Let’s be real, Ireland probably isn’t the first place that springs to mind when you hear ‘summer holidays’ – but we believe it should be. Why? Keep reading to discover seven reasons your next vacation could be just an hour on the plane away…
1. It’s the perfect place for a road trip
Winding roads with constant views of the ocean, vivid green wherever you look and spectacular mountainscapes – if that doesn’t sound like the perfect place for a road trip we don’t know what does. Plan your route so you can stop at some of the island’s landmarks and best hiking spots on your journey to witness some even better views.
2. There are great places to stay
Along the way, you’ll also discover plenty of great hotels to spend the night. We recommend beginning your trip in Limerick to stay at the award-winning Absolute Hotel located in the heart of the city. After a traditional Irish breakfast at the hotel you can take off for the Wild Atlantic Way along the west coast that leads all the way up to Derry.
3. Explore the best food along the way
There’s more to the Irish cuisine than just fish and chips and stew. A definite must is fresh oysters and Guinness, the traditional bar snack available at plenty of pubs. Vegans should also be surprised by the variety of vegan spots in bigger towns – you can even get vegan fish and chips (e.g. at The Cloth Ear in Belfast or Veginity in Dublin)! If you end up in Bray definitely head over to Greystones to eat at The Happy Pear, a now Instagram-famous vegetarian eatery and health shop.
4. You might recognise some sceneries from your favourite film or series…
Star Wars and Game of Thrones fans listen up! Northern Ireland in particular has served as a backdrop for both sagas and you can book tours to visit some of the featured locations. If you’re lucky enough you might even spot a puffin, the bird that inspired the porgs in The Last Jedi.
5. Two words: Titanic Museum
The Titanic Museum, that opened it’s doors in Belfast in 2012, isn’t just spectacular from the outside. Located right where the Titanic was built and launched back in 1911, it depicts the ship’s journey from the first keel being laid down to its sinking and the aftermath. With plenty of interactive features and fascinating facts it should be a highlight for anyone visiting Belfast.
6. The beaches are actually incredible
You don’t have to fly very far to get soft sand, turquoise seas and sunset views. Along Ireland’s coastline you’ll find countless beaches that could just as well be found somewhere in the Mediterranean. So don’t forget to pack a swimsuit…
7. The history is fascinating
A must-see is Newgrange, a prehistoric monument built around 3200 BC. Yes, it’s older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids! Newgrange, which is an old passage tomb, is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the winter solstice sun. Step inside and see what happens…