Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but it’s not just Irish people who think our country is a stunner.
The Lonely Planet released its Top 500 experiences list and some idyllic Irish locations have made the cut.
In fact, eight of Ireland’s most gorgeous locations made the list.
It may come as no surprised that the Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s top spot according to the travel site.
The list illustrates the most ‘thrilling, memorable and interesting’ locations in the world and the Wild Atlantic Way landed at number 21 worldwide.
The website described it as ‘the ultimate road trip’ and considering so many of us chose to do just that over the summer on our staycations, we clearly agree.
Another great Irish roadtrip is the Ring of Kerry which also made the list along with a slew of other experiences and locations across the island.
Staying on the west coast of the country, ‘the village pub culture’ of the Connemara Peninsula in Co Galway and Donegal’s Sliabh Liag sea cliffs featured on the list.
Heading back east, the home of the passage graves of Newgrange in Co Meath, Bru na Boinne, made the cut, as did the architecture of Trinity College Dublin.
The Giant’s Causeway also made the list along with its Northern Irish brethren the Titanic experience in Belfast.
Topping the worldwide list was Petra in Jordan, with Lonely Planet’s Vice President of Publishing, Piers Pickard, said of the list: ‘After seven months of staying at home, now’s the perfect time to start thinking about where and how to travel once normality returns.’
Time to start planning our winter staycations, and you can find some inspiration here.