A country bursting with legends, landscapes, and life, Ireland is a destination which draws in travellers from all over the world – and has been on my bucket list for quite some time now. And while it may seem small, it packs a lot into its limited landscape, another reason I’m dying to visit Ireland! From ethereal coastal scenery to Guinness-fuelled towns and cities, you will find the famous Irish ‘craic’ waiting for you around every corner. And if you are still not entirely convinced, here are some of the main reasons why you should visit this incredible country.
Myths and Folklore
Leprechauns and giants used to roam this land, and this influence can be felt all over the country. Perhaps the most famous place which has been formed by mythical creatures is Giant’s Causeway in the Northern Ireland. The legend goes that the landscape was forged so that the giant could keep his feet dry as walked across to Scotland. The other story is that the unique rocky scenery was formed by a volcanic eruption. It is worth paying a visit so that you can make your own mind up!
Pub Culture and Nightlife
The pubs form the centre of life all over Ireland, from its tiny villages to its bustling cities. Traditional music and laughter will be there waiting for you, along with a pint or two of the country’s world-famous Guinness. And many pubs these days also serve traditional Irish fare including traditional stews and seafood caught fresh from the sea. While Temple Bar in Dublin may be the most famous area for pubs, you can often find the liveliest drinking holes in the smallest of villages.
Scenery and Landscapes
Famed for its coastal scenery, Ireland is a stunning nation to visit. Whether you have weeks to spend to drive around or just time for a couple of day tours around Ireland, you are bound to be enraptured. Connemara, the Ring of Kerry, West Cork – though the names sound simple enough, they all play host to nature in all its glory. And you can visit many of these places free of the crowds which flock to less beautiful locations in other countries.
History and Castles
No matter where you go in Ireland, it will be difficult to get away from its rich history. And why would you want to anyway?! You can find everything from prehistoric sites which are older than Stone Henge to memorials which recognise the country’s more recent turbulent history. On a lighter note, in Dublin, you can visit the Guinness Storehouse to find out about the story of the iconic drink. And no trip to Ireland would be complete without visiting one or two of its fairytale castles. Blarney Castle in County Cork stands proudly as one of the most-visited castles in the country.
A trip to Ireland will certainly be an unforgettable experience and you will be embraced warmly by the land and the locals, have you been?