When it comes to listing reasons to visit Ireland, we could go on and on forever. However, if you’re thinking of planning the trip of a lifetime, here are our top five reasons to visit the Emerald Isle.
Ireland welcomes thousands of tourists to its shores every year, with many looking to enjoy all the delights this beautiful island has to offer.
From dramatic coastlines to vibrant cities, miles of rolling countryside to friendly locals and the famous Irish craic, there are endless things to enjoy while you’re here.
So, if you aren’t yet convinced (which we find hard to believe), then you need to read on. Here are our top five reasons to visit Ireland at least once in your life.
- The food ‒ truly unique and delicious
While the Irish cuisine may not be as world-renowned as the likes of Italian or Greek, the national dishes of Ireland truly do hold their own, especially when you’re after a filling and hearty meal that will heat you up from the chilling Irish weather.
From Irish stew to boxty, Tayto Cheese and Onion crisps to fifteens, Irish food is like none other in the world. Although it may not be the most appealing to the eye, it tastes absolutely delicious, and we can vouch that once you try it, you’ll agree that the food here is one of the main reasons to visit Ireland.
- Trace your heritage ‒ discover your Irish roots
Throughout the decades, Irish people have emigrated far and wide away from Ireland. Whether due to the Great Famine or the pull of opportunities around the globe, Irish people have been known to leave the place that they call home.
Today, those will Irish heritage can be found everywhere. So, if you have ancestors that hail from the Emerald Isle, why not come and find out where your family hailed from all those years ago?
Irish emigration is such a popular trend that there are even museums dedicated to Ireland’s history of emigration. One of the best is the EPIC Museum in Dublin’s Docklands, which has been voted among the world’s leading tourist attractions. This museum is an absolute must-visit for anyone but particularly those with Irish heritage.
- Plenty of diversity – within a small area
From dramatic coastal landscapes to rolling countryside, vibrant cities to quaint small towns, Ireland boasts a vibrant and diverse landscape.
Thanks to its small size, all of this can be seen within a short period of time, making it the perfect location for those who want to see as much as possible without much time.
Whether you’re road-tripping or backpacking Ireland, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to amazing things to see and do. So, for us, the abundance of diversity across a short area is one of the main reasons to visit Ireland.
- Unforgettable scenery ‒ one of the main reasons to visit Ireland
The Wild Atlantic Way is renowned worldwide for its stunning coastal scenery and quaint Irish towns. So, embarking on a trip along this famous coastal route is sure to be an experience you’ll never forget.
From the iconic Slieve League Cliffs to the famous Cliffs of Moher, the breathtaking Ring of Kerry to the rural beauty of Connemara, your breath will be taken away with every corner you turn along this route.
While the west of Ireland is the most well-known for its scenery, the rest of Ireland is not to be sniffed at. If scenery is your thing, we highly recommend heading to the beautiful Causeway Coastal Route, the fantastic Ancient East, and the picturesque Garden of Ireland.
- Its vibrant cultural scene – from pubs to music to history and more
Topping our list of reasons to visit Ireland is its vibrant cultural scene. From the literary heritage of Dublin City to the iconic pub culture that can be found all across the country, Ireland boasts a culture akin to nothing you’ll find anywhere else in the world.
Known for their great craic, the Irish people are also incredibly friendly and welcoming. They will always encourage you to get involved in any exciting events and trad sessions that are going on. So, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to fully immerse yourself in Ireland’s famous culture.