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The ancient burial monument of Newgrange, County Meath Photo by: Mercier

The top ten reasons to visit Ireland (PHOTOS)

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The ancient burial monument of Newgrange, County Meath Photo by: Mercier

Photo gallery of the top ten reasons to visit Ireland

Whether you’re visiting friends or family or simply exploring your Irish roots, there are many reasons why you wish to visit Ireland.

Here at IrishCentral.com we put our thinking caps on and came up with the ten top reasons to visit our inspiring island.

1. Nature

Green is the islands emblematic color. Ireland is a place where you can experience 100 shades of green. The legacy of an ice age has shaped the richly textured natural world which offers almost 9,000 miles of coastline. From vast mountains to pebbly beaches, rural bog lands to inland waterways, tourists can sample a feast of natural attractions. The diverse flora and fauna that Ireland has on offer makes it the perfect destination for any nature lover.

From the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim to the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland is the perfect backdrop for any adventurer.

2. Rich History

With a rich history which dates back to prehistoric times, Ireland continues to be a top destination for ardent historians. Museums, magnificent houses and historical sites illustrate Ireland’s past in a powerful fashion. Historical arts centers dotted throughout the country offer a great insight into our heritage.

Newgrange located in County Meath dates back to before the Great Pyramids! Ireland also boasts hundreds of castles many of which have been restored and are open to the public all year around.

3. Irish food and drink

Guinness; Irish whiskey; Irish coffee; rashers; Irish stews and potato cakes are just a few of traditional food and beverages that are on offer. To get a real taste of Ireland it is necessary to chow down and experiment! Our simplistic approach to cooking results in home cooked, traditional meals which will satisfy even the fussiest eater.

Enjoying a pint of Guinness with a full Irish breakfast is a must for any tourist. With thousands of restaurants and pubs it is easy to find the perfect pint.
 
4. Clean fresh air

Despite not enjoying a particularly warm climate, Ireland’s damp temperatures are conducive to some of the cleanest air in Europe. Getting off the beaten track and exploring rural Ireland you cannot help but noticing the fine air quality. There are countless scenic drives and walking routes to explore where you will be exposed to the
 
 5. Culture, music and dance

Irish traditional music has evolved over the centuries to become one of the most prominent musical genres in our island. In almost every city you are bound to find a traditional Irish music session any night of the week. The trad session comprises of a group of amateur musicians gathering usually in a pub to play such instruments as banjo’s, bodhrans, tin whistles and guitars.

Photo gallery of the top ten reasons to visit Ireland

6. Festivals in Ireland

If you want to crown a goat, enjoy some jazz or indulge in some oyster sucking then Irish festivals are the place for you. With an eclectic mix of year round celebrations, Ireland festivals attract vacationers from every corner of the world. Music; food; sailing and even matching making, Ireland’s festivals rival global events and annually attract thousands of visitors.
From the vibrant annual festival of the Rose of Tralee, to the delectable Galway Oyster Festival there is something for everyone.

7. Sports

From our own indigenous sports such as Gaelic football and hurling to soccer and rugby, the Irish as are a race of sport enthusiasts. With over 400 golf clubs, Ireland rivals the world over as a premier golf destination. No trip to Ireland could be complete without experiencing one of the major sporting events on throughout the year. Horse racing; tennis; water sports and boxing, Ireland offers state of art stadiums and tourists can enjoy a true cultural experience by witnessing one of our indigenous sports.

8. Vibrant cities

Ireland has some of the most vibrant cities in Europe. Dublin to Belfast, Cork to Galway, with great restaurants and a lively social life each city has something unique on offer. Dublin, the islands capital overlooks the Irish Sea and is full of elegant architecture and luscious parks, Michelson star restaurants and lively bars. One of the fastest growing cities in Ireland situated in the West of the country, Galway is known for its vibrant lifestyle.
 
9. Two for the price of one

You are not only exposed to one country when you visit the Emerald Isle but you can also explore Northern Ireland. The six counties of the North which are part of the United Kingdom each have their own unique attractions. From the grandeur of Belfast city to charming villages in County Tyrone, a trip to Ireland is not complete without venturing up North.
 
 10. Irish hospitality

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