To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve compiled our favorite pictures of the Emerald Isle. These photos—from a trio of traditional Irish wedding crashers to breathtaking views of sea coasts to a woman bending backward to kiss the Blarney Stone, among others—may just inspire you to plan your own trip to Ireland. Whether you’re exploring the famous Wild Atlantic Way or forging a path of your own, here are some things you might want to know about the most renowned sites along the way.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
The largest cathedral in the country is still an active house of worship. If you are in Dublin, be sure to stop in Monday through Saturday for a free guided tour or check the calendar for a chance to see the 500-year-old choir perform.
Cliffs of Moher
You can easily spend a few hours enjoying this natural wonder, but don't waste time waiting in line for tickets when you can buy them in advance online. You can also download an audio guide ahead of time for a fully immersive experience on the ground.
Blarney Castle and Gardens
Kissing the Blarney Stone is on many visitors’ to-do lists when planning a trip to Ireland. While you’re at this historic castle, be on the look out for some surprising species in the surrounding woodlands, including otters, red squirrels, and buzzards. Or visit some of the world's most dangerous plants in the Poison Garden, if you dare.