10 Great Reasons to Visit Ireland

Travelling to Ireland in 2009?

Well there may be many reasons why you wish to travel to Ireland, whether it’s visiting friends and relations, exploring your Irish roots, checking out the beautiful scenery or simply enjoying the warmth of the people. There is something to be found in Ireland for everyone!

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1. The clean fresh air of Ireland! Ireland doesn’t have the warmest climate of Europe – with temperatures in the summer months rarely averaging above 22°C. Getting off the beaten track in Ireland, to the rural areas of the country is the best way to enjoy the fresh air and enjoy beautiful scenic drives and walking routes. West Cork and Kerry, the Connemara region of Galway and North West Clare (around Doolin and the Cliffs of Moher) are some of the best places you can go to enjoy the open air.

2. The Warmth and Friendliness of the People. It is often said that you should never forget to bring a smile to Ireland, as it will be returned a hundred times to you. Irish people are generally very friendly and helpful, and will have the time always to give you directions, and advice as how to get to your destination and help you on your way.

3. Ease of access to Ireland. Ireland is no longer an expensive place to get to – you have great options to get to Ireland, whether by air or sea carriers. Ryanair and Aer Lingus offer competitive rates to get to Ireland and you have plenty of choice when selecting a travel method/route to Ireland. Today Ireland is easy to get to and get around. So book that car rental and get exploring the Emerald Isle!

4. Irish Food and Drink. It’s fair to say that Ireland is not blessed with the culinary delights of France, Spain or Italy, but you have a huge selection of international dineries in most large towns, with Chinese restaurants prominent for example. If dining in an Irish restaurant, you will certainly enjoy by the taste of Irish cuisine, Irish stew made with lamb or beef is one dish, another is bacon and cabbage. These are the traditional foods enjoyed by the people! Seafood such as Oysters and Irish Salmon are dishes that are well worth tasting. Why not wash them down with a pint of one of Ireland’s famous exports, a pint of the black stuff, Guinness.

5. Stunning Irish Scenery. If its stunning views and scenic drives you are looking for, then you are spoilt for choice in Ireland. From the Giants Causeway in County Antrim to the Cliffs of Moher to Connemara and the Lakes of Killarney there is so much to see and do in Ireland.

6. Festivals in Ireland. Nobody enjoys a party better than the Irish! The St.Patrick’s Day Festival in Ireland is a stunning annual event, and most towns and cities have their own Festival that commemorates Ireland’s patron Saint. There are plenty of summer festivals that are well worth checking out, including the Puck Fair Killorglin. There are also a number of food festivals held in the country. The Galway International Oyster Festival is held in September every year, and shortly after Kinsale hosts the Gourmet Food Festival.

7. Ireland’s History and Strong Heritage. Ireland has a wide and varied heritage. The magnificent Book Of Kells, which was drafted by Celtic Monks in the ninth century AD, is located at Trinity College, Dublin. Other marvellous places to visit include Newgrange in County Meath, a burial chamber and tomb, which predate Stonehenge and the Egyptian Pyramids at Giza. The Burren Area of North County Clare is well worth visiting, not only for the strange rocky landscape, but also for the prehistoric dolmen burial tombs.

8. Sports and Leisure. It is estimated that Ireland has the highest golf course per capita in Europe. 2007 saw the Ryder Cup hosted at the K Club in Kildare, and golf courses at Lahinch, Doonbeg, Portmarnock and the Island Golf Course at Donabate are well worth exploring for a few rounds with a stunning backdrop of scenery. You can also try your hand at some of the outdoor pursuits in Ireland, such as horse riding, walking, mountain climbing to name but a few! The National Games of Ireland, Gaelic Football and Hurling are played with passion and pride, and the Gaelic Athletics Association (The Body for Administrating and Promoting Our Games) is celebrating its 125th Anniversary this year. All 32 counties of Ireland have county and club teams, and the atmosphere at these games is just scintillating with great excitement. Croke Park, the home of the GAA is one of the largest stadiums in Europe. Make sure to try and catch a GAA match.

9. Culture – Irish Music and Dance.  Wherever you are in Ireland, traditional foot tapping music will be played at informal sessions in original Irish pubs. You will be enthralled by the wonderful skill of the Irish dancer! The passion of Irish music passes from generation to generation, and its high esteem in the hearts of Irish people and the visitor will never die.

10. Modern Cities. Another reason to plan a visit to Ireland for a vacation is its modern cities. Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Galway and Limerick are all home to stylish shopping malls and boutiques, chic nightclubs, tourist attractions and excellent restaurants.

Finally varying accommodation types are also a great reason for visiting Ireland. You could stay in a hotel, a castle, a classic bed and breakfast, a hostel, or Self Catering. Check out GoIreland.com for Ireland Accommodation.

Have we persuaded you to visit Ireland this year? The best way to discover Ireland is by hiring a car, so check out our Car Hire Ireland page.

Have you been to Ireland in the past? Have you any travel tips that you would like to share with us? Let us know what you thought of our stay in Ireland – we appreciate your comments!