Irish charm is a real thing and Irish charm comes no more authentic than in its tiny little villages where you get a true sense of what life is Ireland is like now and what it must have been like in the past. These villages hold on to the essence of what makes Ireland a truly fantastic place to visit so next time you’re thinking about a trip to Ireland, make sure you stop by in at least one of these amazing Irish villages…

5 Towns & Villages You Have To Visit In Ireland!


1.) Dingle: This beautiful seaside town in Country Kerry will leave you falling in love with its laidback charm from the moment you step foot in it. It is a major fishing port – a part of the town’s heritage that has stood the test of time and with just around 1,920 residents,Β it is a close knit community that you will find more than welcoming when you visit.

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2.) Adare: A-Dare you say? Challenge accepted! πŸ™‚ I jest (I bet they get that lame joke there a lot πŸ™‚ ). Jokes asides, Adare is one the perfect little villages you can visit in Ireland if you fancy a spot of golf (it’s got a brilliant golf course here) or generally just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It’s also situated about 10 miles from Limerick city so if you do ever tire of village life, you can always pop in Limerick for a quick city-life top up though I very much doubt that will be the case here. πŸ˜‰

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3.) Kenmare: Also located in Country Kerry, Kenmare is one of the more colourful towns you can visit on a trip to Ireland. It is also located on two main tourist routes in Ireland – the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara so you have no excuses for not stopping by.

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4.) Cobh: The biggest of the lot (population-wise), Cobh has almost 10,000 residents and a lot of amazing historical sites to go with the population. It is a major stop for cruise ships and so is a constant hub of activity for travellers.

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5.)Β Inistioge: Inistioge is ruly defined by its beautiful countryside. The village is lovely as well but a trip to Inistioge is definitely one for the hikers and walkers who want to surround themselves with stunning natural wonders.

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  • All these look like a movie setting, hard to pick a favorite!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      I know what you mean… let us not pick one, we should all go and visit them all! Yay! πŸ™‚

  • McCann Santhaseelan

    All beautiful towns but a bit disappointing they’re all in pretty much the same area. Next time you should venture a bit further north. To see some of the beautiful places in Galway, Mayo, Donegal, Fermanagh to name just a few.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      You are so right – I really want to visit Galway too! Hopefully we can visit Ireland again soon and see much more of the country.

      Lloyd πŸ™‚

  • …IΒ΄ve been to Ireland so often and have only been to one of your picks πŸ˜‰ really want to go to the others the next time πŸ™‚ there are so many amazing places in the rest of ireland too tho πŸ˜‰ its really hard to pick most beautiful places ina country like ireland…I could never narrow it down to five πŸ˜‰

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It’s so hard for us too! hahaha! I think we just need to rent a car and visit all of Ireland! lol

      x

      • that was always a dream of mine too πŸ™‚
        must be the best way to experience a country like ireland and discover all those amazing and magical places and little towns

        • HandLuggageOnly

          Exactly! Ireland has some of the prettiest towns and dramatic scenery that always draw me to visit
          Lloyd πŸ™‚

        • HandLuggageOnly

          Exactly! Ireland has some of the prettiest towns and dramatic scenery that always draw me to visit
          Lloyd πŸ™‚

  • Serena

    Stunning! I’d love to visit Ireland someday.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ireland is such a beautiful country Serena! You should definitely visit if you can x

  • thepharmersjournal

    That is terrible – I’m Irish and haven’t been to one of those villages! I was expecting to see Galway, Westport, Aran Islands, Howth etc. I need to get my ass in gear! Great photographs.

    http://www.thepharmersjournal.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Hahaha! I know the feeling – I get like that with places in the UK too… lol

      (ps – the Aran Islands are top of my list)

      Lloyd x

  • Amy

    I’m northern Irish and one place which is a must, is Carlingford, in County Louth! It’s so beautiful! X.

    Amylaurenxo.blogspot.co.uk

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much for sharing, Amy – will definitely keep Carlingford in mind for our next travels to Ireland. We might need some tips from you on things to see in Northern Ireland πŸ˜‰ x

  • Fantastic post with gorgeous imagery! I recently did a post about Westport – another one of Ireland’s gems http://cchearts.co.uk/2015/08/17/exploring-ireland/ x

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much for sharing Caroline, it’s always great to get an idea of all different places to visit πŸ™‚ x

  • These places look soo adorable! The first two towns are my favourites!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Totally know what you mean – I find it hard to choose πŸ™‚

      Lloyd x

  • Aliya Hussain

    Ireland is such a beautiful place, i cannot wait to visit one day! I will be sure to refer back to this post when I do πŸ˜‰

    Aliya x | thecatandthegirl.blogspot.co.uk | https://www.bloglovin.com/people/thegirl09-10150959

    • HandLuggageOnly

      So glad you like it as much as we do! You should definitely plan a visit, Aliya πŸ™‚

      Ps – I read your organisation post for University – such a great post. I wish I was that organised

      Lloyd πŸ™‚

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  • Leigh Brady

    I’m from Ireland and it’s sad I’ve only been to two of these places! Dingle is one of the prettiest towns I’ve ever seen! Ireland has some of the cutest towns ever even though they are lesser known.

    – eternalleigh.blogspot.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      I agree, sometimes you just need to jump in a car and explore, I feel like there are two places in the world like that, Italy and Ireland. Both have such cute towns that are totally ‘off the map’ so to speak.

      Lloyd x

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ps – Your outdoor cinema post is making me want to find somewhere in London next weekend! Looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing πŸ™‚

      Lloyd x

  • I’m from Ireland and I have to say you picked a great selection, Dingle is such a beautiful place to visit!

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    • HandLuggageOnly

      So glad you agree! πŸ™‚ x

      Sounds funny, but I just saw your amazing outfit post and you have the coolest backpack. EVER! As a guy, I’m not sure I could pull it off… anyway – just incase you see me wearing the ‘same’ backpack it’s best to assume I’ve copied your good taste lol

      Hope that’s okay?

      Lloyd πŸ™‚ x

  • What beautiful, colourful photos! Such a change for the normal ‘very green’ pics you see of Ireland everywhere. I’m rather inspired to visit!
    Claire xx

    • HandLuggageOnly

      So glad you like, Claire x

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