Ireland – a place of breathtaking scenery, friendly people and a pace of life all of its own!
A vacation to the captivating island of Ireland is an unforgettable and enriching experience, regardless of which area you choose to visit. Whether you’re interested in places of historical interest, the urban buzz of its well-known cities, or simply taking long relaxing walks along some of the beautiful sandy beaches, you will fall in love with Ireland. And it really doesn’t matter what time of the year you visit, from January through December, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Let’s talk about its stunning scenery to start. If you are planning your first ever vacation to Ireland, there are some places that you’ve no doubt heard all about such as the breathtaking Ring of Kerry in the Southwest of Ireland (gorgeous!), the dramatic Cliffs of Moher in County Clare (jaw-dropping!) or the majesty and mystery that is the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim – you have to see it in person to believe it. That having been said, there are ample chances to broaden your horizons a little by visiting some of the lesser-known areas of Ireland. True beauty awaits in rural areas of West Cork, the dramatic Sally Gap in the Wicklow Mountains, or the Sperrin Mountains in Counties Londonderry and Tyrone – with their enchanting forests and rolling river glens.
When it comes to the arts, you’ll find that this is a country steeped in an iconic heritage known the world over. Spanning the fields of literature, theatre, film, music and fine art, Ireland has quite the treasure trove stored among its rolling green hills. The cities and towns of the Emerald Isle abound with theatre, especially Dublin, which boasts the Abbey and Gaiety Theaters. Lovers of contemporary art are in for a real treat with several galleries worthy of visits, including the Irish Museum of Modern Art also located in Dublin, and the Ormeau Baths Gallery located to the north in Belfast. And music? Delightfully it’s everywhere you go! From the Castleward Opera in County Down to traditional Irish music being played in charming pubs everywhere across this country, you’ll never be at a loss for the lively and oft times haunting melodious Irish tunes. Take special note of when you visit because there are a multitude of organized yearly music festivals. It’s not difficult to find one, regardless of the time of year!
It has to be said that shopping is also a cultural experience not to be missed. No visit to Waterford or County Tryone is complete without a tour of the Crystal works they’re known for, and if you are in Fermanagh you should visit Belleek Pottery works; fine crystal and pottery is for sale at many shops not only in these areas, but also across Ireland, including the popular Duty-Free (tax-free) shops! Looking for Northern Ireland’s famous linen? Remember the Irish Linen Centre in Lisburn – it has quite the variety. In fact, everywhere you go, you’ll find countless handmade and traditional items that will make the perfect memento of your visit to Ireland.
After your excursions, indulge in the simple pleasures of a real Irish Pub – authentic food and drink (think Guinness!) while enjoying lively conversation with the locals. If you fancy discovering where the drink behind the bar actually comes from, you can visit the famous distilleries of Ireland including the Old Jameson Distillery or the Guinness Storehouse, both located in Dublin, or the Midleton Whiskey Distillery located to the south in County Cork.
Wherever you go, whatever you do, you’ll be astounded by the sheer beauty and incredible diversity of the landscape. And when all is said and done, the warmth of its people makes this gorgeous green land so incredibly special.
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