The Republic of Ireland occupies most of the island of Ireland, off the coast of England and Wales. Its capital, Dublin, is the birthplace of writers like Oscar Wilde, and home of Guinness beer. The 9th-century Book of Kells and other illustrated manuscripts are on show in Dublin’s Trinity College Library. Dubbed the “Emerald Isle” for its lush landscape, the country is dotted with castles like medieval Cahir Castle.
The popular travel guide Lonely Planet, has ranked Ireland as fifth on their Best in Travel 2015 country list:
“A small country with a big reputation, helped along by a timeless, age-caressed landscape and a fascinating, friendly people, whose lyrical nature is expressed in the warmth of their welcome (Lonely Planet, 2015).”
The country surrounding Dublin is one of the most ancient, mysterious and beautiful counties in the entire World. Having won multiple world famous tourism awards, such as ‘Best Destination: Europe’ at the Travel Weekly annual Readers Choice Awards in New York. Ireland is also home to the No. 1 Hotel in the World, ‘Ashford Castle’, as voted by one of the travel industry’s leading luxury networks, in Las Vegas last year.
Ireland is a dream location for exploring, and if you are attending SWSD 2018 you have the perfect excuse to go an adventure you will never forget. Ireland has been blessed with beautiful coastlines, and the world’s most attractive cliffs, located in Co. Clare. The Cliffs of Moher is one of Ireland’s most visited attractions. You can travel to West Clare to see the cliffs on a day trip from Dublin, or, you can embark on the trip of a lifetime and take the World’s longest coastal driving route ‘The Wild Atlantic Way’ which stretches the length of West Ireland’s rugged coastline for 2,500km. The Wild Atlantic Way is to the West of Ireland what ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ is to the East. So, if you want to keep it along the East coast, you can visit Newgrange, which is a Neolithic tomb, older, and every bit as mysterious the pyramids of Egypt. Visit some of the oldest known sites in history, medieval castles and ancient battle fields and embrace the ancient Celtic culture. Alternatively you can just take a day trip to Newgrange, either way it is a highly recommended visit, one not to miss out on.
There are virtually an unlimited number of world famous attractions Ireland has to offer, here is a list of some favourites:
- The Titanic, Belfast
- The Giants Causeway
- The Aran Islands
- Bunratty Castle
- Fota Wildlife Park
If you plan on taking one of these scintillating adventures, or indeed have another one of Ireland’s attractions planned, let us know on Facebook or Twitter using the handle @SWSDOfficial