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14 Best Day Trips From Cork City (Cost, Transport and Tips)

Cork is an amazing city with lots of things to do. From medieval buildings, museums to amazing nightlife, Cork is also a good base for your Ireland adventure. However, if you find yourself running out of things to do in this city, there are several day trips from Cork that you can do.

Here are the 14 best day trips from Cork, Ireland.

1. The Cliffs of Moher day trip from Cork

cliffs of moher tour and tips

The Cliffs of Moher are sea cliffs located in County Clare, Ireland. It is one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights and one of the most visited attractions in Ireland with 1.5 million visitors annually.

Standing 702ft above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. In a good day, you can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay.

Admission Fee

Adults €6

Students €4

Senior Citizens €4

Children under 16

Free Group rates available on request

How to get to Cliffs of Moher from Cork City

Take a bus from Cork Bus Station, Cork Parnell to Ennis Bus station. This takes about 3 hours for €23-28 per one way trip and then take a bus from Ennis Bus Station that goes directly to Cliffs of Moher. This takes another 50 minutes for €9-11 one way trip.

Or you can also take this Cliffs of Moher tour from Cork that also includes The Burren, Bunratty Castle and Limerick for €35 only. To book, click here.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 8 hours to enjoy Cliffs of Moher.

Opening Hours

8 am to 7 pm although, during winter, the cliffs are closed by 5 pm.

Contact Information

Location: Lislorkan North, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland

Phone: bookings@cliffsofmoher.ie

Email: +353 65 708 6145

2. The Burren

Burren National Park

The Burren National Park is the smallest among the national parks in Ireland. Established in 1991, it only covers an area of 5.8 square miles near Doolin in County Clare.

The name Burren came from the word “Boireann” which means “great rock”. It is because the entire park is dominated by a glaciated karst landscape. Despite the soil being covered by rocks, the park has diverse and rich floras.

During summer, these floras bloom in a way that will leave the visitors in awe because of the park’s natural beauty.

Admission Fee

Free

How to get to Burren from Cork

Take a bus (#51) from Cork Bus Station in Cork Parnell Place to Crusheen. The journey is about 3 hours and it costs between €25-30 one way or €50-60 for a round-trip fare.

Then take a taxi from the station to Burren National Park. The taxi journey is about 20 minutes and it costs between €25-30 for a one-way ride.

Or you can also take this the Burren day tour from Cork that also includes Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, and Limerick for €35 only. To book, click here.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 10 hours to enjoy the national park.

Opening Times

April to September only. Daily between 9:30 am to 5 pm. To verify the schedule, click here.

Contact Information

Email: burrennationalpark@chg.gov.ie

Phone: +353-65-6827693 

3. Blarney Castle

blarney castle

One of Ireland’s most popular attraction is Blarney castle. It was built nearly six hundred years ago by Cormac MacCarthy, one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains. Surrounding the castle are extensive gardens. There are paths touring the grounds with signs pointing out the various attractions such as several natural rock formations.

Aside from the castle itself, the place is also popular because of Blarney Stone. In order to get the gift of eloquence, for over 200 years many famous people from around the world visit Blarney to kiss the famous Blarney Stone.

There is an ongoing debate over the story of Blarney stone but no one has been able to prove the origin of the stone.

Admission Fee

€16 for adult, €13 for student and seniors, and €40 for a family. For more information regarding booking, click here.

How to get to Blarney Castle from Cork

Take a bus (#215) from Watercourse Rd to Blarney Village. The journey is about 20 minutes and it costs between €4-6 one way or €8-12 for a round-trip fare. Then walk from the station to the castle. Blarney Castle is about 7 minutes.

Or you can also take this Blarney Castle tour, one of the popular day tours from Cork that also includes Cobh for only €32. To book, click here.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 3 hours to enjoy the castle.

Opening Times

9 am to 5 pm

Contact Information

Location: Blarney, Cork, Ireland

Email: info@blarneycastle.ie

Phone: +353 21 4385252

4. Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle is one of the largest castles of Ireland. It is located on an island in the river of Suir, in the town of Cahir, County Tipperary. Built in 1142 by the Prince of Thomond, Conor O’Brien, it was designed as a defensive castle with state-of-the-art facilities.

