The “land of saints and scholars” Ireland is a wonderfully welcoming country rich in culture. From Mizen Head to Malin Head there are many reason to enjoy a vacation in Ireland ; its friendly people; interesting history, laid-back attitude and rugged landscapes.
Ireland be easily enjoyed as part of an escorted tour or if you fancy exploring the country independently then a fly drive tour is the ideal choice. Ireland self drive tours allow you to discover the country’s many attractions at your own pace, offering you the best way to enjoy the beauty of the county, with the flexibility of being your own driver and choosing your own destinations and regions to travel.
With this in mind we have compiled our top five picks for attractions and tours in Ireland…
1. Dingle Dolphin Tours, Co. Kerry
The Dingle Dolphin Tour is a 1-hour tour navigating through the beautiful Dingle Harbour. This tour is complemented with a visit from Fungie the dolphin and selected Dingle Harbour as his home since 1983. Fungie loves human interaction so there’s no need to be afraid of him. However, great care should be taken when interacting with the dolphin. He has been noticed enjoying his time with swimmers, divers and surfers in the area. Fungie the dolphin has broken a world record for being the longest recorded solitary dolphin on the planet. People of all ages and nationalities come to visit Fungie as he is so friendly with the locals (even Pearce Brosnan) has come to meet Fungie. This tour is definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity exploring the picturesque views of Dingle Harbour.
2. Franciscan Well Brewery Tour
The Franciscan Well Brewery Tour conveys the luxuriousness of craft beer.
The craft beer which they brew can be found in pubs and venues across Ireland becoming a popular drink amongst locals and tourists. The tour of the brewery begins at 6.30 pm daily and lasts for 1.5 hours in length with 45 minutes of the tour being dedicated to the brewing process.
During the tour, there will be tastings of the Franciscan Well beer. If you are feeling peckish, The Franciscan Well provides the most delicious pizzas Cork has to offer!
3. The Aran Islands
The Aran Islands provide opportunities for both camping and glamping. If you love exploring the outdoors, but don’t like sleeping in tents. Glamping may be the perfect option for you on the Aran Islands. You will reside in luxury accommodation. Each Tigín has a mini-kitchen, complete with fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, microwave, plates, cutlery and cups. There’s no doubt that you’ll be able to wrap yourself in luxury!
The views of the Island which can be seen from the Tigíns is a surreal experience overlooks the cinematic islands. You will be able to hear the waves crashing against the rocks while marinated in luxurious comfort.
Eagle Point Camping is located in the heart of West Cork. Located just a 10-minute drive from Bantry town and can be accessed via the bus network. Eagle Point provides self-catering accommodation for both long and short term stays. The campsite provides pitches for motor homes, caravans and tents.
The campsite is perfect for families who are seeking an adventure and for couples who are looking for a getaway to West Cork. In 2020, the campsite is open from April 10 to 14 September. Rates range between €27 and €36 per night depending on your requirements.
The campsite provides water facilities including swimming, boating and fishing along with beautiful scenery. There are also facilities available for children such as playgrounds, football pitches and basketball courts.
A full list of facilities and information can be found on the Eagle Point Camping website
5. Poolbeg Lighthouse, Dublin
Poolbeg Lighthouse is located near Ringsend in Dublin City Centre. There is a 4km walk which is perfect for adventure-seeking enthusiasts. The route spreads out into the middle Dublin Bay along the Great South Wall. The video below will paint a vivid image of the lighthouse. Poolbeg Lighthouse is definitely a Dublin hidden gem!
The track tends to get windy so it’s advised to wrap up!