Ireland, often called the Emerald Isle, is one of my favorite destinations. With only a six hour flight from the east coast, traveling to Ireland is much easier than you think. With its beautiful landscapes and rich history, it isn’t surprising that Ireland is a destination with something for everyone.
When most travelers think of Ireland, Dublin typically comes to mind. Lots of flights land here and the city has lots to offer. Whether you are looking for a great meal at a pub, a tour of the Guinness Storehouse or some local shopping, Dublin is a great choice (read more about my visit here). When walking around the city, you will find cobblestone streets and beautiful architecture. There are many small, local shops to visit with everything from family crests to wool sweaters and scarves. The people of Ireland are outgoing and more than willing to give you their favorite local tips. You will find that everyone here is warm and friendly, despite the hustle and bustle of a big city. Many tours are accessible from Dublin, so it is a great base for many other activities and tours. Find that you want to stay put? Dublin has some fantastic hotels and great food and drink. Travelers can explore Trinity College, shop on Grafton Street and make their way to the Guinness Storehouse. Many visitors looking for a quick getaway find that Dublin is a great city for both long and short trips.
Cliffs of Moher
One of the most spectacular sights in Ireland may just be the Cliffs of Moher. These beautiful cliffs stretch along the coastline for five miles, rising approximately 700 feet above the sea. While warmer weather brings opportunities for hiking near these beauties, they are still as breathtaking in the cooler climate. Be prepared for some windy conditions and always wear comfortable footwear when heading out for long tours. Situated near the small town of Doolin, visitors can listen to traditional Irish folk music in one of its local watering holes. Travelers can even access ferries to the Aran Islands or cliff cruises if the season is right. This is one spot you won’t want to miss.
City of Galway
If you are heading to the west coast, Galway is a fantastic city to visit. Home to medieval walls and lots of live music, Galway is one of Ireland’s most lively places. Galway is home to many traditional Irish pubs and plenty of live music so that guests can enjoy music while they dine. With some of the medieval architecture intact, history buffs can enjoy the scenery whilst sipping on a pint of one of Ireland’s finest brews. Travelers looking for some peace and serenity can enjoy the beautiful views of the water along Galway Bay. While swimming is an option during certain times of the year, it is not for the faint of heart. Ireland is not known for a temperate climate or beachside vacationing!
If it’s castles you seek, Ireland is the place. There are many castles dotted across the country, so that you can reach one from just about any point. Many are available to tour and the beautiful greenery provides the perfect backdrop for each. Interested in spending the night at one of these royal abodes? Ireland offers many options for travelers wishing to spend a night or to host an event. There are a few castles that have been transformed into luxury hotels for those who truly want to feel like royalty.
If you are in good spirits (pun intended) definitely check out some of the local distilleries in Ireland. Ireland is home to over 30 distilleries and tour locations including Old Bushmills and Old Jameson. There is something for everyone when is comes to whiskey tasting, hospitality and history. Travelers can even make a day of touring some of Ireland’s finest spirits. Just can’t wait? I am touring some of Ireland’s finest distilleries in March! Find out more about that here.
If you are looking for a destination that is rich in history and culture with a fun and lively atmosphere, look no further than Ireland. Ready to book something? Click here to setup your customized tour of Ireland.