Best Things to Do in Ireland
Politically, the island of Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland (officially named Ireland), which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. The island is also called "the emerald island" for its beautiful green landscapes. Geographically it is found in the northwestern part of Europe near England, Scotland and Wales (the rest of Britain).
My first destination has been Dublin the capital of independent Ireland (it belongs to the European Union and they use the Euro). Dublin is Ireland's largest city located on the east coast and is divided by the river Liffey.
Dublin is a city where very old buildings coexist with modernity, such as Dublin Castle or its large number of churches in all parts of the city. And also you can find very modern architecture brought by new generations with the financial boom of the late 90s, turning the city into a financial hub and technology hub with companies such as Google and Facebook.
It is also in my opinion the city with the best pubs and bars in the world. If you like to drink, talk and sing, this is definitely the place to visit for a famous pub crawl.
The main points of interest I recommend in Dublin are divided into two types:
Historic Sites and Museums: Dublin Castle, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Irish Museum, Irish Parliament, Trinity College and the Book of Kells.
These are my recommendation but the reality is that walking through the downtown area, you can find many historical sites and churches.
Bars and Temples to Alcohol: Ireland has a great reputation for its bars or pubs. In Dublin you can perform various activities around alcohol as it is to visit the Guiness Storehouse where you can learn how to manufacture, serve Guiness and taste it. There is also the version of Jameson to taste whiskey. And the biggest attraction is Temple Bar and the surrounding pubs where you can enjoy any night of the week of local beers and whiskey plus traditional Irish music and good rock.
I recommend at least a couple of nights in Dublin to really enjoy this great city.
Ireland has several of the most beautiful natural scenery and renting a car to travel the island is my best recommendation, just remember you must drive on the left side.
The two most famous areas to visit are Northern Ireland and the peninsulas along with their west coast cliffs.
Northern Ireland: This area of Ireland belongs to the UK and its currency is the Pound Sterling. Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland which a few decades ago continued with warlike conflicts between Catholics and Protestants and is also where the Titanic was created.
From Belfast driving towards the north coast lies one of the most spectacular places created by nature: the Giants Causeway. This causeway consists of many basaltic prisms that were created by the sea and that marvel at anyone with its beauty.
Ireland West Coast: Another of Ireland's favorite destinations is to travel by car and stay in bed & breakfast on the peninsulas and cliffs of the west coast.
The Burren area is hills and mountains that seem to have been scattered with stones on them creating a very unique landscape.
The Cliffs of Moher are also on the west coast and is the most visited tourist spot outside of Dublin for its amazing beauty.
During all the journeys inside Ireland and mainly in the peninsula of Dingle you can admire the green hills that call this island the emerald island, in addition to a great amount of castles that are part of the great history of Ireland and their families.
About food, in Dublin you can try all kinds of international food and in the vast majority of small towns is similar, in villages you can taste what is grown in the area and throughout the island you will enjoy meats and dairy that are produced on the island itself.
The Irish have strong character and black humor, but they are also very friendly and love storytelling, so there are so many stories about elves, magic and the good luck of the Irish that you can enjoy in some tours or living with locals.
For me it has been very special to know this incredible country where my family comes from, so I will say goodbye with the motto of my Rogers family that says "love dominates all things".