If you ask me, Ireland has it all. The charm, the enchantment, the energy — as soon as you touch down on Irish soil, expect the love affair to instantly begin. From the dramatic coastlines and pure, unspoiled landscapes to the buzzing cities steeped in centuries’ worth of history and culture, Ireland is a country that will leave you wanting more. So whether you’re dreaming of the beautiful vistas, the lively urban life, or perhaps just a pint of a refreshingly cold Guinness, here are six reasons why it’s time to pack your bags and discover the magic of the Emerald Isle.
1. Ireland is home to some of the most scenic drives in the world.
Explore the sweeping views of the Irish countryside by renting a car and hitting the road. With rolling green hills as far as the eye can see, you might even be tempted to throw off your shoes, curl your toes in the grass, and just run, soaking in the serenity of the moment.
If you’re feeling inspired to embark on an Irish road trip, the Wild Atlantic Way would be a great place to start your journey. This route stretches 1,500 miles across the west coast from County Donegal to County Cork, and will allow you to stumble upon so many iconic landmarks, all while uncovering the wonders of nature.
2. You will be left in awe by the jaw-dropping beauty of the Cliffs of Moher.
Towering over 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, it’s no surprise that Ireland’s mighty Cliffs of Moher are one of the country’s most visited natural attractions. In fact, these majestic cliffs capture the hearts of millions each year. Few things in life will compare to seeing the rugged cliffs collide with the mesmerizing sea as you stand strong feeling the ancient rocks beneath your feet. Not to mention – tasting that salty air is simply good for the soul!
3. Chasing castles will become your new favorite activity.
If you haven’t before felt the thrill of chasing castles, you’re in for a real treat when visiting Ireland. Here you will find dozens of historic, fascinating fortresses sprinkled throughout the country — some even abandoned! Whether you’re seeking haunted, gothic, stately, or simply medieval, uncovering the mystery of Ireland’s castles will be quite the adventure. Blarney, Cahir, and Kilkenny are just a few of the many castles that will evoke a magical imagination.
4. The small, picturesque villages are oozing with color and charm.
While Dublin, Galway, and Cork are delightful to explore, it’s hard to beat the everlasting eye-candy of Ireland’s small towns. And during your drive through the enchanting land of the countryside, your eyes will be greeted with so much color and charm. From the bright-painted homes and shops of Kinsale to the darling vibes of Dingle, there are countless cute-as-a-button villages to discover and explore.
5. With the freshest ingredients, Ireland takes farm-to-table to an entirely new level.
Simply put, Ireland is a foodie’s dreamland. With a large percentage of the countryside devoted to farming, it’s no surprise that Irish food is known for the quality and freshness of its ingredients. From sea to land, this country is a culinary masterpiece. And if you’re a cheese lover, then get ready to get your nibble on. While the Emerald Isle has long been praised for its fresh dairy, in the last few years the farmhouse cheese has attracted global attention. As it happens, each region has its own speciality.
And what would a trip to Ireland be without a thirst-quenching dark stout? While many people love a refreshing pint of Guinness, another favorite amongst the locals is Murphy’s. Light, sweet, and locally brewed, this chocolatey, dark stout is definitely worth a try when visiting Ireland.
6. Your soul will burst with happiness from all the friendly faces and hospitable vibes.
One of the best ways to get to know a new place is by getting to know its people, and Ireland is packed to the brim with smiling faces and open arms. With the Irish locals known for welcoming all visitors, it won’t take long for you to feel right at home. A culture overflowing with kindness and hospitality: what a refreshing — and needed! — concept.