Ireland (Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland), the 3rd largest island in Europe and the 20th in the world, lies in the northwest side of the Europe. Great Britain is in the East of Ireland. The island falls in two parts: Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which forms a part of the United Kingdom.
Until around the 17th century, Ireland was covered with woodlands and lush forests. Now, however, it is the most deforested place in the Europe. The island holds a population of just around 5.5 million, but the hospitality here is nothing less than ‘Legendary’. With the ongoing safety and security crisis, traveler may opt for safe places nowadays, and that is also one of the reasons why Ireland is a good destination for one to tour. Though Ireland is highly politically active, it remains almost totally free of terrorist attacks.
‘Land of a Thousand Welcomes’, as the Island of Ireland is otherwise known as, holds a vibrant quality and quantity of clean and unpolluted greenery. The island reeks of history. All monuments in Ireland (there are over 1000 monuments) are Government Protected. These monuments consist of buildings from the Neolithic period, the medieval period and from more recent years too. This is proved by various monuments, castles and houses, some of which are even older than the Pyramids, for e.g. The Brú na Boinne.
Time has yet to conquer the wonders of this nation! Even getting lost in this place can be a worthy experience. If one desires to visit the nation of Ireland, one must do so in either of the two months; June or September. At this time, the tourist spots and facilities are open and the weather is fine too.
Touring Ireland with a tight budget is quite tough. The tour needs time and cash if one really wants to see the true Ireland. One also has to narrow down to the spots he/she wants to visit, and also prioritize in this list too. With over 1000 beautiful monuments, it will definitely be a head spinner if you don’t have your tour planned.
In case of accommodations, one may find a number of choices, especially in the large metropolitan cities. These cities include hotels that vary both in size and tariff. The bigger cities feature luxury hotels, budget hotels, guest houses, etc. For teen travelers, who are ready to abandon the luxury of the luxury hotels and are satisfied with standard quality housing, there are hostels. Hostels offer two choices of accommodation. If one chooses one may opt for private rooms or dorm-style accommodations. In a more rural side of the country, one may find the inns providing the hospitality desired.
Getting Around The Country:
If an individual has planned a two-week tour of the country, he/she may see the coastlines only if driving, and not much of the interior of the country. Trains, buses and subways offer highly fluent tourism throughout the country. One may opt for BritRail pass, if he/she wants to travel by trains.
This pass gives you unlimited travel by train, over a number of days. Irish Rambler’s Pass, does the same as BritRail pass, only for bus travel. The Emerald card provides access to both, Rails and Buses, over a period of days. Those who think that they will drive throughout their tour, choosing where to stop and when, may opt for the car rental service in Ireland. To have access to this service, one must either have an International Driver’s permit and/or a valid driver’s license and a Credit card.
What To See:
Ireland is a land where there’s a sight seeing option wherever you set your foot down. Travel by car, or bus along the coastlines and you’ll definitely want to step down ever so often to click the landscape in your camera. Some of the Landscapes that might interest you are listed below.
The Burren – An extraordinary stretch of land from the North, this place has a dynamic assemblage of Flora and Fauna.
Giant’s Causeway – According to the locals, a giant named Fionn Mac Cumhaill has developed this causeway for walking down to Scotland and fight his enemy. It is a collection of about 40000 interlocking basalt columns.
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The Islands – the islands of Ireland boast of their spell-bounding beauty and bursting cultural value.
The Cliffs of Moher – the cliffs of Moher is famous for the steep cliff, of around 700 ft, from a flat meadow to the Atlantic.
Some other natural attractions are Skelling Islands, The Dingle peninsula, MacGillycuddy’s Reek, The Slieve Bloom Way, etc. These are only some of the Breathtaking Tourist attractions that await you in Ireland. You’ll know that there are more than just these natural wonders once you step down from the Airplane.
Coming to the case of Monuments, there is no place to begin and nowhere to end. What can you say? There are more than 1000 monuments in the country; some of them are older than the Pyramids. So if one loves history and loves to smell those aged bricks and be involved with the characters of the history page, Ireland is one of a kind. Some of the Historical monuments which you may pay a visit to are listed below, The Dublin Custom House, the Four Courts, Trinity College, the Book of Kells, National Museum, Bru na Boinne, Bunratty Castle and Folk park, etc.
So now you know what you have to see when you’re in Ireland, or rather what you should not miss in Ireland. When you’re visiting Ireland keep in mind, the country’s not only for it’s famous for its older-than-the pyramid monuments and structures but also it’s traditional music and Food and Beverages.
A few examples of great musicians who might keep your ears open are Enya, U2 etc. Some of the great dishes of the place are Irish Stew, Fresh Salmon, and Breakfast (as a meal). One beer you are surely to come by, and like, is the Guinness Beer, which celebrated its 220 years in business. Ireland holds many wonders for a first timer, and much more to reveal to a re-visitor. It is a place of deep culture, amazing historical monuments, traditional music and famous Beer brands.