Ireland is a country of contrasts, from the wild hills of Donegal, to the busy streets of Dublin and to the picturesque Ring of Kerry, there are many places waiting to be explored
With world-renowned tourist attractions and hotels, the city has re-invented itself in recent times. Known as the birthplace of the Titanic, the ill-fated liners story is told in an interactive exhibition alongside the berth where the ship was built. Fans of Game of Thrones will also get a peek at the nearby studios which housed the production – much of the series was filmed in Northern Ireland.
The Antrim Coast Road is described as one of the best drives in the world. The road snakes around cliffs, harbours and beaches as makes its way towards a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giants Causeway. While scientists will have you believe the hexagonal stone columns were created by a volcanic fissure eruption, the real story is that it was the work of a giant who was trying to create a causeway to allow him to reach an enemy in Scotland. You can make your own mind up when you visit.
Known for the watery expanses of Lower and Upper Lough Erne, the county has historic estates, underground walks and a really laid back feel. The county town of Enniskillen has a castle which is still partly in use.
Due to the border between Northern Ireland (part of the UK, and colloquially called the North) and the Republic of Ireland (colloquially called the South), parts of Donegal (which is in the South) are further North than places in the actual North. It sounds confusing, but makes sense on the ground. Donegal is one end of the Wild Atlantic Way which hugs the coastline on the entire west coast of the island.
As you wander down Shop Street, you could be forgiven for forgetting what country you are in. Close your eyes and you will hear languages and voices from all over the world, more than likely all joining in with an Irish folk song being performed by a busker. Music is everywhere in Galway.
Ring of Kerry
The longest of Ireland’s scenic drives with stunning villages and outstanding scenery. The route goes past medieval ruins, lakes and mountain passes. Nearby Dingle Peninsula allows for an almost hippy way of life, marked by some of the residents who live in the area.
Known for its strong foodie scene, celebrated even more in neighboring Kinsale, the compact city Centre makes for an interesting wander.
Seen as an inspiration for writers, musicians and many other creative types, Dublin is really a city of many villages. Each has their own unique feel and ambience. From the arty Smithfield set to the winding streets of Daley, there are many experiences to be found.