Ireland is home to some of the most impressive villages that boast charm and character steeped in Irish heritage and culture. Check out these 10 cute villages to visit while on your travels across Ireland.
1. Roundstone, Co. Galway
Nestled in Roundstone Bay, Roundstone is a quaint little fishing village surrounded by remarkable natural landscapes of Connemara. Artists are naturally drawn to the area, and the town has many galleries and studios to visit and enjoy.
2. Adare, Co. Limerick
Adare is exactly how you might picture an Irish village. There are neat rows of cottages with thatched roofs and is often referred to as one of Ireland’s most beautiful villages. The River Maigue winds its way through this historical site, and there are plenty of places to explore.
3. Dalkey, Co. Dublin
Dalkey is a short drive from Dublin City Centre. You can explore some of the surrounding Dalkey castles or take a day trip to the uninhabited Dalkey Island by boat or canoe. Take in the wildlife and enjoy ruins dating back to the 7th century.
4. Cobh, Co. Cork
This charming coastal town is located 30 minutes south of Cork and has historic roots in Irish emigration. Over 2.5 million Irish citizens left Ireland from Cobh’s port during the 19th and 20th centuries. It is also the last port of call for the Titanic.
5. Dingle, Co. Kerry
Located on the southwestern peninsula of Ireland, Dingle is an adorable fishing village lined with pastel-coloured homes. Dingle is known as a starting base for some of the most remarkable scenic drives in Ireland, including the Slea Head Drive.
6. Westport, Co. Mayo
Westport has become one of the most alluring locations in the west of Ireland. The town is centered around the historic clock tower and is surrounded by stone bridges expanding over the Carrowbeg River, incredible backdrops, and colourfully painted buildings.
7. Kinsale, Co. Cork
Kinsale is a fishing village with lots of character and charm in this brightly coloured town. It’s also known as the foodie paradise of Ireland, with plenty of cafes, pubs, and restaurants serving fresh seafood. Take in some of the local history to Charles Fort or Desmond Castle
8. Dunmore East, Co. Waterford
A visit to Dunmore East features some of the most incredible coastal views you can take in while enjoying this cute fishing village. While you’re there, check out the Hook Head Lighthouse, which happens to be one of the world’s oldest operating lighthouses.
9. Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny
This historic 19th-century Irish village and iconic 10 arch limestone bridge spanning the River Nore, this town often is used as a Hollywood setting for many Hollywood films. Enjoy the historic architecture while walking along the river or spend time exploring the local area.
10. Wicklow Town, Co. Wicklow
With the scenic Wicklow Mountains as a backdrop and set along the coast next to ancient ruins of Ireland, there is never a shortage of sights to see and adventures to be had in this cute town. Take a ghost tour of the 18th-century prison or hike to the legendary Mottee Stone.
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