Top Destinations Ireland

Best Places to Visit and Holiday in Ireland

Ireland is home to some of the worlds best scenery, friendliest cities, heritage and UNESCO sites, walking trails, cycling routes, scenic driving routes, beaches, golf courses, fishing, famous literary giants, Mythology, Folklore, family holiday destinations, Movie filming locations and more.  Hopefully our Top lists and Best of Travel Guides can help you choose your perfect holiday destination in Ireland, give you plenty of holiday ideas and itineraries and also help you plan your vacation, day trip or weekend away.  

Ireland regularly makes it in the Top 10 worldwide travel destinations from a wide range of influential travel guide publications including Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor, National Geographic, online travel blogs and other large news publications. Some recent accolades include:

Ireland’s Top Travel Destinations 

Like Ireland’s worldwide awards, there are also numerous Top 10 and Top 20 lists of the top destinations, tourist towns and places to visit in Ireland from a variety of Irish and international influential travel guide publications. For example Tripadvisors Top 10 Destinations in Ireland 2015 were 1) Killarney, 2) Dublin, 3) Dingle, 4) Galway, 5) Donegal, 6) Westport, 7) Cork, 8) Sligo, 9) Doolin, 10) Tralee.  

ActiveMe looked at a variety of factors which influence a Top Travel Destination including nearby attractions, places to see, things to do, scenery, the destination as a base to explore the nearby area, family friendliness, atmosphere, value for money, the number of people searching our travel guides and more. The ActiveMe Top Destinations in Ireland 2015 are: 

1) Killarney, Co. Kerry – south west of Ireland 

Killarney Race Course, Kerry, Ireland - Lakes of Killarney, Ross Castle_National Park and Mountains

2) Westport, Co. Mayo – west of Ireland

Clew Bay, Westport, Co. Mayo, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland Top Holiday Destination ActiveME

 3) Valentia Island, Co. Kerry – south west of Ireland

Bray Head, Valentia Island, Ring of Kerry, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

4) Kinsale, Co. Cork – south of Ireland 

Kinsale Aerial Photo, Co. Cork, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

5) Dublin City – east of Ireland


6) Galway City – west of Ireland

Eyre Square, Galway, Wild Atlantic Way_Ireland_ccl_regardsgerard

7) Tralee, Co. Kerry – south west of Ireland

Fenit Lighthouse, near Tralee, Co. Kerry on the Wild Atlantic Way by Kirk Kelly via facebook

8) Inishowen, Co Donegal – north of Ireland

Five Fingers Strand from Oagh Island, Inishowen, Donegal Wild Atlantic Way ccl.daz

9) Kilkee, Loop Head, Co. Clare – west of Ireland

Kilkee Cliffs from Dunlicka, Loop Head Cycle Loop and Heritrage Trail, Clare, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

 10) Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny – midlands of Ireland

Kilkenny-Castle, Co Kilkenny Irelands Ancient East

11) Waterford City, Co. Waterford – south east of Ireland

Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city Viking Heritage, Copper Coast, Irelands Ancient East

12) Causeway Coast, Co. Antrim – north west of Northern Ireland

Causaway Coastline, Ballycastle, Co, Antrim - Northern Ireland

13) West Cork Peninsula’s – south west of Ireland

Mizen Head Cliffs, Cork, Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way by Valerie O'Sullivan Top Destinations

14) Achill Island, Co Mayo – north west of Ireland

Croaghaun Cliffs and Bunnafreva Lough West Corrie Lake, Achill Island, Co Mayo, Ireland Wild Atlantic Way

 15) Blessington Lakes, Co. Wicklow – Midlands

Ballyknockan Granite Wall known as The Lane, Irelands Ancient East

16) Gougane Barra and Drimoleague, West Cork – south west 


 17) Aran Islands, Co. Galway – west of Ireland

Dun Aengus Fort, Aran Islands, Co. Galway Wild Atlantic Way - Failte Ireland Tourism Ireland

18) Munster Vales Region, Co. Tipperary, Cork, Limerick, Waterford 

Rock of Cashel Tipperary, Castle in Irelands Ancient East

19) Lakelands, Co Leitrim and Fermanagh – mid north of Ireland 


20) Sligo – north west of Ireland

Benbulben in County Sligo