Irish Bucket List: 20 things to do in Ireland before you die

Are you looking to plan the ultimate trip to the beautiful Emerald Isle? Whether you are backpacking Ireland or taking an epic Irish road trip, here is our Irish Bucket List with the top 20 things to do in Ireland before you die!

Ireland, a country known for its green fields, friendly people and mighty craic, is one of the most beautiful places on earth. From beaches to mountains, quaint towns, beautiful monuments and exquisite scenery, Ireland really does have it all.

Over ten million people flock to the Emerald Isle every year, to see what Ireland has to offer. With so much to see and do in Ireland, it can be difficult to decide where to begin, but we have narrowed it down to the 20 best things to do in Ireland before you die!

20. Cross the wobbly Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge – for a trek of coastal cliffs

The Carrick a Rede rope bridge, one for the Irish Bucket List.

Brave the elements as you cross this 20 metre (66ft) long rope bridge as the wild Atlantic Ocean crashes against the rocks beneath you. This spectacular site is one of Northern Ireland’s most loved attractions!

Address119a Whitepark Road Ballintoy, County, Antrim, Ballycastle BT54 6LS, United Kingdom

19. Go stargazing in Mayo – get lost in the dark skies

Mayo Dark Sky Park showcases some of the darkest and most pristine skies in the world. With thousands of stars, planets, and meteor showers all visible with the naked eye this is a must-do on your Irish Bucket List.

AddressBallycroy, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland

18. Take a hike in Glendalough – the beauty of the Wicklow Mountains

Get lost in the beauty of the Irish countryside as you explore the beautiful Wicklow Mountains. This glacial valley region is home to a monastic settlement and one of the most photographed lakes in Ireland.

AddressCo. Wicklow, Ireland

17. Pour a pint at the Guinness Storehouse – pour your own pint

The famous gates to the Guinness Storehouse.

Try your hand at pouring the perfect pint of Guinness at the home of the “black stuff” itself! Then enjoy your pint overlooking the city of Dublin.

AddressThe Liberties, Dublin 8

 16. Cycle the Great Western Greenway – marvel at the Mayo coast

The longest off-road cycling route in Ireland takes in some of the most beautiful sites and scenery that the coast of Mayo has to offer. With views of the 365 islands of Clew Bay, the Nephin Beg mountains and stunning bog land there is no cycle route quite like it.

Starting Point: In Westport an official access point is located to the right just off the N59 traveling in the direction of Newport approximately 500m from Westport town centre.

15. See the last port-of-call for the Titanic – no place like Cobh

The town of Cobh in County Cork, the last port of call for the Titanic and one for the Irish Bucket List.

The final passengers boarded the ill-fated Titanic in the picturesque town of Cobh over a hundred years ago. Take a tour of the original White Star Line Ticket Office which has since been converted into the Titanic Experience before exploring the beauty of Cobh.

Address20 Casement Square, Kilgarvan, Cobh, Co. Cork, P24 DW63

14. Take a trip on Ireland’s only cable car – traverse the Atlantic Ocean

Connecting mainland Ireland to Dursey Island, this cable car is the only one that traverses open seawater in all of Europe. Marvel at the often-treacherous Atlantic Ocean as you travel overhead.

AddressBallaghboy, Co. Cork

13. Learn some Irish in the Gaeltacht – immerse yourself in Gaelic culture

All along the West Coast are rural communities where Irish is still the spoken language. Try your hand at learning a “cúpla focail” (a few words) in this ancient language, or you can even join one of the many Irish language courses!

12. Visit the Blasket Islands – one for the Irish Bucket List

These now-uninhabited islands are renowned around the world for their rugged beauty and wilderness. Accessed by boat these remote islands are a haven for wildlife and artistic inspiration, and are definitely one for the Irish Bucket List.

11. Watch the winter solstice at Newgrange – Ireland’s Ancient East

Newgrange is a 5,000-year-old piece of Stone-Age architecture that is illuminated by the sun six days of the year. Access to this spectacular event is determined by a lottery but it is definitely something to put on your Irish Bucket List!

