Paid PostPosted on Apr. 10, 201911 Activities You Can Do In Ireland That Won't Make People Go "Ugh, A Tourist"Your trip to Ireland doesn't have to look like a tourist's...or anyone else's, for that matter!by Tourism IrelandBrand PublisherFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Nosh fish and chips at the top of a cliff in Howth. Tourism Ireland Howth is a small fishing village just 25 minutes from central Dublin, and has a cliff walk that offers stunning views of Ireland's coastline. Bring your fish and chips to the top of the climb, so you can enjoy it as a well-deserved treat for your travels. They taste even better with the fresh sea air! 2. Uncover thrillingly dark stories from Dublin's past. Tourism Ireland If you can't get enough of true crime series back home, why should you have to put your obsession on hold during vacation? Visit the Kilmainham Gaol to read up on the Irish Civil War and see where former convicts were kept, or just take your own sinister stroll through Cromwell's Quarters (once called Murdering Lane). 3. Relax with some reading in St. Stephen's Green. Paul Gartland / Getty Images Between all the sightseeing, you're also going to want to take some time to relax and unwind. St. Stephen's Green is Dublin's bucolic paradise at the heart of the city, where you can blend in with the locals and catch up on some light reading while ducks and geese look on. 4. Climb 618 steps to inner peace in Kerry. via Tourism Ireland One surefire way not to look like a tourist in Ireland is to go to a remote, jagged island on the southwest side of the country that borders the Atlantic Ocean, with a 218-metre-tall mountain peak that takes 618 steps to climb and reveals a hidden, seventh-century monastery at the top. Right? Right. (The island is called Skellig Michael, by the way.) 5. Indulge your inner archaeologist on Valentia Island. via Tourism Ireland Off the coast of Kerry on Valentia Island, you won't just escape the tourists: You'll escape modern civilization! Tetrapod Trackway features petrified footprints from some of the world's first-known land vertebrates that walked on all fours. (When your friends text you to ask what you're up to, you can respond, "NBD, just standing in front of evidence of evolution from 350 million years ago.") 6. Shop to your heart's content in Galway. via Tourism Ireland Galway's Shop Street is aptly named for its wide array of boutiques and shops — not to mention the occasional busker or street performer! — housed inside bright storefronts and brick buildings. It's also completely pedestrianized (but narrow and winding enough to retain its historic charm)! 7. Take in some authentic Irish hospitality in Skibbereen. via Tourism Ireland If you're craving a taste of the provincial life, take a day trip to Skibbereen, a modest-sized town once visited by Anthony Bourdain. You can hike over to the scenic Lough Hyne and kayak across the bioluminescent waters, learn famine history at the Heritage Centre, and wind down in any one of the town's pubs, many of which boast open fireplaces! 8. Escape the people on a tiny island outside Cork. via Tourism Ireland / Robbie Murphy Just a short ferry ride outside of Cork sits a 3-mile-long expanse of greenery and sand known as Sherkin Island, with a population of just over 100. Wander serene trails and sandy coastlines without the hustle and bustle of crowds and discover the history behind its 15th-century Franciscan friary! 9. Descend into Viking territory in Kilkenny. via Tourism Ireland Travel inland from the coastal tourist throngs, and you can find yourself in Kilkenny, a medieval city in Ireland's ancient east rife with scenic garden walks, cobbled lanes, and castle-dotted canals. But the real thrill lies just a 15-minute drive outside the city, where you can descend into the eerie Dunmore Cave, rumoured to have been the site of a Viking massacre in 928 CE. 10. Dig deeper into history in Belfast. via Tourism Ireland For a glimpse into history that doesn't come with a boring audio guide, head to Belfast, where surviving street art and murals tell a meaningful story about past events that have defined the country. What's more, Belfast boasts an especially lively trad and folk music scene, and you'd be remiss not to dance to some of it — usually played by a live band! — while you're there. 11. Live your very own Irish fairy tale off the western coast. via Tourism Ireland For a truly magical experience, get out to County Sligo, where you can gaze at Classiebawn Castle; hike to the peak of Knocknarea, where a mythical queen is said to be buried; and even discover a tiny, enchanted valley known as the Glen, where tall, ivy-covered walls and sloping treetops give off major labyrinthian vibes. Um, reality who?? Don't sleep on your next trip to Ireland. Book today!