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6 Must-See Places on a Short Trip to Ireland

If your time in Ireland is short, you’ll want to squeeze as much in as possible, experience the best of what Ireland has to offer and find the perfect Irish accommodation to complement your trip. Here are some of the highlights you can enjoy over a short three-day trip to the Emerald Isle:

Day 1 – Dublin City and Blessington

You’ll most likely be landing in Dublin, Ireland’s capital and home of the black stuff (Guinness of course!). Dublin is well known for its music, huge and numerous tourist attractions and the multicultural and often unusual residents that call this dirty auld townhome. Dublin has had its fair share of famous residents – U2, James Joyce and Phil Lynott to name a few. The architecture is that of timeless grandeur and the Phoenix Park is one of the largest gated green spaces in Europe. Dublin has a bit of everything! 

Blessington, about 40-minutes’ drive from Dublin, lies a very beautiful and serene part of Ireland. Wicklow is famous for its dramatic beauty, the peaceful nature of the Wicklow Mountains and the breath-taking scenery along the coast. It’s also home to one of the most picturesque spots in Ireland, Blessington Lakes whose picture-perfect beauty is often captured in postcard form. It’s also home to Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort, a stunning traditional Irish country hotel and your perfect Wicklow accommodation.

Day 2 – Kilkenny and Waterford

Next, a visit to the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East with a trip to the picturesque Kilkenny. Kilkenny is known as the Marble City because of the distinctive black marble used in many of its buildings. The city has a medieval feel with well-maintained and preserved old buildings and a rich history to match. Its cultural history involves some very talented traditional music, a formidable history in Ireland’s national sport, Hurling, and the friendliest inhabitants you could wish for. 

Waterford is the oldest city in Ireland, having been founded in 914AD! If you want to see the true roots of Ireland, visit the county famed for its blue skies and spectacular coastline and beaches, dotted with the cutest and quaintest towns along the way. The county is famed worldwide for its production of Waterford Crystal, a staple in every Irish household and a truly stunning gift. Waterford is a county filled with talent, sports and brimming with old Irish culture.

Day 3 – Kerry and Cork

Another county famed for its beauty, Kerry or “the Kingdom” as it often called, is most well- known for its rich history in Irish language and music, its fantastic mountains and coasts and of course, the famous ‘Ring of Kerry’. The Ring of Kerry is a 179km circular route around the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry in South Western Ireland taking in some of the most scenic views and with unrivaled views across the Atlantic. It takes about 3.5 hours to drive non-stop but it’s better to take your time and enjoy some stops along the way.

After a tiring but rewarding few days in Ireland, take a breather in the Peoples Republic of Cork and soak up the character offered by this colourful city. Cork is nicknamed the ‘The Rebel County’ due to a history of defiance and independence from the Viking invasions to the Irish War of Independence. The locals might be a little difficult to understand at first but once you get to know them, a warm and hilarious welcome is usually on the cards. While there, visit and kiss the Blarney Stone to receive ‘the gift of the gab’. When you’re done there, Cork International Airport is on your doorstep for your return trip.

Katie McGarr is a full-time travel blogger which means writing adventures, travel spots, and accommodation reviews is her bread and butter. She currently writes for Tulfarris Hotel Wicklow, one of the most picturesque hotels and golf resorts in the city.

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