the only way you can see Kilkenny Castle.
Inishowen is the best place to view the Northern Lights in Ireland. You must plan your family vacation carefully if you want to capture these dancing lights in the sky. However, if you miss your chance, this peninsula destination is still incredible. Especially if you plan to drive the Wild Atlantic Way.
This peninsula points out into the Atlantic Ocean. It is full of rolling green hills, sheep, and cliffs looming over the water. A visit here can have you taking a ferry out to the Blasket Islands. Those islands are where Irish writers spent their time being productive. Nowadays, the only thing left on the islands is the heritage museum. Visit it to see how much has changed over the years.
Benbulben Mountain is where all families who love hiking will want to go during their vacation in Ireland. Paved trails will allow everyone in your family to hike to the top of the mountain. While you are up there, try to draw some inspiration like Yeats did while writing his poetry.
You were totally wrong if you thought you couldn’t go to the beach while on a family vacation in Ireland. Coral Beach can be found in Carraroe in County Galway. This isn’t your typical sandy beach though. It is a beach filled with coral, so make sure you are all wearing the appropriate shoes.
Water shoes are best, so you can wander around the rock pools. You can go swimming and snorkeling at this beach in Ireland. Pack your bathing suits and towels if you think this is a possibility.
Ireland is quite green (probably from all the rain). However, you can find some other shades of color scattered throughout the country. One of the best destinations in Ireland for color is Kinsale. You will find this charming fishing town in County Cork. All the pubs, galleries, stores, and homes are painted bright colors. It is just what you need for a few memorable selfies of your family vacation.
Killarney National Park is forty-one square miles. It is located in County Kerry. This is the only place in the country where you can see wild red deer. These deer have been living in Ireland since the Ice Age.
Keep your camera ready for the deer, as well as all the reflective lakes you will see. Another popular destination is the Torc Waterfall. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the beauty of this national park in Ireland.
If you are ready for an extreme workout, head out to Skellig Michael in County Kerry. Your family must take a boat ride out to this island. The ride can be rough at times, but worth the effort.
Once you reach the island, you can climb the six hundred steps that lead to the 6th century monastery. See, I said you would get an extreme workout during this adventure! And yes, once you reach the top, you must go back down all those steps to get back to the mainland.
In County Cork, you will find the quaint town of Cobh. Dozens of cruise ships stop in this town every year. As long as you arrive at a different time than the cruise ships, you will find this to be a peaceful town. Take the time to wander amongst the colorful homes before heading over to the cathedral that looms over the harbor.
One of the most popular attractions in this town is the commemorative museum that shares details of the Titanic. The ship was supposed to arrive here for its final stop.
These are the gorgeous destinations in Ireland you will want to consider adding to your itinerary during your family vacation. I can easily add many of them as I am personalizing the itinerary for your family trip. All you need to do is tell me what your family is interested in seeing and doing during this memorable time away from home. I will then have you all making the memories that matter, as you explore this beautiful country.
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