From impressively pitched cliffs to beautifully sandy beaches in the south, the variety of Ireland’s landscape is evident even at the edge of the Emerald Isle. A trip farther inland reveals the famous hilly pastures with their countless shades of green, but also mountains, turf moors, rivers (26,600 km long in total) and ancient Celtic remnants in the form of burial mounds and stone circles.
Ireland offers wonderful opportunities for having fun outdoors. For people interested in water sports, there are more than 120 yachting and sailing clubs as well as rivers, lakes and beaches. Be it surfing, sailing, diving or kayaking – the ideal activity is available for every taste.
There is also plenty to do inland, such as hiking, cycling or riding along marked paths through the idyllic hills and mountains.
Ireland’s nightlife is considered an insider’s tip among the night owls. From comfortable pubs with live music to the lively nightclubs in the cities, there is something for every mood.
A visit to downtown Cork is highly recommended. Here you can find bars, restaurants and nightclubs packed closely next to each other, offering you a unique nightlife experience.
The area around the Temple Bar in Dublin, with its numerous clubs and popular pre-club bars, is also definitely worth a visit.
Those wishing to savour Ireland’s nature should follow the “Ring of Kerry”, possibly Europe’s most beautiful coast road, which meanders between steep cliffs and picturesque bays for more than 170 kilometres. Or, visit Killarney National Park with its vast lakes and ancient oak trees.
Wrapped in legend, the Giant’s Causeway in the north-eastern part of the island was created about 60 million years ago as a result of intensive volcanic and geological activity. Today, the roughly 37,000 hexagonal basalt columns are among the most popular places of interest in Northern Ireland.
Whenever you visit Ireland, and wherever you go, there is always a festival taking place somewhere. One example is Electric Picnic, a music and arts festival that transports you into a magical world full of diverse music and artistic performances.
Then there is also the Cork Midsummer Festival covering 10 days in the creative city of Cork and offering guests local, national and international events with top-quality music, film, theatre, dance, opera, circuses and fine arts.
Once a year, on 17 March, the streets are transformed into a sea of happy, laughing green faces.
It is a national holiday throughout Ireland, with impressive parades marching to music through city and village streets alike.
More than 50 buildings illuminated in green can be found in Dublin and many other major cities around the world. Viewed from space, however, the Irish capital will still be the greenest place of all on this day.
Ireland has evolved into a popular country for shopping over the last few years. Modern shopping centres and supermarkets can be found in the ultimate shopping cities of Cork and Dublin as well as in the smaller towns and villages.
Small, charming shops selling interesting, handmade products and all the necessities of life can also be found on every corner. All of this makes shopping in Ireland a unique experience.