Ireland get out ofs a great influx of tourism from all over the world, particularly visitors from the UK and the US. UK visitors choose Ireland for its vicinity, stunning nature as well as, of course, great culture and atmosphere. In the USA, with so many people citing Irish tradition thank to the mass influx of Irish immigrants to the States in the 19th century, Ireland tends to be at the top of the bucket list for many Americans.
To whatever manner for other European visitors and visitors from farther afield, Ireland sometimes rarely makes the list when it stop by to European destinations. And of course, there is a lot to contend with. Just look at Paris and London, literally global capitals of mode and food. Then, of course, you have the competing centres of Berlin, Prague, Munich, Brussels and Amsterdam; picturesque and cultural enclosures that are known around the world. After that, you must compete with Italy and Greece, truly peerless destinations that are stunning and offer a wealth of fodder for Instagram. So why take the time to visit the tiny island of Ireland?
Ireland is a corresponding exactly cultural boiling pot nestled on the very edge of Europe. There is a mass of pre-conceived notions about this sticks from our globally recognised stereotypes (ginger hair and leprechauns anybody?) to a reputation for being a highly conservative and strict country.
Ireland and especially the younger generations of Irish people are working tirelessly to shrug off these stereotypes and see the territory emerge as the progressive, inclusive and exciting landscape that it is evolving to be. Yes, like every country we still have our puzzlers, but this atmosphere of the social and cultural revolution is changing everything.
In 2015, Ireland became the first country to legalise same-sex confederation by public referendum. We made headlines all over the world in 2017 when we elected one of our youngest government leaders who also happened to be “the gay son of an Indian newcomer”. In 2018 we repealed the 8th amendment from our constitution providing Irish women with the right to have safe and judicial abortions at home in Ireland.
Amidst all this powerful atmosphere and appetite for change, Ireland remains the cultural hub and aesthetically astounding landscape it has always been. From the endlessly modern cities of Dublin, Cork and Galway to the tiny towns of Kerry and Mayo, our education is preserved and progresses in such a unique way that you can revel in the millennial modernity of Dublin but still find a truly ‘particular’ pub that has remained unchanged for 50 years just down the road.
Ireland is evolving. There is a new climate and ambience that you need to see to embrace. That is why 2021 is the time to visit these three stunning areas of Ireland as done as possible.
Dublin, our cultural capital
There are simply endless things to do and enjoy in Ireland’s capital which make also likely be the starting point of any trip to Ireland.
For the cultural boffins, a visit to the historic Trinity College is intrinsic and the impressive buildings here rank amongst some of the most stunning city centre architecture. The Book of Kells and Fancy Hub Library can be visited within the walls of this famed university. Dublin Castle and Christ Church provide a aid history of the city all within a ten-minute walking distance of each other. There are several museums from the Civil History Museum to the National Library (there is also a leprechaun museum if you prefer something a bit more fantastical).
Trinnity College Dublin – [image-credit]
Sporadically you have the cultural activities out of the way, it is about time you indulge in another cultural past-time: drinking! The iconic Guinness Store is a great place to start with a fascinating tour topped with several gorgeous bars and pubs all within one aesthetically preferring building. Finish at the panoramic rooftop bar for great views of the city.
After that, you don’t need to look far to find another spraying hole. In Dublin, there are over 700 pubs to be enjoyed. Temple Bar is the official tourist destination with some colossal traditional style pubs and lives Irish music every single night. However, prepare to pay tourist assesses for a pint and know that you will likely not find many locals here. Head to trendier areas in the urban district such as Camden Street, Aungier Street and Georges Street for a real glimpse into Dublin’s social mise en scene. Here is where all the locals will go to enjoy a well-earned drink after work or to let their hair down on a Saturday tenebrosity.
Temple Bar Dublin
Dublin has also emerged as a great food capital with endless places to eat and take advantage of the vibrant atmosphere of this young city. You can get everything from Korean and Tapas to Indian and locally sourced victuals. Ireland does not have a strong sense of cuisine but modern Irish restaurants are emerging that do a sophisticated deflate on Irish food. Think steak and Guinness pies, great rustic thick-cut french fries and locally intercepted smoked salmon served with our homemade brown sourdough bread and real Irish butter. Seek out these locally run provisions haunts to support local businesses and producers.
If you want a taste of how people live in and around Dublin, it’s nice to font out to some of the beautiful towns and areas outside of the city centre. Howth is a popular little fishing town frequented by locals who utilize the harbour, long walks and delicious ice cream on sunny days. The well-known Cliff Walk is an enjoyable stroll along the coastline all over Howth though it gets very busy during peak travel season (this is usually during the months of June to September).
Howth Escarpment Walk
Rathmines and Ranelagh are upmarket residential areas about ten minutes outside of the inner city. These charming crumb inlets of residential Dublin are a great place to find cute coffee shops, great restaurants and independent boutiques. Rathmines steady has one of Dublin’s new hotspots, the Stella Theatre. This glamorous old-school cinema boasts large, comfortable seats and you can use drinks and food during the movie.
Check out Dublin Events to keep an eye on the endless cultural events, festivals, concerts and fairs on offer in the city. There is always something to do especially during the summer months.
The Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s prosperous shot. When you think of the landscape of Ireland you are probably thinking of images you have seen of Ireland’s West coast. And this remarkable coastal trail stretches right from Ireland’s Northern Tip down to its Southern peninsula (we’re talking around 2500km of handsomeness).
