When it comes to top vacation destinations, what usually comes to mind? Certainly many people would say that they would prefer to go somewhere warm and tropical. Unfortunately, this means that they miss the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty and adventure that awaits in a place like Ireland.
Ireland is a huge island that is about 300 miles in length and 170 miles wide, and it is home to over 6 million people. Typically the weather is very mild–not too hot and not very cold– but also quite unpredictable. It’s definitely recommended to have an umbrella handy at all times, because it may rain at the drop of a hat. However, the weather is no match for the breathtaking view of the rolling hills, cliffs and ocean that the country offers. Much of the countries historic landmarks and landscape have been well-preserved, so visitors can see and feel pieces of Irish history that is hundreds of years old. If you’re looking for adventure, one can visit Blarney Castle and lean over the castle wall to kiss the Blarney Stone in Cork. Or you can take a scenic hike across the edge of the Cliffs of Moher, thousands of feet above the Atlantic Ocean. There’s plenty to see while hiking across the rolling green countryside. If you’re looking to get close to the coast, there’s plenty of time to explore the white sandy beaches, mountains and coastal towns located within the Ring of Kerry. The Ring of Kerry is a 179 km route that stretches around the Iveragh Peninsula. Besides taking in all the views that the Ring has to offer, there are plenty of activities to get involved in during your visit. Kitesurfing, hill climbing, cycling and golfing are all amazing activities to enjoy while traveling this vast Peninsula. And, if you’re looking for some awesome seafood along the coast, try Dooly’s fish and chips in Tramore or Waterford.
There are also plenty of things to see and do within the capital city of the Republic of Ireland–Dublin. This city is home to over one million people. Tour world famous Guinness Brewery, and visit the largest stadium in the country, Croke Park. It’s a lively city full of music, culture, history and plenty of Irish pubs.
For the culinary connoisseurs, Dublin is a foodie heaven. There are dozens of pubs and restaurants that take traditional Irish and European fare to the next level using the freshest ingredients. Try L. Mulligan Grocer pub for some of the best in Irish beer, whiskey and cuisine. Of course, beer lovers can’t leave the city without sampling some of the best beer around at the Guinness Storehouse. Take a tour through seven floors of rich history and delicious Irish brew.
Sports lovers will find a new home in Ireland’s national game of hurling. Hurling is a traditional Irish sport that is sort of like a cross between baseball and lacrosse. It is also deemed “the fastest game on grass.” Catch a game in the city’s huge Croke Park stadium.
There is no doubt that Ireland holds a special treat for every visitor. You’ll leave feeling refreshed and wondering, “How soon can I come back?” Ireland is definitely a can’t-miss destination for anyone planning their next big vacation. It’s certainly a huge underestimated gem that will provide a trip that you won’t soon forget.