By Anna Fishman
Ireland. An often underrated country on the tourism front. I must say, if you are hot on travel and vacation, and need a place to cool off during your off-work season, Ireland is a must on your bucket list. The reasons to visit and explore Ireland on your next vacation are numerous. Consider just 10 of them.
Of course, the cost is a major factor when choosing any vacation destination. Your visit to the Emerald Isle doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, the best way to experience this lovely, historic country is on a budget. With the improving train and bus services, public transportation can get you around easily, while letting you mingle with the people. Investing in a Heritage card is also a great way to save on your visit.
- Green and Gorgeous
Ireland is gorgeous. There’s hardly any other way to dress this right. The lush green fields of the mountain side, the rugged rocks, the moving sea, the stunning woods (remember Game of Thrones?), the Glacial mountain passes; the list of Ireland’s natural beauty is endless. Visit the historic Cliffs of Moher, head out to the gorgeous Ring of Kerry, or enjoy nature in a National Park.
- Amazing Food
If you are a foodie, with a strong yearning for wholesome, healthy delicacies, Ireland should be on your bucket list. The Irish breakfast and potato soup are quite popular Irish delicacies. But there’s much more to Irish meals than that. A glass of Irish wine is always a great bonus. TIP: Many restaurants in Adare Village are Michelin star recipients.
- Full of History
History, history, and then some more history. Whichever form of history catches your fancy – medieval or modern – Ireland has something for you. From the Kilmainham Gaol (Ireland’s historic prison) to the Skellig Michael monastery, the historic sites (with their accompanying stories and lessons) are endless.
- A Night in a Castle
Castles. Like much of the United Kingdom, there is no shortage of castles in Ireland. When planning your vacation, be sure to plan a visit to one of Ireland’s more famous castles. The medieval Rock of Cashel, magnificent Blarney Castle, the Victorian Bunratty Castle – the list is endless, literally. Find one that allows reservations (Adare Manor or Dromoland Castle, for example) and spend the night there. It would be a night that takes you back in time.
- Away From The Crowds
For some reason, Ireland is not top of every vacationer’s preferred destinations. True, many hope to visit, but often that is put away. This makes a vacation in Ireland even more alluring. Enjoy a peaceful time away from the crowds that is both enlightening and relaxing.
- The Pubs
The Irish pub is so different from any you have ever visited. Regardless of whether you are a regular visitor to the pubs or you are more of a conservative, it is sure to keep you glued. The pubs hold a lot for you – great food, live bands, and an effervescent air of festivity that fills you with a calming warmth.
- Adorable People
Ireland is home. It is a home that welcomes everyone. Regardless of how sociable (or not) you are, the Irish welcome you and treat you as a family. Fair to say, there is no stranger in Ireland and you are sure to enjoy her peoples.
- The Adventures
Imagine hiking the trails in the woods of Game of Thrones. The view is stunning and so is the hike. Hike through the woods in Glenveagh National Park or Killarney National Park. A range of adventures awaits you in Ireland. For water lovers, you’d enjoy the kayaking, coasteering, and stand-up paddle boarding on Islands such as Skellig Islands and Aran Islands.
- Guinness Storehouse
The iconic storehouse of Guinness Breweries is a must-see attraction on your visit to Ireland. Located in the heart of St James’s Gate Brewery, Dublin, you take a walk through history, enjoying the stories of Ireland’s historic beer. Starting at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass, your journey ends when you enjoy a pint of complimentary Guinness.
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