Today is St. Patrick’s Day, so it seemed only fitting to post something about Ireland! I’ve never been to the country, but it’s moving up on my wish list. (Leave a comment with your must-see places!) My Irish bucket list would combine both Ireland and Northern Ireland. So much to see in both countries, I couldn’t do one without a visit to the other! The short list so far is below — and I truly do want to hear any and all ideas. Nothing is on the books yet, so this is truly a clean slate!

My Irish Bucket List

Dublin

What’s a visit to Ireland without stopping in Dublin? It’s like going to England without London. (Which, granted, I’ve done regularly — but only after I’d visited London once.)

My Irish bucket list has to include Dublin. I need to find this Dublin bridge. Image via Ireland.com.

I need to find this Dublin bridge. Image via Ireland.com.

National Geographic offers a whole list of things to do in the fall in Ireland. I have a feeling that several of these will happen on my trip; fall is my favorite season!

Belfast

I adore C.S. Lewis — which is a big reason why I need to go to Northern Ireland. He was born in Belfast, and it and the surrounding areas played quite a role in his formative years. TravelZoo and BookRiot both highlight key Lewis sites to visit. #geek

This statue of C.S. Lewis as his character Digory Kirkle sits in Belfast. Image via BookRiot.

This statue of C.S. Lewis as his character Digory Kirkle sits in Belfast. Image via BookRiot.

Downhill

Also in Northern Ireland, this area initially appealed to me as some friends own Downhill Beachhouse. I mean … how to beat this view??

Downhill Beachhouse. Image via DownhillBeachhouse.com.

Downhill Beachhouse. Image via DownhillBeachhouse.com.

I also think it would provide a nice contrast to the city atmospheres of Dublin and Belfast. It reminds me quite a bit of Scotland’s St. Andrews!

Suggestions?

I told you this bucket list was short and a work in progress! ๐Ÿ™‚ What do you suggest?

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