Ireland is the most magical place in the world. There are hundreds of reasons why going to Ireland should be on your bucket list but I’m going to give you 10 main reasons why it should be number one.
This one is a no brainer. If you want to party, Ireland is the place to go. Heck, there’s even a holiday celebrated around the world based on Irish drinking. As soon as someone thinks of Ireland, they think of beer and a lot of people want to go there just to party. There are so many things to do in Ireland, but partying is definitely something that the Irish excel at. There’s apparently around 7,500 pubs in the tiny Republic of Ireland.
No matter what kind of partying you like, Ireland has it. There are pubs, clubs and even bars where you can play drinking games. I’ve played flip cup and beer pong inside the bars. I’ve listened to all sorts of music and danced with all sorts of people. The night life in Ireland is comparable to no other country.
Like I just said, I’ve listened to all sorts of music. There’s live music pouring out of every pub and every restaurant. Most pubs will have some live music of some sort while the clubs have DJs. Because Ireland mostly consists of pubs, bands and solo artists are the norm.
At some pubs, it is normal and encouraged for people to bring their instruments and jam with whomever else brought their instruments. They don’t practice. They just play. The Cobblestone in Dublin is a good place to listen to some fiddles and some bagpipes.
By stories I mean folklore and history. It’s crazy how much history Ireland has. It’s interesting to listen to how much turmoil Ireland has been through. The Black Cab Tours in Belfast, Northern Ireland is a good place to learn more about the Protestant/Catholic history.
Fairies, giants and leprechaun stories can be told all around Ireland and you’ll get sucked into the legends. The Giant’s Causeway is one of the most well-known. There is even a pub chain in Canada named after the hero, Fionn MacCool.
Ireland is an island so there are cliffs galore. Each one more breathtaking than the last. You can also get right up close since none of them have fences (to preserve the beauty). No jumping*. Cliffs of Moher is probably the most popular but the Dun Aonghasa on the island of Inishmore is equally as stunning.
Farm animals basically dominate Ireland. Cute sheep, horses and cows are everywhere. I never got tired of looking out of the bus window and seeing more farm animals. There’s also a lot of scruffy dogs roaming around. I’m into these things, but maybe not everyone is.
If farm animals aren’t your thing, don’t fret. There are other animals too, like seals and dolphins. The island of Inishmore is a good place to spot some seals. You can see the famous dolphin named Fungie in the town of Dingle. The town even has a statue to honor him. Fungie has lived there for over 30 years so it is important to head to Dingle right away. Dolphins live till approximately 48 years old.
Who would have thought beaches were so beautiful in Ireland? It might be cold but wouldn’t it be cool to say you went swimming in Ireland? There’s also a legend surrounding one of the beaches. If you go in the water there, you leave a part of your soul behind. You must return to Ireland and dip your toes in the water again to get your soul back. I think the beach is called Inch Beach but I could be mistaken.
Ireland is filled with natural wonders. Almost everywhere you look, you’ll see picture-perfect scenery that’ll make you think “how can anything be so beautiful?” Giant’s Causeway is a scene that is sure to blow your mind. I’m surprised it’s not one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. It looks unreal and is something you don’t want to miss. It comes with history and a legend.
- The Countryside
Rolling hills is something Ireland is known for. You can find millions of pictures of them anytime you search “Ireland” in your google search bar. What if I told you they were more beautiful in person? What if I told you no camera would capture the actual beauty of Ireland’s countryside? Ireland may have the most glorious countrysides in the entire world.
- The Castles
If you want to see castles, Ireland is the place to go. With approximately 30,000 castles and ruins speckled around the small the island, it would be almost impossible to go to Ireland without seeing one. Blarney Castle is one of Ireland’s most famous castles. Once you make it to the top of the castle, you can kiss the blarney stone and gain the gift of gab – as legend is told.
- The People
Now for the best part of Ireland – the people. Not only are the accents some of the best accents in the world, the people may also be the most fun to be around. Why do you think Ireland is so famous for drinking and pubs? The Irish make it such a good time. They are so inviting and friendly. Pubs and clubs are filled with the Irish dancing and singing and having a ball. Just watching them is fun, but most will let you do more than just watch. I’ve sang and danced with my fair share of Irish men and women while I was in Ireland. You will be sure to have fun on your trip to Ireland.
If you’ve been to Ireland, what am I missing on my top 10 list of reasons why Ireland should be next on your list?