’Ireland is such an amazing country, and I have this little dream in the back of my head that someday I’ll end up living there.’’ Anne Hathaway
The Hollywood actress, Anne Hathaway, surely dreams big. And yet, there must be a reason for her profound affection for the Emerald Isle and her sacred wish to relocate. Is it the fascinating landscape? Or the heart-pounding adventures that lurk around every corner? Let’s embark on this journey to the land of winter and discover ten reasons why you should visit Ireland.
1. Breathtaking scenery
Spectacular and unspoiled, Ireland’s scenery is beyond compare. With its scene-stealing natural wonders, bracing sea views and impressive historic heritage, Ireland was voted one of the 20 most beautiful countries in the world by Rough Guide readers. The length and breadth of the isle is packed with postcard-worthy places such as the Ring of Kerry, Galway and West Cork to name but a few. Do you still need convincing?
2. Picture-perfect countryside
Cobbled streets, charming cottages and rigged hills – Ireland has it all! If this is your first time in the Irish countryside, visit the closest inn and hear the tales of fairies, merrows and leprechauns. Certainly, the picturesque Irish countryside is enchanting, did you fall under its spell?
3. Close to nature
With over 50,000 hectares of unspoilt wilderness, blanket bogs, wide open vistas and fast-flowing streams, the Irish national parks provide invaluable recreational and exciting pursuits for its visitors. Whether you are a thrill-seeker or an adventurous hiker, Ireland will inspire you to get close to nature and explore its wonders.
4. Friendly locals
If you bond with the Irish nature, you will inevitably bond with its local inhabitants! The Irish folks have a reputation for being friendly, welcoming and hospitable. Therefore, the great number of Irish proverbs and sayings related to friendship is no surprise. And here is our favourite: ‘’There are good ships, and there are wood ships, but the best ships are friendships’’.
5. Beverages at their finest
Ireland is home to some of the world’s best-selling beverages. Brewing over 3-million pints daily, Guinness Storehouse in Dublin was Ireland’s most attractive tourist site in 2015.
The whiskey lovers will not be disappointed, too. Tour the Jameson Distillery in Dublin to hear the stories of those who dedicated their lives to keep up the tradition of great quality whiskey.
And what better reason to practice the Gaelic word for cheers ‘Sláinte’ than visit these two!
6. Brew at every turn
Rumor has it that Ireland is hugely popular with its pub culture. And you may believe a tale or two, but really, there’s no substitute for experience. If you fancy a hearty meal to accompany your pint to the rhythm of ‘trad’ (traditional Irish music) look no further than the local Irish pub.
7. Irish cuisine
If the struggle with eating boring food is real, choose Ireland as your next must-dine destination! Munch on the traditional steak and Guinness pie, Irish stew, farmhouse cheese and the melt-in-your-mouth scallops.
And as the world-famous author Oscar Wilde once said: ‘’After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives’’. Without doubt, he was referring to the Irish cuisine.
8. The third oldest literature in Europe
Apart from Oscar Wilde, Ireland is the home country of many authors of great literature: James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift. Visit the Trinity College in Dublin to see where many literary great minds got their start. Also, did you know that the Irish capital is a UNESCO City of Literature?
9. Great experience no matter the budget
Visit the closest tourist information centre to see what adventures await you that won’t break the bank, too!
10. Ireland at your doorstep
With its headquarters in Ireland, the cheap flight providers Aer Lingus and Ryanair fly all over Europe. Apart from Dublin International, you may fly into Ireland via Belfast, Cork or Shannon. So, wait no more and book your trip to Ireland at low cost but great value!
So, whether it is just for a trip or you are willing to relocate to Ireland on permanent basis, there is plenty to see and do. Let us know what you like most about Ireland and comment below. We are sure the list will be long!