With St. Patrick’s Day being the talk of the town, it was pretty easy to come up with a topic for this week’s discussion! Ireland has gone from strength to strength as a short break destination, and it’s not hard to understand why. With its wealth of interesting attractions, cosy pubs and bars and unique hotspots, the country is definitely worth a visit. Take a peek at our 5 places you have to see in Ireland and learn more…
1. Killarney National Park
Pretty impressive, right? What makes this park so special is the variety of landscapes you can enjoy – mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls all interact under dramatic skies. Certainly Instagram-worthy picture opportunities! What’s more, visitors to the national park can enjoy a leisurely trip to the nearby Muckross House and Gardens.
2. Guinness Storehouse
We could hardly leave this one out, could we?! Arguably one of the most popular attractions in Ireland, the Guinness Storehouse is a veritable treat for all lovers of the famous stout. Visitors to the Storehouse can enjoy an immersive brand experience before settling at the rooftop bar with, you’ve guessed it, a pint of Guinness.
3. Phoenix Park
Wild deer, seasonal cultural events , Segway tours… this urban park really does have it all! Another bonus of Phoenix Park is the fact that it is open to the public 24/7, 365 days of the year – so you can explore all that it has to offer no matter when you visit. The park is also home to the iconic Dublin Zoo, so it’s perfect for an all-day adventure.
4. Dingle Peninsula
Officially recognised as the bastion of Irish language and culture, the Dingle Peninsula is highly impressive. With sandy beaches, craggy cliffs and inland hills and mountains, a walk around the area will truly blow the cobwebs away! For spectacular views, climb atop the towering 952m-high Mount Brandon.
5. Blarney Stone
Have you got the gift of the gab? According to legend, kissing the stone will help with that! (As shown in the image) As well as this must-do tradition, the area is also home to a great selection of gardens to stroll around. From the pretty Herbaceous Border to the devilish Poison Garden, there’s plenty to discover on this trip!