However, the castle was besieged multiple times during the Irish Confederate Wars.

Admission Fee

Adult: €5.00

Group/Senior: €4.00

Child/Student: €3.00

Family: €13.00

How to get to Cahir Castle from Cork

Take a bus (#51) from Cork Bus Station in Cork Parnell Place to Cahir. The journey is about 1.5 hours and it costs between €14-17 one way or €28-34 for a round-trip fare. Then just walk for about a minute from the station to Cahir Castle.

Recommended hours for the day trips

Allocate at least 5 hours to enjoy the national park.

Opening Hours

March – Mid-June
Daily 09.30 – 17.30

Mid-June – August
Daily 09.00 – 18.30

September – Mid October
Daily 09.30 – 17.30

Mid October – February
Daily 09.30 – 16.30

Contact Information

Location: Castle St, Townparks, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Email: cahircastle@opw.ie

Phone: +353 (52) 744 1011 

5. Rock of Cashel day tour

rock of cashel

The Rock of Cashel, also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick’s Rock, is a historic site located at Cashel in County Tipperary. It is one of the most spectacular attractions in Ireland and also one of the most visited castles in Ireland.

This iconic landmark was the seat of the High Kings of Munster and was built between the 12th to the 13th century.

Admission Fee

Adult : €8.00, Group / Senior : €6.00, Child / Student : €4.00, Family : €20.00

How to get to Rock of Cashel from Cork

Take a bus (#X8) from Cork Bus Station in Cork Parnell Place to Main Street. The journey is about 2 hours and it costs between €16-20 one way or €32-40 for a round-trip fare. Then walk for about 10 minutes to Rock of Cashel.

Or you can also take this Rock of Cashel tour from Cork that also includes a trip to Kilkenny for €39 only. To book, click here.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 7 hours to enjoy the castle.

Opening Hours

9 am to 4:30 pm during winter and 9 am to 7 pm during the summer.

Contact Information

Location: Rock of Cashel, Moor, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Phone: 062 61437

Email: rockofcashel@opw.ie

6.Dingle Peninsula

dingle peninsula

If scenic drives, stunning coastal scenery, and a visit to one of Ireland’s most colorful towns sound interesting to you, renting a car and driving to the Peninsula is a must on a visit to Ireland.

It’s part of Wild Atlantic Way route which is considered one of the most scenic road trip routes in the world. The route consists of breathtaking views of the coastline, offshore islands, and cliff-top roads. It is one of the most popular activities in Dingle.

How to get to Dingle Peninsula from Cork

Getting to the Dingle Peninsula from Cork is complicated. Aside from 2-3 connections on bus and trains, getting around and covering the best parts of the peninsula requires private transport in between and it can be quite expensive.

If you would like to take public transport to the Dingle Peninsula, you can take a train from Kent, Cork to Tralee. It takes about 2 hours and it costs €24-35 for a one-way trip. And from Tralee, take a taxi to Dingle Peninsula for an hour. This costs about €70-90. You have to spend €94-135 for just one way trip through this route.

You can also take a bus from Tralee to Cloghane for €9-11. The ride takes about an hour. And then take a taxi for 20 minutes for €15-18. This route costs about €48-64 but it’s 1.5 hours longer.

Please note, that you might have to take a taxi in between points of interest as well and there’s no assurance you can get one. So you might have to rent a taxi from Tralee or Cloghane and the cost of renting a taxi will add up.

Or you can also take this Dingle Peninsula day tour from Cork that also includes a trip to the town of Dingle. The tour is €39 only. To book, click here

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 10 hours to enjoy the Dingle Peninsula.

7. Kinsale day trip from Cork

kinsale ireland

Kinsale is a town in County Cork, Ireland. Originally a medieval fishing port, historic Kinsale is one of the most picturesque and historic towns on the south-west coast of Ireland. Kinsale has a beautiful set of long waterfront, yacht-filled harbor, narrow winding streets, and brightly painted galleries, shops and houses. 

It is also a leading Irish tourist attraction and the southerly starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way trail.

How to get to Kinsale from Cork

Take a bus (#226) from Cork City Hall to Kinsale. The journey is about 45 minutes and it costs between €7-9 one way or €14-18 for a round-trip fare.

