So you're thinking about visiting Ireland, but you want to know what to see and what to do? Good.
You're in the right place.
I'm Alex, and we are Vagabrothers, your go-to guide for travel vlog tips and inspiration here on YouTube.
We have been to Ireland a number of times.
Yep, we've been all the way around the country, and in this video we're going to share our favorite places from across the Emerald Isle.
So, we've traveled to Ireland a couple of times.
We've seen all around the coast, both in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
We've made two full vlog series with something like a dozen videos, so if you want to check out the full videos at any time, you can by clicking up on these links.
But in the meantime, we're going to try to distill all that travel experience into the top 10 things to do in Ireland So, If you find this video helpful, please give it a thumbs -up, share it with your friends, and if you're not subscribed already, make sure to subscribe and turn on notifications.
So, With no further ado, the top 10 things to do in Ireland.
it so most likely you're to start off in Dublin.
Dublin is an amazing city; it's beautiful; it's got tons of nightlife, and you pretty much have a lot of the best things from Ireland in one spot.
So, more likely than not, you're going to go to the Guinness Storehouse.
It's basically where they make and store Guinness; it's an amazing tourist attraction.
It's definitely very busy, but it's popular for a reason; it was ranked the best tourist attraction in all of Europe, beating out Versailles and everything.
Alex did get this shirt there.
It's worth a visit, for sure.
While you're at it, head over to Trinity College, beautiful campus, but also the home of the Book of Kells, this priceless manuscript made by Irish monks over a thousand years ago that basically protected a wealth of knowledge through the Dark Ages and saved it for us to gawk at nowadays.
It's beautiful but for more tips on Dublin, make sure you check out our top 10 things to do in Dublin by clicking up here.
Next stop the Wild Atlantic Way.
This coastal road goes from the tip of Ireland in the north all the way down to the bottom, and it is an amazing way to get a real taste of what Ireland is.
From Dublin a good place to start is Sligo that gives you the option going north towards Northern Ireland or south towards Galway, but just go out there and get lost.
The west coast of Ireland is extremely remote.
There're tons of isolated capes and cool little quirky villages that you can go check out.
Specific destinations along the Wild Atlantic Way, we really love the town of Strandhill.
It's got this chilled out surf vibe, big old beach.
You can take surf lessons there.
After having a surf, head over to Voya Seaweed Baths and try the traditional Irish remedy of a steaming hot seaweed bath in salt water.
It will rejuvenate the soul, and it will make you silky smooth.
Another place you have to visit on the Wild Atlantic Way is Slieve League.
This is just north of Sligo; they're the highest cliffs in Ireland and the highest sea cliffs in Europe.
They dwarf the Cliffs of Moher.
The Cliffs of Moher ain't got nothing, nothing on Slieve League.
It's really cool.
Slieve League is infinitely less crowded than the Cliffs of Moher, and this place is Instagram gold.
So, grab your camera, grab your travel buddy, and head to Slieve League before it gets totally blown up.
Just don't get too close to those cliffs.
It's a long way down.
Next stop the city of Galway.
Galway is a university town on the west coast of Ireland.
It's super funky.
I think it wins the funky award for Ireland.
It's got street art, tons of musicians.
I believe it's one of the most musical cities in Ireland, in the world.
I think it's got the busking capital of the world.
That being said, it's home to artists, musicians, killer restaurants, and it's a great place to base yourself for exploring the surrounding area.
so, Galway is one of the best places to experience traditional Irish language known as Gaelic.
Just north of the city is a cultural center named Connects Swain in a renovated old village.
or you can also just experience live music at bars like the Crane in downtown Galway.
Galway is also known for its oysters.
To sample these little beauties, head to Morans on the Weir.
It's an oyster cottage in an old traditional building.
It's been around for hundreds of years, and you can get a serious seafood platter there.
Also, restaurants like Kai and Aniar in Galway City serve up some delicious meals, so don't miss out.
Alright, next stop the Aran Islands, not to be confused with the Iron Islands, which were also filmed in Ireland for Game of Thrones.
The Aran Islands are next to Galway.
Most people from Galway would go to Cliffs of Moher, but we would suggest going to Aran Island.
It's a short plane ride away or a ferry right from Galway, and it's a really cool Island that preserves ancient style of Irish life.
If you're into adrenaline activities, head to the Aran Islands because Red Bull used to host the cliff-diving World Championships there at a place called the Worm, this perfect natural swimming pool with a very large cliff jump.
After that head down the Wild Atlantic Way to County Cork.
County Cork is the birthplace of the local food movement in Ireland.
It is the breadbasket of the country and home to tons of amazing local producers.
In sample local Irish cheese at places like Gubbeen, or you can go kayaking along the amazing coastlines.
Through all this crazy rocks and then harvest seaweed to bring back and cook with.
The southwest of Ireland actually catches the tail end of the jet stream, so it's quite temperate and beautiful little coastal towns like Kinsale make a great place to stop before heading in to Cork City, which is full of history from Ireland's battle with the English for independence.
Alright next up: Belfast.
As you might know, Ireland has been independent from the UK for about a hundred years, but it still remains divided into two separate countries about 80% is in the south, known as the Republic of Ireland, and 20% of the land it belongs to the UK as Northern Ireland Capital of Northern Ireland is Belfast and until a couple decades ago, it was completely ravaged by guerrilla warfare, car bombs, and all sorts of partisan violence.
Thankfully, Northern Ireland is now experiencing peace, and one of the best ways to learn about the history and also see how the city is healing its wounds is by going on a street art tour, which shows how murals that were once political have now become an artistic way of bringing closure to this troubling period.
Are there any Game of Thrones fans out there? Of course, because if you're not a Game of Thrones fan, what are you doing with your life, seriously? Reading books.
Well then, you could have read the books.
If you are a Game of Thrones fans, then visiting Northern Ireland should be at the top of your bucket list because a lot of the filming locations for Game of Thrones are in Northern Ireland, including the real-life Winterfell where you can dress up in like bear skin cloaks, take swords, learn how to shoot bows and arrows and basically be a part of the family Stark for a day .
Also one of the super cool things is that they have the dire wolves here from the Stark family.
So, look at this guy.
What's his name? This is Thor What's the breed? It's a Northern Inuit, Not only is there Winterfell, but the film locations for the Iron Islands for the kingsroad and that crazy scene in the very beginning of the show season1, episode 1, scene 1, where they find all those dismembered wildlings and then people start getting eaten.
I won't spoil it for you if you haven't seen it, but that place is there too.
Another must visit spot in Northern Ireland is Giant's Causeway.
It's about an hour and a half outside of Belfast.
It's a natural rock formation, and according to myth, it was created by two Giants who were fighting.
To learn more and to see us embarrass ourselves in public, click that video.
Just down the road from the Giant's Causeway is the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, a really cool little rope bridge linking a headland that used to be the home of a salmon fisherman.
Now, it is like one of the ultimate Instagram spots, and if you're Marko, it's a great place to get a Tinder profile picture.
Right, Bro? No Bro.
Bumble As your trip comes to an end, you're going to want a souvenir to bring some of Ireland home with you.
Luckily, there're tons of options, everything from amazing whiskies like Jamesons or Bushmills to the beautiful craft work that has undergone an amazing revitalization- revival in recent years.
The best place to find this is in the capital.
They're stores like Indigo Cloth and the Irish Design Shop.
They have some really cool products from all across the country.
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