AddressNewgrange, Donore, Co. Meath

10. Visit the Cliffs of Moher – Ireland’s premier tourist attraction

The famous Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, another trip for the Irish Bucket List.

Stretching along the Atlantic coast of Clare, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most visited attractions. These towering cliffs accompanied by the Atlantic waves make it a truly magical experience. 

AddressLislorkan North, Liscannor, Co. Clare, V95 KN9T

9. Watch cliff-diving on Inis Mór – force of the ocean

The Serpents Lair is a natural pool that has been carved out by the force of the ocean. This mesmerising site has been part of the Red Bull Cliff Diving Series and is frequented by some of the world’s best cliff divers.

AddressKilmurvy, Co. Galway

8. Climb Skellig Michael – may the force be with you

Skellig Michael, where Star Wars was recently filmed.

As one of Ireland’s most unique destinations this remote and rocky island came to prominence after it appeared in Star Wars and is a must see on any road trip of Ireland. With only 180 people allowed per day to climb this UNESCO World Heritage Site, this needs to be booked well in advance!

Address: Na Scealaga, Ireland

7. Drive the Wild Atlantic Way – for the best of the West of Ireland

This 2,500 kilometre (1,553 miles) route takes you on a journey along the west of Ireland. Starting in Donegal this driving route takes you all the way the seaside town of Kinsale. Take in the many beaches, cliffs, islands and the wild Atlantic Ocean itself. Check out these tips for driving in Ireland before you do this one!

6. Be mesmerised by Dunluce Castle – coastal castle ruins

Situated on the dramatic cliffs of Co. Antrim, these castle ruins remind you of something out of Game of Thrones. This is undoubtedly one of the most impressive sites of a castle in Ireland and is a must for your Irish Bucket List.

Address87 Dunluce Rd, Bushmills BT57 8UY

5. Watch some big wave surfing at Mullaghmore – legendary Sligo surfing spot

The Mullaghmore Beach in County Sligo. Surfing is popular here and is one for the Irish Bucket List.

Unbeknownst to many, Ireland is home to one of the world’s best big-surf destinations. This legendary Sligo surf spot attracts some of the most experienced surfers in the world and it is an absolute thrill to witness!

AddressThe Woods, Co. Sligo, Ireland

4. Test your nerves at Leap Castle – world’s most haunted castle

As Ireland’s most haunted castle, Leap Castle has more than its fair share of spirits. Steeped in a history of murder and betrayal this eerie site will certainly test your nerves. Enter if you dare.

AddressR421, Leap, Roscrea, Co. Offaly

3. Kayak the inland waterways – for a new perspective of the Emerald Isle

Discover the lakes and rivers of Ireland by kayak. With kayaking tours operating up and down the country, exploring by kayak gives you a whole new perspective of Ireland!

2. Feel the sand between your toes at Keem Bay – a photographer’s dream

Keem Bay on Achill Island, Mayo.

Often quoted as being one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Keem Bay is a photographer’s dream. These crystal-clear waters make it perfect for snorkelling and exploring the waters below.

AddressKeel West, Keem, Co. Mayo

1. Visit the Giants Causeway – steeped in Irish mythology

The Giant's Causeway, the number one attraction for the Irish Bucket List.
Credit: Giuseppe Milo / Flickr

It is no surprise that the Giants Causeway is number one of our Irish Bucket List, with these unique rock formations attracting visitors from all over the globe. This natural phenomenon is surrounded by myths and legends, but it is its beauty that supersedes these.

AddressBushmills BT57 8SU, United Kingdom

Aoife O'Mara
Aoife O'Mara
Aoife O'Mara is a travel-hungry 21-year-old from East Clare. Having returned from a gap year in Melbourne, she discovered a newfound appreciation for the place she calls home. Now studying communications and media production in Griffith College Dublin, she is also writing for the university's magazine. When not dreaming about future trips and adventures, she can be found petting dogs, exploring Ireland's lakes and rivers, and taking photos.

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