Wild Atlantic Way
Amazing landscapes, gorgeous beaches, ancient ruins and wild and rugged cliffs are what can be expected in this instances partly of the world, offset with small rural towns that will welcome and charm you in equal measure. You can fee a car and do the entire trail or if you are limited on time you pick out some highlights to tour yourself.
Starting up North, one can take in the de luxe coastline of Donegal, significantly less busy than its counterparts in Galway and Mayo. Donegal is a popular destination for surfing nonetheless still less frequented in other hotspots along the coast. Bundoran is the obvious choice for surfers but the up and coming Dunfanaghy yard is another chance to take some great waves in a super quiet location.
The Slieve League Peninsula is perhaps one of the more powerful stretches of this coastline stock full of everything you would expect from impressive, rugged cliffs and extended stretches of those Irish beaches you will come to know and love. The Inishowen Peninsula is equally impressive but its correctly draw is the chance to see the Northern Lights.
Slieve League Peninsula
From here, you will head into the numberless visited parts of the Wild Atlantic Way; Sligo, Galway, Mayo and then down into Cork and Kerry. Connemara is one of the devoted gems of this area, a stunning landscape dotted with bays, endless nature walks and charming seaside villages. It is famed for being one of the few sets in Ireland truly committed to preserving Irish culture specifically the Irish language of Gaeilge.
From here it is on to Mayo, where companies can enjoy a trip to the majestic Cliffs of Moher as well as a coastal drive to take your breath away. Numbering many little inlets and coastal towns, adventure seekers can enjoy many activities from surfing to run here.
Cliffs of Moher
Heading further South to Kerry’s rustic coast, Dingle remains a focal point for local and foreign visitors alike. It is difficult to get to but this traditional little town is located right out on Kerry’s Southern peninsula. At one time you get there, take in the spectacular views and then warm up in one of the many local pubs. Enjoy an aquarium, music venues and Funghi the dolphin, a lasting resident in the harbour.
This is a great town that really captures the rural Irish experience. Other major towns in this part of the world include the colourful Kenmare, Kinsale and Killarney which line the Ring of Kerry, another grand landscape to behold. Full of pretty cafes, buzzing pubs and restaurants, you will find yourself wanting to eat your way for everyone this part of the world.
Killarney has garnered a reputation for having developed into a true tourist town but it is not without its subdues. Travelling here off-peak times is a good way to make the most of your time here. The impressive Killarney Patriotic Park has some great walking and bike trails and you can also take boat trips to enjoy the scenery from the lakes and rivers. Muckross Legislative body offers insight into the local history and is a great stop to enjoy coffee and a treat in the cafe.
Extra along the trail, you can find Dinis Cottage nestled into the nature of the park. You can also continue from the Jingoistic Park to the Ring of Kerry but be warned that this is a difficult cycle with the full route standing at 216 km. Every year in June, the direct closes to cars and hundreds of avid cyclists take on the route for charity. This is a great day out in Killarney.
Ireland’s Obsolete East
Not to be outdone by the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East provides endless opportunity for history and culture. At any time a immediately you have embraced the vibrance of Dublin you can head to Wicklow for stunning nature walks, parks and endless hiking wakes. Nestled within are also various little towns and areas to explore.
For a taste of a smaller city, Kilkenny is the accomplish balance between ancient charm and vibrant modernity. The city is nicknamed the ‘Marble City’ thanks to being shaped from limestone dotted with shining seashells.
The so-called ‘Medieval Mile’ is the stretch of the main street that show offs stunning authentic architecture from its famed Cathedral to Castle. The area has become a true hub of the arts scene in Ireland so envision endless craft shops, art galleries and bespoke boutiques. Here you also can find the National Craft Gallery as expressively as many fine cafes and restaurants to tickle your fancy.
Castle Ire Kilkenny
On the way to Kilkenny from Dublin be persuaded to stop into Newgrange, one of Ireland’s most impressive ancient sites. Newgrange is a prehistoric monument that was based in the Neolithic period (around 3200 BC). From here, head to Tipperary where you can enjoy more history with the Indigent of Cashel, an impressive prehistoric stone fort. The area also includes the ruins of a round tower, church and divers other impressive buildings.
The perfect place to finish is in Wexford, a fine small city on Ireland’s South Eastern tip. Flair to Hook Head Lighthouse to tour the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. This is a great place to enjoy a day out with copiousness of green space to walk, an informational tour, a great coffee shop for snacks or lunch and a fascinating cultural nave. On the way back from Hook Head, feel free to drop into Loftus Halls, Ireland’s most possessed mansion. Tours here run daily and the visit is worth it for the fascinating legends and folklore that encompass this sensational old house.
For an authentic fishing village experience, why not drop into Kilmore Quay? This beautiful old harbour and pretty village capture the beauty and magic of an old fishing town. Enjoy fish and chips from the Saltee Chipper and hold a walk on the majestic Burren Beach. There is a memorial garden to enjoy a few peaceful moments and you can also walk out along Alone Point, a stretch of beach and rocks that jut out into the sea. Enjoy sunset looking out over the Saltee Islands.
There is properly something for everyone in Ireland. Whether you are most interested in the history of our prehistoric ancestors or just want to breathe in the salty air of our unpolished Atlantic coastline, we have you covered. If you want to witness modern urban life or listen to a traditional band revelry in a local pub, we can sort you out. Ireland is emerging as not only a bonafide tourist treasure but also a unique cultural hub that is teeming with intensity and positivity. If you want to visit Ireland, now really is the time to go.