Are you heading to Ireland this year? Then here's seven things to do to make sure you have the best vacation ever 

What do you  think of when you think or Ireland? Green fields, dramatic scenery, craic and Guinness? Well, there's all of that, and more! There's dozens of reasons you should visit the Old Sod in 2019, but here's just seven things to do in Ireland.

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Enjoy a festival 

From oysters to meat and traditional music to the arts, no matter when you arrive in Ireland there's bound to be a festival taking place somewhere. GUINNESS X MEATOPIA 2019 sees Guinness open its St James's Gate Brewery to some of the world's top chefs, for a food and drink event like no other.

This year, there's a twist! The chefs and brewers are challenging each other to create unique brews and dishes to pair with each other, to be available exclusively and for one weekend only at this event. GUINNESS X MEATOPIA 2019 will celebrate some of the most adventurous live-fire chefs from around the world, working alongside the innovative team of Guinness brewers, using the best ingredients Ireland has to offer.

See Ireland on the silver screen

Apart from classic Irish films like 'The Quiet Man' and 'The Field', Ireland has been home to Hollywood favorites like 'Star Wars', 'Harry Potter' and of course 'Game of Thrones'. Take a tour to Kerry to the Skelligs which George Lucas used for Star Wars. To Mayo to see The Cliffs of Moher which were immortalized in both 'Harry Potter' and 'The Princess Bride' and finally, head North to explore the dozens of locations used for 'Game of Thrones'. 

Explore the Aran Islands 

Located off the west coast of Ireland, the Aran Islands are like stepping back in time to a long ago Ireland. Thriving communities, the Aran Islands are accessible by air or by water, and encourage visitors to adopt a slower pace of life. 

See the Cliffs of Moher

They're one of the sights most synonymous with Ireland, but to see the Cliffs of Moher up close is to truly understand how magnificent they are. Either go  to the top of the cliffs, experience the view and the world-class visitor center, or take a cruise around the base of the cliffs to truly appreciate their scale.  

Play a round of golf 

If you want to tee off with beautiful scenery as your backdrop then Ireland is the place. With world class courses up and down the country, you'll be spoiled for choice no matter what your handicap. 

Experience the beauty of the Giants Causeway 

Head north and experience the crown in Antrim's coastline, the Giants Causeway. Legend has it that the causeway was formed when Finn McCool was challenged to a fight with Scottish giant Benandonner. Such was McCool's fury that he picked up slabs of the coast and thew them into the water, forming a walkway all the way to Scotland. 

Cycle through the countryside

Take in the scenery at your own pace and get off the beaten track with a cycling tour of Ireland. New routes like the Western Greenway in Mayo and the Waterford Greenway make it easy to cover vast tracks of land no matter your ability. And for those truly adverse, why not opt for an ebike tour? Popping up around the country, it's a way to see the sights without pushing yourself. 

Take a seaweed bath

Available all around the country, we say head to Strandhill in Sligo to experience a real seaweed bath, with seaweed harvested from the local shoreline. Or to the Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co Waterford which offers baths with a view! An experience that truly has to be experienced to be believed, and which helps with aches and pains. 

 

Are you hoping or planning to travel to Ireland this year? Join with other travelers, adventurers and lovers of Ireland in our dedicated travel group, where you can find top tips, great recommendations, and air out any of your concerns and questions.

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Family on a cycling holiday through IrelandImage: Getty Images