Ireland is a popular place. In 2019 alone, more than 11.3 million people visited. Nearly all travelers begin their trip in Dublin, and many choose to stay in the capital rather than experience the rest of the country. The overload of tourists to this small metropolis in high season can feel overwhelming. To escape the crowds, we explored areas just an hour outside the city center, where we found magnificent historic sites, charming towns and a quieter side of Ireland.