Few countries carry such an evocative reputation as that of Ireland. With its green rolling hills, legendary hospitality and of course, the omnipresent glass of Guinness, it’s no wonder that over seven million tourists flock to the Emerald Isle every year. So if you’re planning your first Irish excursion and you want to check out the best bars, culture, scenery and sport, what are the key attractions that you shouldn’t miss?
Ireland’s capital is truly the heart of the nation with one in every six Irish people living in this magnificent city. A quick walk around the Temple Bar quarter of Dublin is a great place to start as it offers traditional pubs, great street foods and a laidback way to get acquainted with the city.
Dublin is a surprisingly walkable city and a quick stroll across the many bridges that span the River Liffey would be an excellent way to walk off that obligatory pint of Guinness. Whereas for some cultural treats, then a trip to Dublin Castle can provide an eye-opening encounter with the city’s past, and the beautiful Trinity College holds the ancient Book of Kells, created by Irish monks in 800 AD.
Out and about
Ireland is still a surprisingly rural country, and there’s much to be enjoyed in its rich, green countryside. The Wicklow Way in particular is renowned for its hiking and mountain biking opportunities, and the picturesque Glendalough features a sixth century monastic settlement, as well as colourful gardens and the highest waterfall in Ireland.
Sports fans are particularly well-served in Ireland with Gaelic football and hurling providing some homegrown entertainment. Whereas many horse racing enthusiasts regularly flock to Ireland which has a proven heritage for providing some of the best thoroughbreds in horse racing history. Those with an eye to bet should take advantage of Betway’s horse racing odds checker that covers all top UK and Irish races along with other popular sports whilst visiting some of the renowned racecourses such as Navan, Leopardstown and Curragh.
As befits an island nation, Ireland has some wonderful coastal attractions to visit. The western city of Galway is an intimate and pretty place on the coast that has a rich musical tradition, with famous venues such as the Roisin Dubh offering top-class local and international entertainment.
Whereas the windswept Inchydoney island currently holds the ‘best beach in Ireland’ accolade, and also offers a great point to explore the surrounding County Cork from, with the iconic Blarney Stone holding a particular significance in the nation’s heritage.
So for a top class travel destination that offers a world-beating combination of distinctive culture, beautiful scenery and exciting sporting life, then visit the beautiful Emerald Isle.