The country of four leaf clovers, Leprechauns, huge St Patrick’s Day celebrations and Guinness is about more than just its folklore, stout and having a huge party. The country of Ireland is filled with beautiful lush green hills and mountains, a dramatic coastline, majestic castles and a fascinating history, which goes back to roughly 10,500 BC. Today, Dublin is the main city for visitors to explore, but there is a lot more that Ireland has to offer. So take a look at just some of these top Irish attractions.
Dublin has a very friendly and jovial atmosphere to it. With cobbled streets paving the way to cosy pubs and leading up to ancient cathedrals, castles, museums and interesting bridges crossing the River Liffey, Dublin has it all.
Make sure to pay a visit to Dublin Castle, St Patrick’s Cathedral and for an in-depth look into Irish culture, make sure you stop in at the Museum of Ireland.
Blarney Castle was built roughly six hundred years ago by an Irish Chieftain by the name of Cormac MacCarthy. Situated near the city of Cork, Blarney Castle is well known for being the site of the Blarney stone, which attracts thousands of people every year.
The legend goes that if you kiss the Blarney stone, you will be rewarded with the gift of eloquence. For years, writers, statesmen and those in the movie industry have made the ‘trek’ in order to kiss the Blarney Stone.
The Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland was caused by a volcanic eruption on the island some 50 to 60 million years ago. It’s a large area on the coast, made up of basalt columns which look like they have been man-made due to the shapes of the hexagonal blocks which create the structures we see there today!
The legend behind the Giants Causeway says that it was built by a giant. The giant from Ireland, Fionn mac Cumhaill was challenged to a fight by a Scottish giant, Benandonner. On accepting the challenge, Fionn then built the causeway across the channel to Scotland so that the two giants could come together and complete the challenge.
When in Ireland it would be a sin not to drink a Guinness or two. The best way to explore this famous Irish product is to visit the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Here you can take a tour of the brewery, down a few pints, and have a bite to eat in the Brewery restaurants, and pick up a souvenir or two from the Guinness shop.
It’s a great way to spend a day when visiting Ireland, as the Guinness Storehouse is one of the city’s main attractions.
St Patricks Day Festivals
Although it has become a global phenomenon with St Patrick’s Day celebrations happening across the globe. Ireland is where it all began. It goes without saying then the parties and celebrations here will be second to none. Dress up in green, join the parades, and take part in the festivities and afterwards party the night away in the bars and clubs, with a green Guinness in hand.
Ireland is a festive country with fun and interesting things to see and do. From kissing the Blarney Stone in Cork or hunting for four leaf clovers, to downing a Guinness or three in Dublin, Ireland is a destination which should be on everyone’s list. So speak to your Flight Centre Consultant today to find out more about flights, package deals and tours to Ireland.