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Top 12 Things to Do in Ireland for Seniors

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Powerscourt House & Gardens in County Wicklow, Ireland

Powerscourt House & Gardens in County Wicklow, Ireland

From incredible cliffs to captivating cultural history, the top 12 things to do in Ireland for seniors embrace the diversity of the Emerald Isle to immerse you in a combination of natural wonders and the splendor of heritage.

Mighty mountains, winding roads, joyful pubs, and opulent castles reflect layers of contemporary culture informed by the past. With colorful villages and robust wildlife, the landscape can feel like a fairytale and daily life can feel like a storybook.

Whether looking for an exciting exploration of the scenery or a connection to the radiant history, interested in finding the unique or eager to uncover something new, Ireland is the perfect destination for your senior tour and can be personalized to your preference of activities and exploration.

Overview

  1. 1. Visit Castles and Estates
  2. 2. Cycle the Mayo Greenway
  3. 3. Embrace the Cliffs of Moher
  4. 4. Venture to the Aran Islands
  5. 5. Enjoy Whale-Watching
  6. 6. Discover the Stars
  7. 7. Explore Historic Cathedrals
  8. 8. Wander the Winding Healy Pass
  9. 9. Travel along the Slieve League Cliffs
  10. 10. Follow the Wild Atlantic Way
  11. 11. Look for Puffins at Skellig Michael
  12. 12. Uncover Ancient Culture at Newgrange
  13. Find the Best Things to Do for Your Ireland Trip

1. Visit Castles and Estates

Kilkenny Castle, Ireland

Kilkenny Castle, Ireland

Ancient history, dramatic heritage, and opulent design unfold when you visit the preserved castles and elaborate estates in Ireland. Grounds may hold expansive forests, shimmering lakes, and stunning gardens, with access to falconry, archery, horseback riding, and winding trails. Preserved architecture can demonstrate the necessity for defense against forces unknown and known. The castles and estates across Ireland can immerse you in the layers of the Irish past as you embrace the lives of monarchs and aristocrats on a tour or during a reserved stay.

2. Cycle the Mayo Greenway

Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland

Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland

The grandeur of Ireland’s natural landscape springs to life along the Mayo Greenway, a long stretch of cycling path that connects picturesque villages, mountains, and breathtaking coastal views. Whether on a family exploration, a couple’s excursion, or a last-minute getaway, taking the Mayo Greenway can introduce you to true Irish hospitality. With wild beaches, horizon views, and access to Achill Island, you can embrace the wonders of County Mayo impressed upon the greater reputation of Ireland’s famous scenery.

3. Embrace the Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher at sunset, Ireland

Cliffs of Moher at sunset, Ireland

Discover the windswept grasses, steep dip into the Atlantic, and crashing waters of the wild ocean when visiting the renowned Cliffs of Moher. As one of the most famous destinations in Ireland, you can quickly sink into the untamed beauty at the edge of the island as you watch for puffins diving into the water or stay for the inspiring colors of sunset as they layer the horizon. The natural splendor can create the perfect photogenic ambiance that captures the spirit of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Walk the trail, explore the visitor’s center, or simply indulge in the remarkable panorama at your pace.

4. Venture to the Aran Islands

Ancient stone fort, Inishmore, Aran Islands, Ireland

Ancient stone fort, Inishmore, Aran Islands, Ireland

Cultural and natural history converge on the Aran Islands. When you take a ferry to the remote outcroppings just off the western shores, you can uncover a land where time has stood still. Irish remains the first language of locals and trails provide access for horses, bicycles, and carriages instead of cars. Irish hospitality takes on a completely new perspective when accentuated by the spectacular sea cliffs, captivating ancient forts, and traditional pubs alive with customary songs and folklore. The Aran Islands can bring you a customary Irish experience that feels frozen in time and timeless.

5. Enjoy Whale-Watching

Excursion boat in the Irish Sea, Ireland

Excursion boat in the Irish Sea, Ireland

The Irish waters offer surprises and delights during a whale-watching excursion. The majesty of the landscape and folklore extend to the sea as you search for minke, fin, and humpback whales. Whether waiting for a breach, during which whales spring from the ocean and crash back into the water, or eager to spot passing dolphins, porpoises, seals, and basking sharks, whale-watching in Ireland provides a multitude of beauty, intrigue, and wonder.

6. Discover the Stars

Blackrock Castle, Observatory and Planetarium, Cork, Ireland

Blackrock Castle, Observatory and Planetarium, Cork, Ireland

The starlight becomes a feature of the Irish night when you visit Blackrock Observatory. Learn about the distinctive features of the sky with an interactive storytelling experience that explores the history of the local land and the shifting perspective of the starry night on the grounds of Blackrock Castle. Learn about space and astronomy from a local expert near the ruins of the fortifications on the banks of the River Lee and climb to the top of the former watchtower for a different view of Ireland.

