Ireland is an enchanting country. It might not be one at the top of your list but once you get there you’ll realize you’ve been missing out. Ireland is a small country, modernizing but keeping its breathtaking ancient landscapes and some of the friendliest people on earth. Even if it’s rainy, which happens a lot, you’ll be certainly received with a warm welcome. There are many reasons to visit Ireland, and below you’ll find five that should be convincing enough.
1. Beautiful Scenery
Ireland is known to have some of the best scenery in the world. Its beautiful vistas and cliffs are a testament to that. With landmarks like the Cliffs of Moher and the Wild Atlantic Way, you can be sure to see the beautiful scenery at its very finest. The Wild Atlantic Way stretches over 1,500 miles across the coastline of Ireland. You could spend days driving around to witness its brilliance. The Cliffs of Moher are over 700 feet high, looking out into the ocean.
Waking up on the west coast of Ireland is magical. Take your time to soak in the stunning views of the Atlantic ocean and the steep cliffs. You could even get lucky and witness some whales. After some warming breakfast porridge head over to explore the fishing villages of Cork and Kerry in the south-west. But if you are going to go camping in Ireland, make sure you’re prepared with supplies.
If you are a movie or television buff, films like “Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince” and “Game of Thrones” have been filmed in the countryside of Ireland. How amazing it would be to be stepping on the very same ground where Harry Potter showcased his magical powers! It’s like a dream come true, right? These iconic and fantastic places of Ireland will surely blow your mind with excitement and beauty. You won’t ever want to leave Ireland once you have arrived!
2. Perfect for an Adventure
If you are looking for the perfect adventure, come soak yourself in all that Ireland has to offer. Attention History Buffs! Come check out the Bru Na Boinne Tombs which are even older than the pyramids of Egypt. These might not be as well-known as the pyramids, but they are worth the time to see. Built over 5,000 years ago, these tombs have a great history dating back to the Late Stone Age.
Another place for adventure is The Blarney Stone. This is a block of limestone that has a plethora of visitors seeking to kiss the stone each year. What a great way to culminate your experience in Ireland, by saying goodbye to this beloved land with a kiss. You might fall in love with good, old Ireland.
3. The People
Every place you go might claim that they have the best people around. But, when you come to Ireland, you will run into some fantastic people, and that is no lie. Conde Nast Traveler named Dublin as the 5th friendliest city in the world. Can you imagine how friendly the people are in the city of Dublin to be considered as the 5th among all friendliest cities all over the world?
Moreover, if it is your first time in Ireland, consider checking out the “City of a Thousand Welcomes” initiative. This was created for visitors to be set-up with locals. Dubliners, then, will show you the city of Dublin. What a great experience that would be! You will surely make some friends in the process.
4. The Culture
You will really love everything about the culture of Ireland. Ireland has artisanal farmers markets scattered all across the countryside if you are interested in some Irish flavor. These markets include local and organic produce to fill everyone’s taste buds.
Or, maybe you are more of a music lover. Some Irish music will brighten up your day. With the traditional Irish “seisiún,” you will experience the country’s amazing folk music. You will also get to see and hear fantastic instruments such as fiddles, tin whistles, Uilleann pipes, and flutes all in the warm, friendly confines of a pub where you can get a few drinks and enjoy one of the best times in your lifetime.
5. Foodies Dream
When you want to spend some time in Ireland, you must also take some time to get to know Ireland’s fresh dairy options. The farmhouse cheese has just recently garnered more acclaim around the world, and it is worth every nibble. Grab a cracker, and you are good to go. From Ardrahan, Gubbeen, or Knockdrinna, there are plenty of establishments to find the cheese of your dreams.
One unique establishment to check out would be the Rayanne House. This restaurant is an interesting one that you will definitely not forget. With a 9-course meal, Rayannes’ prepares a meal straight out of the first class cabin of the Titanic. You will feel like you are on-board with the wealthiest of the time period, but without the tragic plummeting of the ship to the bottom of the Atlantic. Their meals are low risk and high reward. With all these food options, you will leave Ireland feeling full and planning your new diet regime!
How does a trip to Ireland sound now?
Author Bio: David is a blogger at BestTentForYou.com where he reviews and evaluates the best outdoor gear and equipment. He is passionate about anything and everything that has to do with exploration and adventure, whether that’s travelling across the world or camping in his own backyard, he’s passionate about it all!