The top ten reasons to visit Ireland (PHOTOS)
From the rich ancient history to the warm and friendly people there's a host of reason to visit the Emerald Isle
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.
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.