Ireland’s Most Important Attractions in 2022

A small village in the south of Ireland

Since the turn of the century, Ireland has become a popular travel destination. In 2019, this compact nation with a population of just 4.9 million people welcomed over 11.3 million tourists through its borders.

The Guinness Store House, The Cliffs Of Moher, and The Blarney Castle are famed throughout the globe for their historical values or jaw-dropping scenery.

But due to a twist in travel trends and an upwards rise in sustainable travel, many tourists are seeking out hidden gems and are aiming to get off the beaten track. Because of this, Ireland is emerging with new important attractions for 2022.

So read on to discover our handpicked attractions you can’t afford to miss this year!

10. Mitchelstown Caves, Tipperary

Situated near the Cork/Tipperary border, The Mitchelstown Caves are a sight to behold. Most locals are unaware of this hidden treasure, and you certainly won’t come across it in any guidebook.


9. Hook Head, Wexford

Located along Ireland’s Ancient East, Hook Head is home to sweeping hills, sheer cliffs, and the world’s second-oldest operating lighthouse. Hook lighthouse was opened in 1172.


8. Killiney Forest Park, Dublin

A small forest in Ireland

Dublin suffers drastically from urban sprawl. But just a 30-minute drive from the city center is Killiney Park. Here you can find everything immediately associated with Ireland, such as craggy coastlines, lush green landscape, and the smell of the fresh sea breeze.


7. Lonehort Battery, Cork

There aren’t many people who know how much Ireland played a part during the world wars. But visiting this piece of evidence left behind from such tragic times will educate and fascinate everyone about Irish history.


6. Waterford City, Waterford

Located in Ireland’s Sunny South East, Waterford is the nation’s oldest and smallest city. Its vibrant streets and its high concentration of museums make it the perfect place to get off the beaten path and experience Ireland’s history and culture.


5. Caves of Kesh, Sligo

The caves of Kesh are a series of limestone caves that consist of 13 chambers. Legend has it that Cormac Mac Art, a famous King of Ireland, was born and raised in the caves by a she-wolf.


4. Mizen Head, Cork

Mizen Head is Ireland’s most southerly point. Here you can enjoy a mesmerizing hike along the rugged coastline, cross the famous Mizen Head Bridge and take in the jaw-dropping scenery.


3. The Guinness Lake, Wicklow

An oasis for photographers and a paradise for nature lovers. Its official name is Lough Tay, but the shape of the lake with the white sand at the top makes it look like a pint of Guinness.


2. Gougane Barra Forest Park, Cork

Glengarriff Woods in Ireland

This park has a real sense of identity with its towering pine trees, the jagged terrain, and the glistening lake, but no more so than its charming little chapel. Gougane Barra is a land of adventure wrapped up in stunning nature.


1. Mc Dermot’s Castle, Roscommon

You will be forgiven if you think this is a Disney Castle on the Game of Thrones movie set. As painstakingly beautiful as this may be, it cannot compare to the sense of adventure it brings to those of all ages.


Discover the Best Things to Do in Ireland

Ireland is a nation filled with rugged beauty and adventure. But to get the most out of your time here, you must get off the beaten path and discover our top attractions for 2022!


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