Collaborative Post | The Emerald Isles are a favorite vacation spot for many a people from all over the world. Europeans and Americans particularly like visiting Ireland, especially during the late-spring, summer, or early-autumn. A lot of people even plan their winter vacation in Ireland, as few things feel better than celebrating Christmas and New Years in an Irish pub, surrounded by friendly folks drinking beer and whiskey.
It is always good to start planning your holidays early. With winter just around the corner and 2024 summer approaching, we would like to discuss the best vacation spots in the Emerald Isles. We’ll share the best things to see, the top attractions, and more. If you’ve been wanting to visit Ireland, we hope this article can help you navigate the country.
Limerick is an Irish city, famed for its historical significance, as well as its nightlife. If you are just looking to visit Ireland with a group of friends and party your hearts out, Limerick would be a great choice. Especially if you and your friends have a propensity for hitting reels and spinning wheels.
Limerick is home to the fabulous Fitzpatrick Casino. One of Ireland’s biggest casino chains, and by far the most popular gambling establishment in the country. Of course, there are also online casinos that offer a variety of the best online slots, most people are already familiar with casino games, so playing at the Fitzpatrick might be even easier.
But we don’t want to make it seem like Limerick is all just parties, nightclubs, and casinos. The city holds both a cultural and a historical significance. It is the home of King John’s Castle, the ruins of which are exhilarating, especially for history nerds. The Limerick Museum is also worth checking out, for those who want to learn more about the Irish city.
If you are religious, or at least have a passing interest in the history of religion, Limerick is home to various cathedrals, built at different points in history. They all have their own charm, which makes them a wonderful visit destination.
Planning a family holiday can be stressful. You want to please everyone, but at the same time, they all have different interests and places they want to see. One person may want to spend the day relaxing, while another just wants to party, and yet a third is interested in the culture and history of the place you are visiting.
Luckily, Ireland’s capital, Dublin, can please everyone. As the country’s capital, Dublin is the cultural and political hub of the nation. Anyone interested in learning more about the country would naturally visit Dublin, and for good reason.
On the other hand, Dublin is also home to quite a few quaint and relaxed pubs and cafes. There, you can relax, watch some sports, drink beer, and enjoy some “me” time, away from all the worries of day-to-day life. Of course, not all pubs are the “relaxing” type. There are some that can get quite rowdy and loud. For those who want to party, Dublin is probably the best choice.
The city also has quite a bit of historical significance. The National Museum of Ireland is located in Dublin. For those who are curious about Irish history dating back to the Ancient World, the National Museum is a must. If art is more your thing, the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) is also in Dublin, as well as the National Gallery of Ireland.
Like Limerick, Dublin is also home to a lot of historically and culturally significant churches and cathedrals. Among them, the most well-known one is the Christ Church Cathedral, known for its unique architecture. Lastly, if you just want some good old fun times, the Irish Leprechaun Museum tells you all you need to know about Ireland’s magical creatures.
The Inishowen Peninsula
If road trips are what you like, there can be no better place than the Inishowen Peninsula. The place is perfect for hiking, long walks, and even jogging. If you visit in the off-season, around November, you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, which make Inishowen one of the most popular vacation destinations.
Most visitors travel to the very edge of the peninsula, hoping to go to sleep and wake up to the magnificent ocean breeze. For party animals, there is not much to do here. However, those who enjoy a good road trip, camping trip, or relaxation vacation would surely benefit from visiting one of Ireland’s most spectacular tourist destinations.
It only gets better. If you have the money, you can rent a cabin and truly see what it’s like to live by the Irish sea. The cabins range from old-school to luxury, so choose wisely when you are renting them out. If you are unprepared for a lesson in historical living, we would recommend renting the luxurious ones.
Road trip through the country
Thus far, we’ve discussed specific cities (or regions) in Ireland that are worth visiting. In doing so, we might have given the impression that some parts of Ireland are better than others. However, that is far from the truth. For those who truly want to see the beauty that Ireland has to offer, the best thing to do is go on a road trip through the country.
If you can get your hands on a RV, or perhaps book different accommodations throughout the country, revving up your engine and going on a cross-Ireland journey will give you a fantastic experience. You will see the beauty that Ireland has to offer, the culture of the different regions, and come across spots that not many tourists are aware of.
You might even see some legendary spots where the locals believe that fairies dwell. If you don’t mind spending the bulk of your time in a car or RV, a road trip across the Emerald Isle is certainly an undertaking we would recommend whole-heartedly.
These are just a few recommendations for first-time visitors. The Emerald Isle has so much more to offer. And once you visit Ireland once, you will want to return. We hope that this article has encouraged you to start planning your next vacation, and we wish you all the best once you do visit.
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