Or you can also take this Kinsale tour from Cork that also includes some of the best areas in Wild Atlantic Way for €39 only. To book, click here.

 

Recommended hours for the day trips from Cork

Allocate at least 8 hours to enjoy Kinsale.

8. Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry is a circular tourist route in the county of Kerry. It covers 13 towns and it is known for its natural and unspoiled beauty. Aside from amazing islands and cliffs, Ring of Kerry is also known for its charming and quaint villages. It is a popular road trip route in Ireland as well.

How to get to Ring of Kerry from Cork

Killarney is the starting point of Ring of Kerry if you are planning to cover it clockwise. To get to Killarney from Cork, take a train from Cork Kent to Killarney. This takes about 1.5 hours and it costs between €18-26 for one way. Then you can take a bus between towns. Prices vary depending on length.

Or you can also take this day trip from Cork that will cover points of interest in Ring of Kerry for just €39.

Or you can also take this Ring of Kerry tour from Cork that includes Sneem, Killorglin, Dingle Bay, and Killarney, just among others, for €39 only. To book, click here.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 12 hours to enjoy the best points of interest in Ring of Kerry.

9. Galway day tour from Cork

spanish arch galway

Galway City and nothing else comes in mind if we speak about Ireland’s top destination for arts, music, and urban culture. This city on the west coast of Ireland never fails to exceed expectations- from its medieval walls down to the breathtaking view of the River Corrib.

So whether you’re coming over for a quick visit or longer, there’s just so much to enjoy in this harbor city.

How to get to Galway from Cork

Take a Citylink bus (#251) from St. Patricks Quay to Galway Coach Station. The journey is about 3 hours and it costs between €12-20 one way or €24-40 for a round-trip fare.

To get around Galway City, you can use a hop-on-hop-off bus to get around between attractions. It is only €12 for 48 hours. To get it, click here.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 8 hours to enjoy Galway.

10.Limerick day trip from Cork

limerick city

There are lots of things to do in Limerick, Ireland. It is known for its charming old towns from medieval-era, Georgian townhouses, hidden gardens, museums, and castles.

Limerick City is the center of the culture and history of this county and it’s only around 2 hours away from Dublin and only 1.5 hours from Cork which makes it one of the most convenient Cork tours. 

How to get to Limerick from Cork

Take a Citylink bus (#251) from St. Patricks Quay to Henry St (Hibernian Insurance). The journey is about 1.5 hours and it costs between €16-20 one way or €32-40 for a round-trip fare.

Or you can also take this Limerick tour from Cork that also includes The Burren, Bunratty Castle, and Cliffs of Moher for €35 only. To book, click here.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 8 hours to enjoy Limerick.

11.Cobh

cobh ireland

Cobh was developed as a Victorian spa retreat in the mid-19th century and became Ireland’s most important port for trans-Atlantic travel.

If you would like to create some memories that will last a lifetime, take the plunge and visit Cobh. It is a captivating town that it will hold you in its spell long after you’ve left.

How to get to Cobh from Cork

Take a train from Cork Kent to Cobh. The journey is about half an hour and it costs between €4-7 one way or €8-14 for a round-trip fare.

Or you can also take this Cobh tour from Cork that also includes  Blarney Castle for €32 only. To book, click here.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 8 hours to enjoy Cobh.

12.Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park in County Kerry is the first national park in Ireland and it was declared a national park in 1932. It is located near the town of Killarney and it covers 25,425 acres of protected land.

The park is of high ecological value because of the quality, diversity, and extensiveness of many of its habitats.  There are also a wide variety of species in the parks and few of them are rare.

The park was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1981. Nature conservation is the main objective of the park protecting the various and rare species in the area and the ecosystem.

Admission Fee

The admission to Killarney National Park is free. However, some of the attractions and activities have an admission fee. You can verify it from the visitor’s center by using the contact information below.

How to get to Killarney National Park from Cork

Take a bus (Bus Eireann #40) from Cork Bus Station in Cork Parnell Place to Killarney Bus Station. The journey is about 1.5 hours and it costs between €15-18 one way.

And then take a taxi to Killarney National Park. The trip takes about 10 minutes for €18-22 one way. The total cost of transport is between €66-80 for a round trip.

