When you think about Ireland, the first thing that comes to mind might be St. Patrick’s Day and Irish whiskey. While Ireland is known for its rich history and pub scene, it’s also a place that boasts wonderful beaches, islands, cliff walks, piers, and lighthouses. In various locations on the island, such as Dublin Bay, you’ll enjoy various types of beaches with long stretches of sand and rocky coves under cliffs. Because of the natural habitats and diverse wildlife present in Dublin Bay, the place is one of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Ireland.
So if you’re planning to visit Ireland, here are four ways you can immerse yourself in its coastal scenery.
Stay at a Hotel by the Sea
If you want to wake up to a beautiful sunrise view over the ocean, staying at a hotel located at a cliffside or beach is a must. The Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, County Waterford, allows you to experience and enjoy that beautiful sunrise as it sits atop the side of a cliff over rugged coastlines. By simply being on your hotel’s balcony, you can already admire the vast waters of the Atlantic Ocean and feel the ocean breeze. The experience doesn’t stop there. Close to the hotel is the Ardmore Cliff Walk, which is a trail open for tourists who want to take a short walk with a view of the sea.
Go on an Ocean Voyage
You can make your travel experience more exciting by sailing on a luxurious boat and being surrounded by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Explora Cruises illustrates just how rewarding an ocean voyage can be. Even if you’re in the middle of the sea, you won’t miss out on luxury experiences, such as culinary delights, rejuvenating spas, and fine wines and drinks. You’ll also be able to witness different spectacular sceneries that Ireland has to offer onboard as the ship navigates various locations in a single trip. With an ocean voyage, you can indulge in comfortable onboard amenities, appreciate the beautiful landscapes, and enjoy the view of the Atlantic Ocean beyond the boat.
Take a Ferry Tour
You might have heard of the Cliffs of Moher since this beautiful location is featured in films like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. If you want to witness the stunning Cliffs of Moher up-close, ferry rides and tours are available in the county for all visitors. Doolin2Aran Ferries offers a 50-minute round trip journey sailing from Doolin south, along the 8km of the Cliffs of Moher, to the highest parts of the cliffs as far as Hags Head and the large Sea Arch at Moher Tower. By riding a ferry to visit the well-known Cliffs of Moher, you can view the cliff from a different perspective than simply visiting the area by land.
Tour Around a Coastal Town
If you want to view the sea while staying on land, you can visit the suburban coastal town of Dún Laoghaire and experience the life of living a step from the seaside. One of the popular attractions in the area is the Vintage Carousel amusement park located in Dún Laoghaire harbour. By riding their famous Ferris wheel, which is the same Ferris wheel featured in the movie Grease, you can admire the beautiful view of the ocean from afar. When you’re done with your trip to the amusement park, the East Pier Battery is also a historical destination where you can buy refreshments and enjoy spectacular views across the bay.
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