7. Explore Historic Cathedrals

Celtic Cross, Kilfenor Village, County Clare, Ireland

Celtic Cross, Kilfenor Village, County Clare, Ireland

Uncover the unique ambiance of the many historic Catholic churches across Ireland, embodied in the ambiance of Kilfenora. With foundations that date back to the 12th century, the medieval structure remains home to one of the country’s most important high crosses and protects the structure with a glass roof. The nearly millennium-old building stands out with its antique walls and modern glass ceiling, a mixture of contemporary conservation protecting past beauty.

8. Wander the Winding Healy Pass

View of Kakha Mountain Range, Bear Peninsula, Ireland

View of Kakha Mountain Range, Bear Peninsula, Ireland

A scenic exploration through the Healy Pass can take you on the winding roads of the Ireland you always imagined. In one of the most beautiful parts of the island, you can cycle, drive, or walk through the landscape to find scenic views of glistening lakes, lush mountains, and the stunning expanse of the Beara Peninsula. Breathtaking views accompany the serpentine roadway, with atmospheric weather that can dress the sky in fog or unveil the craggy peaks of the Caha mountain range for an adventure you can explore at your own pace.

9. Travel along the Slieve League Cliffs

Plum League cliffs in sea fog, Ireland

Plum League cliffs in sea fog, Ireland

While less famous than the Cliffs of Moher, the Slieve League Cliffs are far more rugged and older, creating an untamed vision of the Irish coastline. Sea mist often creeps over the edge of the precipices to add drama to the sheer drop and the echo of crashing waves creates a haunting chorus. The Slieve League shapes the skyline as a veritable mountain by the sea that embodies the largest sea cliffs in Europe. You can feel as though you have reached the edge of the world where the steep ledge drops into the ocean. It is visible from the walkway molded to the contours of the landscape.

10. Follow the Wild Atlantic Way

Typical landscape of the Emerald Isle and Mount Ben Bulben, County Sligo, Wild Atlantic Route, Ireland.

Typical landscape of the Emerald Isle and Mount Ben Bulben, County Sligo, Wild Atlantic Route, Ireland.

Bask in the diverse scenery of the Emerald Isle on a scenic drive along the Wild Atlantic Way that stretches from northern Donegal to southern Cork. The coastline follows the beautiful beaches and opens to marvelous surf breaks, winds to shimmering lakes and uncovers mystic waterfalls. Whether looking for tiny coastal villages steeped in the aroma of the briny sea or interested in venturing into the rugged mountains that separate the coast from the interior, the Wild Atlantic Way is a path that inspires you to take your time to uncover the true beauty of Ireland.

11. Look for Puffins at Skellig Michael

Bright puffin birds, inhabitants of Skellig Michael Island, Ireland

Bright puffin birds, inhabitants of Skellig Michael Island, Ireland

The remote island of Skellig Michael is a haven for puffins that swirl around the cliffs and dive into the cold waters of the Atlantic. The island’s rocky outcrop offers nooks in which the puffins build their nests and find refuge from swooping winds. Wander the narrow trails of the vertical island landscape to find the remains of a 6th-century monastery, where monks established a colony for over a millennium, and bask in the feeling of remoteness that gives way to the active life of the puffin colony.

12. Uncover Ancient Culture at Newgrange

The majestic tomb of Newgrange, near the village of Bru-na-Boyne, Ireland

The majestic tomb of Newgrange, Ireland

The grand passage tomb of Newgrange can immerse you in the history of the Stone Age as the monument soars above the surrounding plain. With a history that dates back more than 5,000 years, the impressive structure is older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramids of Giza. As a place of astrological, spiritual, religious, and ceremonial importance, when you visit Newgrange you can feel the thread of importance between the ancient site and contemporary cathedrals.

Find the Best Things to Do for Your Ireland Trip

Landscape of Skellig Michael Island, Ireland

Landscape of Skellig Michael Island, Ireland

Travel into the heart of the Emerald Isle at your pace to uncover the timeless stories and captivating scenery during your senior tour. From dramatic castles to quiet seaside villages, towering cliffs to hidden ancient tombs, life in Ireland dances to a welcoming rhythm. Find more inspiration for planning your customizable senior trip with Zicasso’s sample Ireland Tours & Vacations. To speak with an Ireland travel specialist, you can fill out a Trip Request or call our team at 1-888-265-9707 to craft the perfect tour for you.

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