Or you can also take this Killarney National Park tour from Cork that includes Sneem, Killorglin, and Dingle Bay just among others, for €39 only. To book, click here.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 8 hours to enjoy Killarney National Park.

Opening Times

There is 24-hour pedestrian access to Killarney National Park throughout the year except for Killarney House and Gardens (9 am to 6 pm daily). To check the individual opening hours of each attraction, click here.

Contact Information

Email: infokillarneyhouse@chg.gov.ie

Phone: 085-8017973 

13.Kilkenny day tours from Cork

kilkenny castle ireland

Kilkenny is one of the most beautiful and charming Irish cities. Located in the center of Ireland, it has a charming medieval center, lively pubs, and a dynamic art scene. Because of this, there are many unique things to do in Kilkenny, Ireland.

From its majestic creeper-clad castle, a bustling crafts industry, cobbled lanes, beautiful churches, and secret passages, Kilkenny will surprise you in many ways.

How to get to Kilkenny from Cork

Take a train from St. Patricks Quay to  Ormond Road, Kilkenny. The journey is about 2.5 hours and it costs between €8-18 one way or €16-36 for a round-trip fare.

Or you can also take this Kilkenny tour from Cork that also includes a trip to Rock of Cashel for €39 only. To book, click here.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 8 hours to enjoy Kilkenny.

14.Dingle

THINGS TO DO IN DINGLE IRELAND

Dingle in Ireland is a small port town in Dingle Peninsula, about 4 hours away from Dublin. It is one of the scenic stops in Ring of Kerry along with Kenmare and Killarney. Dingle is known for its rugged scenery, trails, and sandy beaches.

How to get to Dingle from Cork

Take a bus (Bus Eireann #40) from Cork Bus Station in Cork Parnell Place to Tralee Bus Station. The journey is about 2.5 hours and it costs between €19-23 one way. And then take a bus (#275) from Tralee to Dingle. The trip takes about 1 hour for €6-8 one way.

Or you can also take this Dingle tour from Cork that also includes a trip to Dingle Peninsula. The tour is only €39. To book, click here

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 12 hours to enjoy Dingle.

Staying in Cork and don’t know where to stay? Here are the best accommodations in Cork City.


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7 Best Day Trips From Galway City (Cost, Transport and Tips)

Galway is an amazing harbor city with lots of things to do. From medieval buildings, quaint fishing village to awesome nightlife, Galway is a good base for your Ireland adventure. However, if you find yourself running out of things to do in this city, there are several day trips from Galway that you can do.

Here are the 7 best day trips from Galway.

Best Day Trips From Galway City

1.The Cliffs of Moher

cliffs of moher tour and tips

The Cliffs of Moher are sea cliffs located in County Clare, Ireland. It is one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights and one of the most visited attractions in Ireland with 1.5 million visitors annually.

Standing 702ft above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. In a good day, you can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay.

Admission Fee

Adults €6

Students €4

Senior Citizens €4

Children under 16

Free Group rates available on request

How to get to Cliffs of Moher from Galway

Take a bus from Galway Bus Station on Eyre Square to Cliffs of Moher. Take the Bus Eireann #350 and it will take you directly to the gate of the visitor center. It takes 2 hours and 15 minutes for €16-19 one-way trip. Bus leaves every hour.

Or you can also take this day tour from Galway which is cheaper by a lot.

This tour to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren region is a leisurely guided day tour from Galway that includes a 2hr stops at the Cliffs of Moher and visits to Kilfenora and the Poulnabrone Dolmen. It’s € 30 per person. To book, click here.

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 8 hours to enjoy Cliffs of Moher.

Opening Hours

8 am to 7 pm although, during winter, the cliffs are closed by 5 pm.

Contact Information

Location: Lislorkan North, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland

Phone: bookings@cliffsofmoher.ie

Email: +353 65 708 6145

2.Kylemore Abbey

kylemore abbey castle

Kylemore Castle was built by Mitchell Henry, a wealthy doctor from England, as a gift to his wife Margaret in 1871. It was sold to the Duke and Duchess of Manchester in 1903 and was then purchased by the Irish Benedictine nuns in 1920. Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery was then founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara. Since the 1970s, the estate has been opened to the public.

