Wishful Wednesday – My Ultimate Travel Wish: Ireland – 37 Places to Visit and See & Things to Do in Ireland

Until I met hubby I had never left Western NY except to travel across the border 20-30 minutes to Niagara Falls Canada. I can still remember my excitement as I drove over the Pennsylvania state line for the first time in a short trip in search of sparklers and bottle rockets around the 4th of July. I was in my 20’s and actually teared up a little… (Dorky, I know.) I was so excited to see something new and be in a state other than NY, even if it was only for an hour or two. Since then hubby and I have gone to the Thousand Islands in NY, North Carolina (a handful of times – Beautiful Wilmington and Oceanside Topsail Island, Carolina Beach and Nags Head – Love, Love, LOVE), Washington DC/Alexandria VA, and the state of Washington (Seattle, San Juan Island, Forks – words cannot express the beauty).

I feel so blessed to have been able to see the places I have been. The only problem is I yearn to explore and see more! Which brings me to my wish for this Wednesday – to visit and vacation in Ireland!

My great grandparents on my mother’s side are from Ireland (Kilkenny to be exact) and my Grandma Lily always wanted to visit. There is just something that seems tZZZZZZZo pure and magical about Ireland. I would love to someday see the country first hand!

If I am ever lucky enough to visit here are some places I would love to see and things I would love to do while there!

1 – Slieve League Cliffs

#donegal #slieveleaguecliffs #slieveleague #instadonegal

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2 – Classiebawn Castle

3 – Swim Forty Foot

4- Killarney

5 – Lough Gur / Ballyhoura

6 – Kylemore Abbey

7 – Dingle Peninsula

8 – Giant’s Causeway

9 – Ballynoe Stone Circle

10 – Blarney Castle

11 – Dublin

12 – Eas a’ Ranca Waterfall at Ardara

13 – The Dark Hedges Co. Antrim, Bregagh Road5

14 – Knockpatrick Gardens

15 – Ring of Kerry

16 – Steps at Dunluce

17 – The Mermaid’s Cave, located beneath Dunluce Caste

Mermaid’s Cave Underneath the 17th century medieval castle of Dunluce north Antrim coast #MermaidsCave #Dunluce #NorthAmtrimCoast

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18 – Connemara National Park

19 – Glendalough

20 – Dun Angeus, Aran Islands

21 – Skellig Islands

“Did you kno’ the new Star Wars is filmed there?” #skelligs #skelligmichael #ierland #skelligislands

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22 – Horn Head

23 – The Burren

Stacked some rocks for luck. #ireland #theburren

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24 – Game of Thrones Filming Locations

25 – St Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower

26 – Kilkenny Castle

#BTtakeover @goodvybesdaily: Kilkenny was not on my list of “to-do’s” when I set off to travel around the world. Lucky for me, my host in Dublin, Rory, was kind enough to set up a trip for me to check it out. Man, I’m glad he did! The castle was incredible, the town was beautiful, and you really couldn’t ask for much more. My only recommendation would be to check out Glendalough on the way if you’re coming from Dublin. The drive from Glendalough to Kilkenny was roughly 2 hours. It can be done quicker, but we took the scenic route, which was definitely worth it. The first stop we made after getting off the coach bus was to Kilkenny Castle! The castle was enormous and it forced me to move back a number of times to get the entire building in the frame. It’s a really cool feeling getting to see something that was built back in the 90’s. The 1190’s of course. #kilkenny #kilkennycastle #ireland #loveireland

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27 – Black Abbey, Kilkenny

28 – St. Patrick’s Rock of Cashel

29 – Ireland’s Eye / Howth Cliffs

30 -St. Finan’s Bay Beach

31 – Spanish Point

32 – Bundoran Beach

A view from the beach #population2000 #bundoranbeach #ireland

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33 – Lough Corrib

34 – Fastnet Rock

Mother Nature vs man. #theseas #fastnetrock #ocean #lighthouse

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35 – Mangerton Mountain

36 – Newgrange

37 – Quietman Bridge

These are just some of the beautiful places I hope to check out if I am ever lucky enough to visit (although I’d probably have to be there a month+ to see it all!)

Have you been to Ireland? Do you want to go? What places do you want to visit?? Comment below!

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