I presume you're flying into Dublin: here's a link for Dublin and a link for its environs buried in it.
After doing Dublin & Wicklow (the Garden of Ireland), I;ve dealt with the main sights in the embeded link, I've also mentioned the medieval city of Kilkenny which has a nice castle & some quirky shops. That's it really.
Co. Wexford: The terrain here is rather flat & far from the most spectacular in Ireland however what might be worth visiting is the fishing village of Kilmore Quay on the south coast with its thatched roofs & plethora of restaurants with great seafood. There's a nice beach you can walk on & a monument to the tragic Air Corps men who lost their lives in the Tramore rescue.
You might like to visit Hook Head lighthouse.
You may want to go to Ireland to visit the Waterford Crystal Showrooms.
Of course inland in County Tipperary you have the famous Rock of Cashel.
I would skidaddle over to County Cork then. Now THIS IS a spectacular county with amazing scenery. Barr some of County Dublin, Wicklow and Down & Armagh in the north all in eastern Ireland, most of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland is over in the west, south west & north west so I would give alot of time to this area. almost 7 years ago
Cork City: A walk up the main thoroughfare of St. Patricks Street & a visit to the English Market to experience its Gastronomic Delights.
The Bells of Shandon are a landmark though unlikely to blow you away.
Link for attactions in Cork City & a bit beyond.
Take the train out to Cobh. The train passes through the sea between islands & is an experience in itself, one of the best train trips in Ireland IMHO. Enroute stop off at Fota to visit the wildlife park & arboretum and Fota Hose if you wish..
Pop back on the train & head east to its terminus at Cobh sitting on Cork Harbour and which has a huge maritime heritage. It was the last port of call for the Titanic and where the survivors of the Lusitania which was sunk off the Old Head of Kinsale were brought to the Commodore Hotel which is worth visiting to see the maritime pictures. It is a hictoric hotel on the waterfront.
Visit Cobh Heritage Centre.
Cobh is home to the Irish Navu whose base is situated on an island in the harbour. If you want to get out on the harbour, try Eddiie English's.
South of Cork City you have the gastronomic town of Kinsale.
West of Cork city you have the famous town of Blarney where you can kiss the blarney stone at Blarney Castle & wander the quirky shops.
The inland route will take you to Gougane Barra, Inchigeelagh with its beautiful vista of lake & St Finbarrs Church.
The spectacular route will bring you through Clonakilty famous for its savoury black & white pudding. Tastes better than the ingredients sounds, it would be a close relation to the Scottish haggis.
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The further west the more spectacular the scenery gets. Head south from the town of Skibereen to the coastal towns of Baltimore or Schull.
Take a boat out to the Fastnet Rock (lighthouse), weather permitting.
Visit the weather station at Mizen Head.
Take a boat trip out to Cape Clear Island
Continue up the west coast to the town of Bantry, visit Bantry House.
North of here the road from Cork to Gougane Barra Inchigeelagh exits.
Continue on to Glengariff and visit the beautiful gardens of Garnish Island.
You are now about to pass into the equally spectacular County of County Kerry.
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There are 3 peninsulas. Straddling the border of the two counties the first one you encounter if the Beara Peninsula and, from a tourist point of view, the least developed.
The next peninsula you will encounter is the Iveragh Peninsula better known as The Ring of Kerry through the pretty town of Kenmare.
If you're feeling flush there is a famous hotel at Parknasilla, Sneem.
Heading further west to Cahersiveen head out to Knightsbridge, Valentia Island accessible by ferry or bridge.
From Valentia Island the place to visit is the beehive huts & Stairway to Heaven on the Skellig Islands. Bear in mind they are quite a way out to sea & it is worth having good sea legs for this trip otherwise you may give yourself an unpleasant hellish day. Otherwise it is worth the trip to one of the most spectacular islands in Ireland.
Valentia weather station is in these parts though I'm not sure if it's open to the general public without special permission.
The Iveragh peninsula is home to the highest mountain in Ireland called Carrantuohill.
Head inland and you come to Killarney and head north and you come to the 3rd peninsula of Dingle. Sporting the beautiful town of Dingle overlooked by the Connor Pass taking you to the north of the peninsula this road is really worth a drive for the extraordinary views. However remaining on the south of the peninsula head towards Slea Head & Dunquin overlooking the Blasket Islands & you'll be greeted by some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland. Much of the film Ryans Daughter was filmed in these parts including on Inch Strand.
Link for main sights in County Kery, Limerick and Clare.
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Link for main sights in County Galway and Mayo with some info on County Antrim & route back to Dublin.
North of Mayo is the beautiful, if often overlooked county of Sligo.
From Sligo town you can visit the coastal town of Rosses Point & the inland stunning route that brings you up by the electric hill and by the back of Benbulben Mountain & the waterfall at Glencar. This is the home county of the famous poet, Yeats, and his grave can be visited.
Head inland to Lough Gill & the Isle of Innisfree & take a barge trip on the lake. Visit the castle on its shore in the neighbouring County of Leitrim.
Heading up to Donegal, take the coastal route up to Mullaghmore, scene of the murder of Lord Louis Mountbatten who was blown up on a boat by the IRA.
County Donegal, what can I say. A beautiful county as any. (I'll write more on it later).
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