Nestled at the base of Druchruach Mountain and along the shore of Lough Pollacappul in Connemara, the Abbey is one of the most iconic attractions in Galway, Ireland. It is also one of the most beautiful castles in Ireland. And no visit to Ireland is complete without spending a half day to the castle ground.

Check out this Kylemore Abbey Tour article for more information.

Admission Fee

€13 for adult, €9 for a student, €10 for senior, and €26.00 for a family of 4.

How to get to Kylemore Abbey from Galway City

Take a Bus Eireann (bus #419) from Newcastle Road-NUIG West Gate to Kylemore Post Office. This takes around 2 hours and it costs between €13-17 one way. Then walk towards the estate’s garden for less than 5 minutes.

Or you can also take this day trip from Galway.

This tour to Kylemore and Cong is a leisurely guided day tour from Galway that also includes Killary Fjord and Lough Nafooey. It’s € 30 per person. To book, click here.

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 7 hours to enjoy Kylemore Abbey.

Opening Hours

9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Last admission is at 4 pm.

Contact Information

Location:  Kylemore Abbey, Pollacappul, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

Email: bookings@kylemoreabbey.com

Phone: N/A

3.Connemara National Park

Connemara national park ireland

The Connemara National Park is the second smallest national park in Ireland with only 30 square kilometers area size. It was established in 1990 and the area covers bogs, heaths, grasslands, and forests. It is well known for the diversity of bird life in the area.

Admission Fee

Admission is free to the national park and visitor center.

How to get to Connemara National Park from Galway

Take a Citylink bus (#923) from Newcastle Road-NUIG West Gate to Letterfrack/Veldons. This takes around 3 hours and it costs between €8-20 one way. Then walk towards the park’s visitor center for 10-15 minutes. The visitor center is about 1 km from the bus stop.

Or you can also take this day tour from Galway.

This tour to Connemara and Cong is a leisurely guided day tour from Galway that also includes Killary Fjord and Lough Nafooey. It’s € 30 per person. To book, click here.

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 10 hours to enjoy the national park.

Opening Hours

Visitor Center – Open daily, 9 am to 5.30 pm from March to November

Park Grounds – Open daily 9.00 am-5.30 pm all year round

Contact Information

Location: Letterfrack, Connemara, Galway

Email: cnp@chg.gov.ie

Phone: +353 76 100 2528 

4. The Aran Islands

Aran Islands

Aran Islands are a group of rocky islands located in Galway Bay. The islands include Inishmore (Inis Mór – the largest island), Inishmaan (Inis Meáin – the second largest), and Inisheer (Inis Oírr – the smallest). On the islands, you can explore ancient stone forts and churches, awesome cliffs, and flora and fauna. The islands are considered the soul of Gaelic culture and it’s considered one of the top island destinations by National Geographic.

How to get to Aran Islands from Galway

Take a bus (#524) from Galway Bus Station in Eyre Square to Rossaveal Port. The journey is about an hour and it costs between €8-11 one way or €16-22 for a round-trip fare. Then take a ferry from the port to Inis Mór. The ferry journey is about half an hour but make sure to check in half an hour before sailing time. Return ferry fare is €25. For sailing schedule, click here.

Or you can also take a bus to Doolin and take a ferry from there. Although the ferry in Doolin is just season compare to Rossaveal where they have ferries all throughout the year. To get to Doolin, take a bus (#350) from Galway Bus Station to Doolin. The bus ride takes about 2 hours and it costs €15-18 one way or €30-36 for a round-trip fare. From Doolin port, take a ferry to any of the islands. Return ferry fare is €30-40. For sailing schedule, click here.

Or you can also take this day tour from Galway which is cheaper by a lot.

This tour to the Aran Islands is a leisurely guided day tour from Galway that includes Inis Oirr and Cliffs of Moher. It’s € 50 per person. To book, click here.

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 10 hours to enjoy one of the islands.

5. The Burren day trip from Galway

Burren National Park

The Burren National Park is the smallest among the national parks in Ireland. Established in 1991, it only covers an area of 5.8 square miles near Doolin in County Clare.

The name Burren came from the word “Boireann” which means “great rock”. It is because the entire park is dominated by a glaciated karst landscape. Despite the soil being covered by rocks, the park has diverse and rich floras. During summer, these floras bloom in a way that will leave the visitors in awe because of the park’s natural beauty.

