Regions of Ireland

Regions of Ireland

For a relatively small country, Ireland offers a wealth of natural wonders and cultural delights.


Northern Ireland

North­ern Ire­land is one of the best kept secrets in the British Isles. You’ll find:

  • The Giant’s Causeway, part of a stun­ning ocean-­side drive along the North Coast.
  • Enchant­ing lakes in the South­east­ern part of the coun­try.
  • Belfast, which is quickly becom­ing one of the “cool cities” in Europe.
  • Some of the most majes­tic moun­tains and glens in the world.
  • Fishing: salt water, fresh water or deep sea fishing.
  • Incredible golf: Why else would Dar­ren Clarke, Graeme McDow­ell, and Rory McIl­roy con­tinue to live there?
visiting castles and gardens in ireland

East and Midlands

One of Ireland’s least touristed regions, the East and Midlands feature some of the most authen­tic parts of the country. You’ll find:

  • Cruises on one of the most incred­i­ble sys­tems of lakes and rivers in the world.
  • Stud farms in Kildare, home of the Irish Derby.
  • The Slieve Bloom Way, a 50-mile hike through the Slieve Bloom Moun­tains. From Mount Arderin you can see the high­est points in all of the four provinces of ancient Ireland.
  • The Stroke­stown Famine Museum, where you can learn about the causes, real­ity, and out­comes of this horrific period in Irish History.
  • Neolithic ruins of Bru na Boinne, Dowth, Knowth, and Newgrange.
Irish countryside

South East

The South East offers abundant beauty along with more cas­tles, churches and old monas­ter­ies, a beau­ti­ful coast­line, charm­ing sea­side vil­lages, and the friendly wel­come that you will find all over Ire­land – but with far fewer tourists. You’ll find:

  • Destination restaurants in towns such as Ard­more, Dun­garvan, and Tramore.
  • Art and architecture with The Visual Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Art on the grounds of St. Patrick’s Col­lege in Car­low and a remark­able col­lec­tion of well-preserved churches, cas­tles, and monas­tic sites in Kilkenny.
  • Wick­low Moun­tains, a spectacularly stunning landscape with 50,000 acres of moun­tains, lakes, rich valleys, glens, and wild rivers.

South West

Sump­tu­ous spas, palm trees, hos­pi­tal­ity that is unri­valed, world class golf and surf­ing, exquis­ite cui­sine and stun­ning beaches? Obvi­ously, we are talk­ing about South­ West Ireland! You’ll also find:

  • The stunning peninsulas of Din­gle and the Ring of Kerry.
  • County Cork, featuring beau­ti­ful peninsulas, dra­matic beaches, beau­ti­ful walks and vistas, and great food! Accord­ing to Lonely Planet, Cork City and some of the sur­round­ing towns like Kinsale and Bal­ti­more fea­ture some of the finest eat­ing in Europe with a heavy empha­sis on local pro­duce, seafood, and meat.
  • The Rock of Cashel and Cahir Cas­tle in Tipperary.
  • Pastoral beauty, with rolling hills, rich farm­land and river valleys sur­rounded by soar­ing moun­tains.

North and West

This region features some of the most remote and least touristed parts of Ireland. You’ll find:

  • Rugged landscapes, including the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, and the Slieve League that fea­tures sea cliffs plunging 2,000 feet into the sea.
  • Small towns where you can enjoy the “real Ireland” as you hang out with locals.
  • Great golf experiences at Rosses Point in Sligo or Carne on the Bel­mul­let Penin­sula.
  • Galway -  the fourth largest city in Ireland that you can navigate by using a map from the 17th century.
  • Stunning countryside in Connemara.


With half of its res­i­dents under the age of 30, Dublin is one of youngest cities in the world. Young Europeans and tourists from around the world enjoy upscale pubs and restau­rants, great live music, fan­tas­tic din­ing, world-class museums - not to mention cheap flights.


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