Ireland, a rugged countryside escape

Story by: Niamh Duffy     Date: 5 April 2021    Image by: Pixabay | Jonas Fehre

4 minutes reading time Ireland

Ireland is home to the friendliest and most welcoming people as well as some of the most breath-taking scenery. It is no wonder that the Irish boast about it being some of the most beautiful land in the world. Wherever you go in Ireland, there is endless culture on offer. Your adventure in Ireland is sure to be full of toe-tapping to traditional live music and sipping on pints in cozy pubs.

Ireland Temple Bar

Dublin

Famous for its ‘craic’ and friendliness of its people, Dublin offers an eclectic mix of humour and intelligence that has attracted visitors for centuries. As Ireland’s capital city, it attracts thousands of tourists every year who flock to visit one of the 1000 pubs across the city. The pub is a big part of Dublin’s culture, from a literary hangout to politicians and businessmen making deals, and the place where locals celebrate. Dublin is littered with famous landmarks, with something different around every corner. These include the bustling Temple Square, O’Connel Bridge, as well as Trinity College – the main reason that Dublin is one of just 6 UNESCO cities of literature. If you want so explore some green space, Phoenix Park is just a short walk from the Temple Bar area. Boasting 1252 acres of green space to explore, it is the largest park in any capital city in Europe.

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is exactly as you would expect, a ring road following the coast of the Iveragh Peninsula – one of Irelands most popular holiday routes to drive. This iconic route is full of stunning visual history as well as a diverse mix of wildlife across Irelands rolling green hills. At just 111 miles long, you can take your time to experience the Skelling Ring Road where you will be able to enjoy breath-taking views of the Skelling Islands – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Moll’s Gap provide some of the most dramatic views on the Ring of Kerry route, as well as boasting the best view MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range.

Galway

Laid back and relaxed but always ready for a party, Galway is a bohemian escape that has the best of what Ireland has to offer. Located in the middle of the Wild Atlantic way, this city has a reputation of artistic creativity and an upbeat vibe. From literature and oysters to music and horseracing – Galway truly does know how to celebrate. It is no surprise that people pour into its traditional but brightly painted pubs that are bustling with live music. Tourists worldwide flock to view its flamboyant art scene, as well as the famous Galway International Arts Festival and International Oyster and Seafood Festival.

Rock of Cashel

Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel is situated on a dramatic headland of limestone and boasts significant historic presence, it is an iconic feature on this coastline. It is home to the most impressive cluster of medieval buildings in Ireland including a round tower, high cross, Romanesque chapel, Gothic cathedral, abbey, choir hall and a fifteenth-century Tower House. It is no surprise that this is on of Ireland’s most visited tourist attractions, and it deserves it. It is nothing short of breath-taking, with the surviving buildings one of the only Romanesque frescoes in Ireland left.

Cork & Blarney Stone, Ireland

Cork & Blarney Stone

With a maritime history spanning over a thousand years, Cork opens you with welcoming arms. The land, people, and culture shine through in this coastal haven, with over 1000km of coastline to explore. As part of both the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East, there is always something unique to experience round every corner. Cork City has a thriving craft beer and foodie scene, with streets lined with friendly pubs and artisan coffee bars. Make sure to head to Blarney Castle and follow in the footsteps of many. Fulfil the 200-year-old tradition of kissing the Blarney stone and you never know you may just gain the gift of eloquence.

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