Admission Fee

Free

How to get to Burren from Galway

Take a bus (#51) from Galway Bus Station in Eyre Square to Crusheen. The journey is about an hour and it costs between €10-13 one way or €20-26 for a round-trip fare. Then take a taxi from the station to Burren National Park. The taxi journey is about half an hour and it costs between €25-30 for a one-way ride.

Or you can also take this day tour from Galway which is cheaper by a lot.

This tour to the Burren region and Cliffs of Moher is a leisurely guided day tour from Galway. It’s € 30 per person. To book, click here.

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 8 hours to enjoy the national park.

Opening Times

April to September only. Daily between 9:30 am to 5 pm. To verify the schedule, click here.

Contact Information

Email: burrennationalpark@chg.gov.ie

Phone: +353-65-6827693 

6. Killary Fjord

killary fjord

Killary Fjord is the only fjord in Ireland. It extends up to 16 km and it’s around 45 meters deep. The fjord is also famous for shellfish farming, bird watching, and there are several protected animals in the area such as otters. There are available boat tours/ cruises for a fee in the area.

Admission Fee

Cruise Rates

Adult €21.00

Child 0 – 10 free

Youth 11 – 17 €11.00

Senior/Student €17.50

Family tickets from only €42 when booked online (up to 6 children)

How to get to Killary Fjord from Galway

Take a bus (#51) from Newcastle Road-NUIG West Gate to Leeann, Leeann. The journey is about an hour and 15 minutes and it costs between €19-24 one way or €38-48 for a round-trip fare. Then take a taxi from the station to Nancy’s Point. The taxi journey is about 5 minutes for 3 km and it costs between €7-10 for a one-way ride.

Or you can also take this day trip from Galway which is cheaper.

This tour to Killary Fjord is a leisurely guided day tour from Galway that also includes Kylemore, Cong,  and Lough Nafooey. It’s € 30 per person. To book, click here.

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 6 hours to enjoy the fjord.

Opening Hours

For the updated list of opening hours, click here.

Contact Information

Location: Nancy’s Point, Leenane, Co Galway, Ireland

Email: info@killaryfjord.com

Phone:+353 (091)566736

7. Lahinch

Lahinch beach

Lahinch is a small town in the County of Clare, a popular surfing spot for locals. Aside from surfing, there are many other interesting activities in Lahinch that visitors can enjoy. Beaches, galleries and quaint villages are just among the things to see in Lahinch.

If you don’t know where to stay yet in Galway, check out our Galway’s accommodations here.


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15 Best Drinks In Ireland You Should Try

A trip to Ireland will never be complete without trying out a couple of their drinks. Whether you’re out at your favorite local bar, or just staying in with your newly-acquired Irish friends, it’s always a good idea to pair Irish music with the best Irish drinks of your choice. With that, here are 15 best drinks in Ireland that visitors should try.

15 Best Drinks In Ireland You Should Try

1. Guinness, the Quintessential Plain Pint

Guinness Irish drink

Who will ever forget this world-renowned quintessential Irish beer in this list? Guinness is one of the most beloved Irish drink that you can easily find pretty much everywhere. Served together with a traditional Tulip glass, this plain pint also has a storehouse dedicated to Guinness’ long history and the entire stout making process. Do you also know that this pint is actually deep dark red and not black nor brown? This color has been attributed to the roasting of malted barley during the beer’s preparation. A 20-ounce pint of Guinness is also rich in iron, anti-oxidants, and a mere 210 calories.

2. Beamish, the Genuine Irish stout

beamish best drinks in ireland

Another Irish stout that is also enjoyed in Irish pubs and households, Beamish stout came to life when two Cork merchants, Richard Beamish, and Richard Crawford established the Beamish and Crawford brewery in Cork City. The rich roasted flavor with a hint of coffee and dark chocolate makes this one of Ireland’s best drinks.

3. Bulmers, the Original Irish Cider

Magners Irish Cider or locally known as Bulmers is one of the best ciders in Ireland. Made from quality apples, Bulmers makes sure to get the highest quality cider apples from various local orchards across the country. Every drop of this tasty drink is totally 100% Irish. Currently, this drink has 6 variants; Original, Light, Strawberry and Lime, Cloudy Lemon, Berry Berry, and Juicy Pear.

