Ireland is easily one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Sure, that might seem like a big claim, considering that there are some truly spectacular places on this planet. But Ireland is one of the best. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself.
No one ever comes back from a trip to Ireland talking about how it was so-so or they were ready to be finished with it. They come back raving about how amazing a time they had and how much they already want to go back.
This photo of Great Blasket Island is courtesy of TripAdvisor
From the moment you touch down on the Emerald Isle, you’re treated to some amazing views of incredibly greenery. As soon as you hit the countryside, the mountains and genuinely emerald glow to everything will take your breath away. Often you’ll see scenes that appear to be from a storybook – sheep grazing on the hills, romantic castle ruins off in the distance. Ireland is truly a place like no other.
If you choose to start your Irish tour in a city, settle in to Dublin for a few days of sight-seeing, shopping and some serious drinking. Stroll into one of the many pubs and you’ll be delighted by how friendly and welcoming the locals are – but be careful about your hangover the next day, as you don’t want to miss out on seeing any of this charming and dynamic city. Of course, you can just opt to combine the touring with a little hair of the dog and start things with a tour of the world famous Guinness factory.
Pay a visit to Trinity College, hang out on the gorgeous campus and gaze in wonder at the stunning Book of Kells, which is kept there. Pass an hour or two at St. Stephen’s Green as well, a great place for people watching.
Once you get outside Dublin, tour the Ring of Kerry. Yes, it’s a pretty well trod tourist trail but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing. There are plenty of stops along the way where you can check out the local culture or just admire your surroundings. Spend some time at Muckross House and Abbey, which are exceptionally beautiful and offer some insight into the local history.
Of course, you can’t miss the Blarney Stone. Bring your walking shoes because you’ll need to do some climbing to get to the top of the castle and once there, you can kiss the stone and receive the gift of gab. There’s a great gift shop on the premises as well, where you can purchase handwoven wool sweaters and other items.
You’ll want to set aside some time to spend in Dingle as well, and a must-do there is the Great Blasket Island Centre. You can hike on the gorgeous island, and learn about the remote area, its people and as its distinction as being the place where the Irish language was preserved.
There is hardly a bad place to see in Ireland, so what are you waiting for? Book your trip today.