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15th Nov 2016

The Irish bucket list: 10 places you need to visit at least once

The perfect cure for your winter wanderlust.

Brought to you by Bulmers, please drink responsibly. 

Pack your bags it’s time for a trip.

We love a bit of travel, whether it’s a three-week adventure in Asia or a quick weekend away in Europe. But sometimes we can all be guilty of forgetting the amazing places right on our doorstep.

From Donegal to Cork and from Dublin to Galway there are lots of amazing places on our own little emerald isle that we need to visit.

This week the winners of the Bulmers Bucket List competition set off on their once in a lifetime trip around Ireland. So naturally enough we were a little bit inspired (maybe even jealous).

Here is our bucket list of places you need to see at least once in your lifetime and the best news is there are no flights needed.

We might need to plan a road trip after reading these.

Catch your breath at the Giant’s Causeway

It’s not hard to see why the Giant’s Causeway is such a huge attraction. With it’s amazing scenery, interesting science and fascinating legends it’s no wonder the national heritage site welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Just look at those views.

Take a drive along the Ring of Kerry

Well known as one of Ireland’s most scenic drives, the Ring of Kerry never disappoints. You can even take a horse and cart if you fancy something different. Make sure you stop off at Star Wars filming location Skellig Michael along the way. 

Have some fish and chips in Howth

There is nothing better than some fish and chips by the seaside. While you’re there, try out the Howth coastal walk to make the most of the views.

Colours… #howth #cliffwalk #nature #colours #ireland

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Go to a Festival in Galway

It’s hard to beat a good festival and Galway has plenty. From the annual races to the Oyster Festival and from The Film Fleadh to The Arts Festival there’s rarely a weekend where there isn’t something going on.

Have some tea at Father Ted’s House 

Ah, go on, go on, go on. Turns out you actually can have a cup of tea in Father Ted’s house. While Ms.Doyle won’t be there to serve you, the McCormack family who now live in the house offer tea and home baking by appointment. You can book here. Here are the Bulmer’s winners having a quick stop off outside the house earlier this week.


Marvel at the Cliffs of Moher

It doesn’t get much better than the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs stretch for 8 kilometers along the Atlantic coast and on a clear day, you can even see as far as the Aran Islands. We recommend going at sunset to make the most of the views, just make sure it’s not a foggy day.

Better not go on! Even if you do not see much, it goes quite far down ?

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Get lost in Glenveagh

Glenveagh National Park is a hidden treasure tucked away in Co. Donegal. The park has its own deer herd as well as an impressive castle and walled gardens. Take a tour of the elaborate castle which has entertained the likes of Marlyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, and John Wayne.

Fall in love at Lisdoonvarna

You have to go to Ireland’s oldest traditional festival, The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival  at least once in your life (even if you’re not looking for a fella). The festival lasts for the whole month of September with lots of dancing and music on most nights.  You might even meet Willie Daly, Ireland’s best matchmaker.

#matchmaker #celibataire #irlande #ireland #roadtrip #lisdoonvarna

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Brush up on your Irish in Connemara

Head into the Whest and soak up some real Irish culture in Connemara. With lots of scenery, outdoor activities and craic to keep you occupied, you’ll never want to leave.

When sheeps decide to cross the road, don’t blame just The Wolf for making this beautiful world an Animal Farm

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Visit Grafton Street at Christmas

There is simply nothing like walking down Grafton Street the week before Christmas in the hustle and bustle of the festive shopping. The lights, the buskers, and the atmosphere are all usually incredible.

grafton street. #dublin #graftonstreetchristmaslights

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