4. Orchard Thieves, Heineken Ireland’s first cider

Heineken Ireland’s first shot at the cider market turned out to be a big success for the company. Now, Orchard Thieves is one of the most preferred ciders in Ireland. It has a very sweet and distinct taste specifically designed to please the Irish consumers. The production of this cider came from one of the best traditional cider-making skills starting from the harvesting, milling and pressing natural apple juice and down to the filling and packaging of the product. Orchard Thieves is available in different looks– on draught, in pint bottles, 330ml bottles, and cans.

5. Bushmills, Ireland’s oldest whiskey

BUSHMILLS IRISH WHISKEY

Behind this world-class whiskey is a 400-year old history and heritage. On 1608, Bushmills Distillery was granted a license to distill and from then on, Bushmill has started gaining popularity across Ireland and all over the world. It had also faced certain challenges like the introduction of malt tax which resulted in a price increase in malted barley. Most distillers changed their recipe to cope up with this challenge but Bushmill remained still. Currently, Bushmill holds the title as Ireland’s oldest whiskey and its distillery as Ireland’s oldest distillery. Currently, it offers a tour and tasting experience for tourists who want to get in touch of Bushmill’s rich history.

Bushmill has 6 variations of whiskey: Red Bush, Black Bush, 10YR, 16YR, 21YR, and Original.

6. Jamesons, the world’s third-largest single-distillery whiskey

200 years had passed and Jamesons is still as popular as it was then. There’s is no magic trick behind the success of this drink. As a matter of fact, it is only made by blending rich pot still whiskey made from malted and unmalted barley and distilled three times for a smooth finish.

Named as the world’s third-largest single-distillery whiskey, Jamesons has distilleries located in Dublin and Cork. You can also easily buy it online.

7. Mead, a traditional but one of the rare drinks in Ireland

MEAD IRISH DRINK

If you’re looking for an alternative for something that’s between a beer and a liquor, a Mead is one of your choices. Also one of the best Irish drinks that you should try, it’s interesting to know that this has been part of the Irish tradition since the Viking raided Irish monastic sites in 795. Meads taste like honey with a hint of alcohol and can be carbonated, naturally sparkling, dry, semi-sweet, or sweet. These drinks usually come after a sumptuous dinner.

8. Alcopops, a trendy Irish drink for the youth

ALCOPOP IRISH DRINK

Alcopops are more popular among teenagers in Ireland. The colorful variation of this drink will make you forget that it has a high alcohol content. Be wary of this drink though if you do not want to deal with the head-splitting hangover the following morning. Just a concoction of water, food coloring, sugar, juice, and hard alcohol, the sweet alcoholic drink will surely knock you out.

9. The Nutty Irishman, a versatile cocktail recipe

The Nutty Irishman is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day parties and any Irish festivals. This tasty and very popular drink has different variations but all these variations boil down to two common ingredients: Frangelico and Irish cream. Then depending which variation you’re in the mood for, you simply add a hint of that extra ingredient for an extra kick.

Nutty Irishman Recipe:

¾ ounce Irish cream liqueur

¾ ounce Frangelico hazelnut liqueur

hot coffee/ Irish whiskey (depending on your preference)

How to make Nutty Irishman:

  1. Pour the Frangelico into the shot glass

  2. Float the Irish cream on top. Use a bar spoon to pour it over.

For other variation, you can also stir the ingredients in the shot glass and add hot coffee/Irish whiskey. Add cream if desired.

10. Irish Cream Hot Chocolate, the chocolate drink for grown-ups

HOT CHOCOLATE IRISH DRINK

Enjoy the cold season in Ireland with a cup of Irish Cream Hot Chocolate in your hand. This drink will definitely send you back to your youthful days. It’s hot chocolate fit for the Irish buds.

