Ireland is arguably one of the most beautiful places on earth. With this gorgeous green landscapes, and it’s rich legendary history, it’s not hard to see why millions of people choose to visit it every year. If you are looking for an unforgettable place to visit, look no further than the Emerald Isle.
Why You Need To Visit Ireland
There are many amazing things to do while visiting Ireland, 5 of the most memorable include:
- Irish Castle Tours. When looking for vacation packages, make sure yours includes a tour of some of the islands breathtaking castles. These imposing buildings radiate an almost otherworldly romantic feeling. It’s nearly indescribable unless you’ve felt it yourself. By far the most popular castle to visit is Blarney Castle, known worldwide for it’s infamous blarney stone. Aside from the stone, it also features impressively preserved battlements, gardens, and caves. In addition to Blarney, Kilkenny, Cahir, and Dunguaire castles are other castles that offer the opportunity to visit, and it’s easy to imagine the history that transpired in their impressive walls.
- Magical Landscapes. Ireland features landscapes unlike anything you can find elsewhere in the world. When booking a trip, make sure your vacation package includes visits to the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, or Galway’s Connemara cultural region. Additionally, more unusual sights such as the Giant’s Causeway, with it’s stunning basalt columns, make it easy to imagine how stories of fairies and giants emerged centuries ago.
- The Guinness Storehouse. You can’t simply visit Ireland without sampling a couple pints. The Guinness storehouse sees over a million visitors every year, and offers a unique look into their brewing processes. After wetting your whistle you can head up to their Gravity bar which offers a complete 360 degree view of Dublin city. It can be the perfect way to wind down the day, and take a break from castle touring and hiking the hills.
- Ancient History. Archeologists have found evidence of humans inhabiting Ireland as far back as 10,500 BC. This lends itself to impressive prehistoric sites that can only be found on the island. While StoneHenge is known to most people, Bru na Boinne, located in County Meath, is much older, even more so than the Giza Pyramids. Also featured here is Newgrange, an ancient tomb that has been found to line up perfectly with the winter solstice. Nearby, Knowth, another tomb also resides, and is thought to house over a third of all megalithic art known in Western Europe. And, if that wasn’t enough, to the west in County Mayo, Ceide Fields offers the world’s largest neolithic site. If you are someone who appreciates history, you’ll find more than your fair share here in Ireland.
- Festivals. When planning your vacation package see of you can include one of the amazing festivals hosted around the country. While you can be sure to see St. Patrick’s day festivals about, there are also musical festivals like Electric Picnic. Or if you’re looking for literature, the Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival is something that you’re sure to enjoy. Likewise, the Brazen Head pub in Dublin features it’s Evening of Food, Folklore, and Fairies. This gives attendants the chance to experience a candlelit dinner, while taking in the lore and musical traditions of Ireland.
In all honesty this is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of things to do in Ireland; however, I hope it helps when planning your perfect vacation package. With so much to do and so much to see, it’s nigh impossible to experience it all in one trip. On the bright side, that just means you’ll have to keep coming back so you can explore it all. And, trust me when I say that once you come to Ireland, you’ll never want to stop coming back.