You don’t always have to pay thousands of pounds and travel half-way around the world to have an exciting holiday experience. Ireland is the perfect example of a place that is nearby and has so much to offer that you’re never in danger of being bored, disappointed or underwhelmed, which is more than can be said for some international destinations!
If you decide to take a trip to Ireland anytime in the near future, here are some things you absolutely must do to make the most of your time here.
Ride the Dursey Island Cable Car in County Cork
The Dursey Island cable car is located at the edge of the Beara Peninsula, from which can transport you in unique style to the Dursey Island. The cable car is necessary because the tide surrounding the island is so strong it would be unsafe for boats to travel across it, but in some ways, that is a blessing because the cable car ride gives you some spectacular views of the island and it’s rugged landscapes. Once you’re on the island, you can enjoy stunning walks over the fantastic Irish trails.
Visit the Book of Kells
If you’re ever in the Dublin area, you must make sure that you book tickets for the Book of Kells exhibition, where you will be blown away by this beautiful manuscript. Created in 800 AD, this illustrated Latin collection of the four gospels is a sight to behold. You don’t have to be religious to be moved by its beauty and elegance, and you’ll come away with a greater understanding of history, illustration, and the bible. Trinity College Library, where the book is held, is also a very pleasant, interesting and intriguing place to mooch around when you have a few hours free.
Walk the Giant’s Causeway
The Giant’s Causeway is one of Ireland’s best-known and loved attractions. Basically a collection of roughly 40,000 connected basalt columns in County Antrim, the legend says that this UNESCO World Heritage Site was built by an Irish giant by the name of Finn MacCool so that he could fight a Scottish giant. You probably won’t see any giants, but you will love this spectacular feat of nature, and you’ll be able to take some wonderful photos. The Causeway coastal route which surrounds the causeway is pretty special too.
Get your fill of Guinness in Kehoe’s
You can’t visit Ireland without sinking a pint, or four, of Guinness, and perhaps the best place to do that is in Kehoe’s on 9 St. Anne Street, which has to be one of the coziest, friendliest pubs in Dublin. Sure, the Guinness Storehouse might be more popular with the tourists, but if you want to experience real Irish warmth and wit with your pint, this is the place to do it.
Bathe in Seaweed in Sligo
If you’re looking for a unique experience in Ireland, you’ll find it hard to beat a trip to the Voya Seaweed Baths, which are located in Strandhill and offer a rather unusual experience that will leave you with the softest skin and silkiest hair! Sit back and relax in a steaming bath of wild seaweed, a perfect way to unwind and relieve the tension.
Have you holidayed in Ireland? What Are your must-see attractions?