With so many people all over the globe claiming some kind of relation to Ireland, be it biological or simply emotional, Ireland has long been a visitor hotspot. From the rugged cliffs to the mesmerising Irish sea, history is alive and vibrant in every county in Ireland and there’s never been a better time to visit. Below we take a look at 5 magical counties to consider when planning a trip to Ireland.
1. See magical castles in Co. Mayo
County Mayo is located in the west of Ireland, with its coastline home to the Atlantic Ocean, making it a simply breathtaking place to visit any time of the year. Many people consider Ireland to be an historical hub, and this is especially true when it comes to Castles. Much like their Celtic sisters – Scotland and Wales, Ireland has a beautiful abundance of castles that are still very much intact. Ashford Castle in county Mayo is one such castle, and is one of the most stunning castles in Ireland, and indeed Europe. It’s also been transformed into a hotel, meaning you can enjoy the grand experience of staying in a castle by checking into Ashford Castle. You simply can’t underestimate the value and beauty of such a fine location.
(Image source: Ashford Castle)
2. Get swept away by the beauty of the Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry
Get to grips with the real Ireland in Dingle, Co. Kerry where the Irish Gaelic language is still spoken and history is very much alive and well. The National Geographic once described the Dingle Peninsula as the “most beautiful place on earth” and it’s really no wonder. Unusually secluded and magnificent, this place will simply take your breath away.
3. Visit the birthplace of the world’s most famous ship – Titanic
Belfast Northern Ireland is home to the worlds only Titanic Centre – a magnificent modern building who’s design takes inspiration from the world’s, most famous ship. The Titanic Centre is solely dedicated to telling the story behind the Titanic, from its creation, and right up to the fateful journey. Belfast is famously the birthplace of the Titanic and the Titanic Quarter in the city is starting to become a thriving area of the city, and this is sure to continue in the coming years. Titantic Belfast includes over nine galleries, which include innovative and interactive features pulling together a whole new take on the story of the Titantic. There is simply no better way to experience the Titantic than in the city where it all began.
4. Immerse yourself in Dublin City
Ireland’s capital city and a simply must see for all those wishing to experience a modern Ireland which still holds on tightly to its traditional and cultural Irish roots. Dublin city centre is a bustling and beautiful place with so much to see and do. It’s not all about shopping, drinking and eating (although admittedly a big part of it), the architecture of Dublin city is simply breathtaking and something not to be missed. No trip to Dublin would be complete without a trip to the Guinness Storehouse for a pint of the famous ‘black stuff’, while a trip to Phoenix Park, Grafton Street and Trinity College, should all be top of any Dublin tourists list of things to do.
5. Embrace the Irish history in Carrick-On-Shannon
Carrick-On-Shannon is a beautiful picturesque town situated on the crossing of Ireland’s longest river, the River Shannon. As well as being a lovely town to see, it is also very historically prevalent in Ireland. Carrick-On-Shannon is home to the last standing Workhouse in Ireland (a house for poor inmates at the time of the great Irish famine). The workhouse acts as a memorial to those who died during the famine and the rooms of the workhouse remain largely unchanged, allowing its visitors to experience the true situation of a troubled Ireland past. There’s plenty to see and do in the town of Carrick-on-Shannon, and it will make for a great getaway for families, and couples of all ages. With pubs and shops aplenty, it’s also a popular town for many young groups looking for a weekend away.
Ireland is and has remained on travellers to do and see list for such a long time because there is something for everyone here. History, culture, sightseeing, city, country and everything in between, Ireland is vital for every kind of traveller. Plan your next trip to Ireland with Expedia Ireland, who offer accommodation solutions to fit all budgets, and also have flights into many of Ireland’s national and regional airports.