Ireland is truly the Emerald Isle; the land is green and dewy from the morning mists snuggling in the folds of the hills. This lovely island almost seems magical to the visitor because of the lush and misty terrain. The charming little towns dot the countryside and the big cities are really just small towns grown up. And, the people are some of the friendliest in Europe, so prepare yourself for a warm welcome.
The Republic of Ireland makes up most of the island. The mild weather and beaches lure many to this great region. Mountains, ocean views, wildlife and lakes are some of the most treasured natural attractions. The local markets, like the Covered Market in Dublin, celebrate Ireland’s natural bounty.
Castles are a common sight in this verdant land; Dublin Castle and Kilkenny Castle are just a few. History museums and landmarks such as Trinity College, Bantry House, and Christ Church Cathedral celebrate the heritage of this old country while the National Gallery displays exquisite art that portrays the beauty of Ireland’s landscape.
World famous linen, tweed, crystal, ceramics and Irish whiskey are all produced here. Locally made pottery, jewelry and porter cake can also be found at local markets. These are all a part of the Republic of Ireland’s rich heritage, which along with the friendly people and spectacular landscapes, make this a place worth visiting again and again.
History, culture and natural beauty combine to make Northern Ireland one of the most desired vacation destinations. The temperate climate is ideal for travelers and keeps the island lush and green. People flock to the resort town of Newcastle and along the Mourne Coast because of its natural beauty. Visiting Carrick Island can be a great one-day adventure
Northern Ireland is known for its famous historic castles like Carrickfergus Castle, Castle Coole, Walls of Derry and Enniskillen Castle. Other historic monuments and museums keep Northern Ireland’s history and Celtic heritage alive. Festivals are filled with folk tunes, dancing, storytelling and food. Ancient ruins and historic churches tell tales of religious influences. Pubs are a big part of life, being a social gathering place as well as providing excellent food and drinks.
Other attractions to Northern Ireland include geological formations like the Giant’s Causeway, historic stately homes such as Mount Stewart House and Old Bushmills Distillery, the oldest in the world.
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Spring is our favorite time to go to Ireland, it is actually the least rainy time of year!
Written by Terri Fogarty for EuropeUpClose.com