If you are planning a trip—especially a trip to Europe—you should not overlook the Irish Travel Bureau benefits of visiting Ireland. The land of Erin is home to more than just soccer hooligans and leprechauns, after all. Across the small country’s 32 counties you can explore the vast history and culture that truly make this a magical place.
Ok, let’s start with the obvious ones: the Pubs. Sure, you might not be a big drinker, but the Irish pub is also a place of society, of community. Many are small—hole in the wall—type of joints but their whiskey collection will likely blow your mind.
And, of course, if you are going to spend any time in an Irish pub, you should also make sure to partake in the fare as well. As you probably know, traditional Irish food consists of a few simple staples: beef and potatoes. Popular dishes include:
- corned beef (with root vegetables and cabbage)
- bangers (sausage) and mash (potatoes)
- beef stew
- shepherd’s pie
- Irish soda bread
- fish & chips
In addition to traditional pub fare, though, Ireland now has quite the bustling culinary culture. Modern Irish cuisine offers traditional dishes updated for today’s tastes but Ireland is also known for its artisanal cheeses. It could have something to do with the wild livestock—like sheep and goats—that crowd the hills of the countryside.
THE HISTORY (and Nature)
Visiting Ireland is almost like stepping through a time machine. So much of what you will see here is centuries old and you might just feel like you have been whisked away to a storybook.
- The Cliffs of Moher
- The Rock of Cashel
- Ashford Castle
- Skelling Islands
- Dunluce Castle
To say that a country drive in Ireland is beautiful would likely be an understatement. Indeed, the country has some of the most breathtaking spectacles you can take in from a vehicle. Of course, you can also venture out on foot to get a look at things like:
- The Wild Atlantic Way
- The Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge
- The Ring of Beara
- The Giants Causeway