Are you looking for a weekend break outside of the UK? Ireland is the perfect location for a vacation that doesn’t require extensive travel, yet has everything a weekend destination should offer on your doorstep. If you’re looking to go outside of the UK in 2022, but aren’t ready for a big trip abroad, Ireland is the perfect place to start. Here are 5 reasons your next weekend destination needs to be Ireland.
Ireland’s coastline is home to jaw-dropping cliffs, long sandy swathes of shoreline, and mysterious island locations like the Skellig Islands. The Skellig islands are two remote islands home to huge seal and puffin populations, and most notably the Christian monastery on Skellig Michael. The islands are accessible by the Skellig Island Boat trips and are a must-see destination if you’re looking to travel to the islands.
There’s no beating Irish cuisine. From the staple chicken fillet roll to Dublin’s Guinness pie with buttered carrots, everything in Ireland tastes better. The quality of food produced in Ireland is second to none, with the focus in Ireland on buying Irish very easy to fulfill. Some of the most unique foods in Ireland include Boxty, a type of Irish potato pancake, traditional Irish stew, and Galway oysters, which are plumper than their UK counterparts and come into season in September.
Traditional Irish Music
If you go and sit at a bar, chances are you’ll be exposed to a lively dose of local Irish Music. Head to Dublin for the very best in vibrant Irish bands, with a thriving local nightlife and great atmosphere combined. Historically, the Irish potato famine led to the great migration of the Irish population across the world, leading to a huge exposure to Irish music worldwide.
Ireland is home to some of the most majestic castles in the world, with the most famous being Blarney Castle. Home to the infamous Blarney Stone, Blarney Castle was built 600 years ago by the infamous Cormac MacCarthy, and is a huge draw for tourists worldwide. Legends dictate that if you kiss the Blarney Stone, you’ll be gifted with eloquence in future, and never find yourself lost for words. Ireland is home to around 30,000 castles and castle ruins, so you’ll never run out of history when visiting the Emerald Isle.
Irish city breaks allow you to sample all the above and more. Dublin City is the top ranked city break, home to the prestigious Trinity College and the Book of Kells. But vibrant Galway also has a lot to offer, with fine dining and a thriving nightlife. Tralee, Cork, Sligo and Waterford are also must-visits on the list of top cities in Ireland.
There are so many reasons to visit Ireland in 2022. Try a city break to combine all of the Irish fine dining, music, castles and coastlines into one exciting two day experience. Have fun sampling a slice of Irish pie, and history this year by choosing one of the top Irish cities to visit as a travel destination.