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Ireland is a top tourist destination for many around the world, especially for those with Irish ancestry. The small island country in the North Atlantic is known for its laid-back attitude and friendly approach to tourists. Although Ireland is small, there is a lot to see and do. These are just some of the best ways to see and experience Ireland.

Howth on the Weekend

Travelers should do as the local Dubliners do and catch a train or even bike to Howth during the weekend. Howth is a small coastal town just outside of the city of Dublin. Residents and tourists flock to Howth on the weekend throughout the year to have brunch at one of its restaurants on the water, explore the outdoor farmer’s market, or take a boat to see the small island of Ireland’s Eye. Adventurous tourists can take a cliff walk around the town for scenic views and photographs.

Breweries and Distilleries

Ireland is known for its alcohol production, and breweries and distilleries offer an experience for tourists. The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin offers a tour of the famous brewery with a tasting room that gives tourists a scenic view of the city. Jamesson Irish Whiskey has a museum and tasting tour setup in their old Dublin storehouse and a tour of the current facility in Middleton, County Cork. For a quick tour of all the famous Irish brands when visiting Ireland, a tour of the Irish Whiskey Museum gives tourists a chance to hear about and taste many different kinds.

The Wild Atlantic Way

While many travelers know to see Dublin when visiting Ireland, fewer know about the Wild Atlantic Way, a 1,600-mile coastal route that winds along the Western Coast from Cork to Derry in Northern Ireland. Instead of rushing through the whole way, travelers can choose a few spots to see. Tourists can see amazing views through the parts of The Ring of Kerry on the route, stop in villages in Western Cork, see the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal, stop for a seaweed bath in Bonduran, and much more.

Ireland boasts plenty of beautiful views and friendly people. Whether it is sandy beaches, hiking, luxurious getaways, or celebrating with strangers and friends, there is something for everyone when visiting Ireland. Explore the best Ireland has to offer with these spots.