Escape For a Road Trip Around Ireland
Ireland is a fantastic country! The Emerald Isle encompasses everything that is great about a travel destination: friendly people, world class food and drink, bustling cities alongside lush, peaceful countryside. What more could you ask for of a holiday destination? Maybe the fact it’s only a 20 minute hop across the Irish sea from the UK? Allow us to tempt you into a holiday in Éire by showing you our top tips when travelling around this great country.
Escaping To Dublin
Most people start their Irish adventures in the capital city, Dublin, undeniably one of Europes’ best, most popular (and most visited!) cities. Steeped in history, but also incredibly cosmopolitan, Dublin is a city that can provide a great weekend break and extended holidays alike, with a fabulous nightlife, many landmarks and museums to explore, as well as shopping districts that are out of this world. It’s no secret that the Irish like a drink, that’s probably what attracts the hundreds of thousands of students who migrate to study in Ireland every year, so make sure the Guinness Factory is on your list of places to see and you won’t be disappointed!
Heading South To Cork
Cork is a city with a population of over 150,000, and has all the culture, excitement and activity you would expect of a big city. It still still retains the feel of a traditional Irish harbour town. The people are known as some of the most talkative people in the country, so make sure you are ready for a good old chat! The docks and quays of Cork are magnificent and provide great views out to sea, and being the second biggest harbour in the world, it is sure to provide an interesting look back to Ireland’s industrial heritage. But Cork isn’t just about industry -the city has built its reputation on music, theatre, dance and poetry, so get your dance shoes on or open that old copy of Callanan and soak up the culture!
The South Coast Of Ireland
Once out of the cultural hub of Cork, a great idea is to travel along the south coast and sample some of the lesser known delights that Ireland has to offer. Towns like Kinsale, Skibberereen and Bantry are all special in their own right, offering peace and quiet and taste of real ireland. The jagged rocks of this part of the coast provide a great backdrop to any visit, but the many great pubs, restaurants, beaches and galleries along this particular stretch are second to none.
The West Coast, Shannon and Galway
There are hundreds of beautifully picturesque towns on the west coast of Ireland worthy of a visit when you’re in Ireland, but two cities that should be on everyone’s list are Shannon and Galway. Great cities in their own right, they provide a great look at traditional Irish cities combined with modern culture and life. Education plays a big part in the industries of these two towns, with many people who move to Ireland finding work teaching English in Ireland, but the local landmarks, museums and art galleries are also very important to the area.
Onwards and Upwards
If you have time when you’re in Ireland, whether you’re there to travel, visit relatives or even study in Ireland, heading over the border into Northern Ireland is a great idea if you have the chance. There are many differences between the two countries, but the friendly, helpful people and great cultures are common to both sides of the border. Wherever you escape to in Ireland, hopefully our tips have helped and you will have a great time.