Irish Cream Hot Chocolate Recipe:

3 c. whole milk

⅔ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

¼ c. sugar

Grind of salt

½ tsp. Vanilla

3 – 5 oz. Irish cream

Whipped cream/ chocolate shavings (optional toppings)

How to make Irish Cream Hot Chocolate:

  1. Add milk, chocolate chips, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan.

  2. Whisk the ingredients frequently in medium-low heat until the chocolate melts completely.

  3. Let the mixture come to a low simmer then remove from heat.

  4. Add vanilla and stir.

  5. Pour into a mug or glass the Irish cream and then the hot chocolate

  6. Top it off with a whipped cream and chocolate shavings if desired.

11. Shamrock Sour, a perfect green cocktail for St. Patrick’s

Shamrock Sour

This recipe can easily be your signature party cocktail for St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you’re staying over a friend’s house or hosting the party yourself, this drink will surely make you ditch the green beer for a tastier sweet and sour no-brainer cocktail drink.

Shamrock Sour Recipe:

2 tablespoon lime juice

½ tablespoon lemon juice

¼ cup simple syrup

2 ounces Irish whiskey

1 tiny drop of green food coloring

Lime wedges

How to make Shamrock Sour:

  1. Combine all the ingredients and shake well.

  2. Strain over ice

  3. Finish it off with lime wedges

You can also make a shamrock stirrer to make it more creative and festive.

12. Irish Mint Mojito, a refreshing Irish drink

IRISH MOJITO DRINK

This is typically a classic mint mojito drink added with a bit of an Irish touch by featuring one of Ireland’s popular whiskey, the Jameson Irish Whiskey.

Irish Mint Mojito Recipe:

½ cup sugar

½ cup water

¼ cup mint leaves

4 lime wedges

4 oz Irish Whiskey

Crushed ice

Splash of tonic or ginger ale

How to make Irish Mint Mojito:

  1. Combine water and sugar over medium heat to create the syrup. Make sure to bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer until the mixture thickens.

  2. Mix the mint leaves with the lime wedges in a cocktail shaker using a wooden spoon.

  3. Add the Irish whiskey and the crushed ice.

  4. Shake the mixture for 30 seconds and pour into glass.

  5. Finish it off with a splash of tonic or ginger ale.

13. Pot O’ Gold Shots, a fun alcoholic St. Patrick’s drink

Nothing is more Irish than this Pot O’ Gold shots recipe for St. Patrick’s Day. The cute and creative presentation of the shot makes it really fun to drink. You can also convert this drink into a non-alcoholic version by simply replacing whiskey for ½ cup of cold water.

Pot O’ Gold Shots Recipe:

1 pack lemon/ pineapple Jell-O

½ c cold whiskey

1 c. cool whip

Gold sprinkles

Rainbow candy belts

How to make Pot O’ Gold Shots:

  1. Boil 1 cup of water and mix the Jell-O mix until dissolved.

  2. Stir in cup of water and whiskey.

  3. Pour the mixture in a plastic shot glass.

  4. Refrigerate for about 2 hours.

  5. Top it with cool whip and gold sprinkles.

  6. Finish off with the rainbow belts positioned like a rainbow on top of the glass.

14. Baileys Mudslide, a sweet Irish cream treat

Baileys Mudslide

Whether you’re in an Irish cocktail party or enjoying post-dinner, this drink will satisfy your sweet tooth- all thanks to the Godiva Chocolate Liqueur that gives life to this creamy drink. Also, this drink isn’t difficult to prepare too!

Baileys Mudslide Recipe:

2 oz Baileys Irish cream

¼ oz Smirnoff No. 21 vodka

¼ oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur

How to make Baileys Mudslide:

  1. Mix the ingredients all together.

  2. Pour into glass. You can serve it with ice or blend with ice.

15. Irish coffee, a popular Irish coffee with a twist

Irish coffee

This popular Irish drink is simply a combination of coffee and whiskey and who would have thought that these two are perfect together? The best part of this drink is that it doesn’t take forever to prepare.

Irish coffee Recipe:

16 oz. hot water

2 tsp. Light brown sugar

2 oz. Irish whiskey

1 c. brewed coffee

1/2 c.  heavy cream

Chocolate shavings

How to make Irish coffee:

  1. Pour hot water into two separate mugs and let sit for 2 minutes.

  2. Pour out water and add 1 teaspoon light brown sugar to each mug.

  3. Pour hot coffee into the mug.

  4. Stir until sugar dissolves.

  5. Pour Jameson Irish Whiskey into the mug.

  6. Whisk cream in a separate bowl/mixer. Make sure cream is thick but still pourable.

  7. Pour the cream on top of the coffee.

  8. Finish it off with chocolate shavings.

 


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