Visiting Ireland and exploring its land is on many people's bucket lists. But what attracts tourists to return time and time again? Is it the photogenic landscapes you can adore for miles? The lullaby melodies of old folk songs? Or maybe the friendly atmosphere of well-known pubs and drinking taverns? Whatever it is, it works like a lucky charm, which is why thousands visit Ireland’s shores each year.
Ireland can be visited all year round. However, the best times are between March to May, and September to November. Travelling to Ireland within these months means you can avoid the crowds in the busy peak period whilst also enjoying the milder spring and autumn weather.
Another benefit of visiting Ireland in March means you can also experience the buzz of the country on St. Patrick’s Day. Celebrations for this festival are not to be missed.
Visiting Ireland allows you to open your eyes to the wonderful wildlife that graces its land. If you’re lucky and in the right spot on a clear day, you may even be able to spot the famous Fungie the dolphin in Dingle. The Dingle Peninsula is a landmark spot to visit in Ireland, so be sure to add it to your list of places to see while in the country.
Keeping with the theme of living creatures in Ireland, you can see some of the most adorable animals throughout the year. Springtime is especially great if you are in touch with nature as the spring lambs may be out in full flock. Our top tip is to remember to be courteous when in farmers fields on walks and try to keep dogs on leads when in field with animals to avoid any conflicts.
Colours within the landscapes can help you feel connected to the surroundings. Just like the colours of Scotland, when you visit Ireland you will be greeted by deep green forests, calming blue water, or vibrant flowers in full bloom. Be sure to embrace your surroundings when visiting Ireland to help you feel relaxed and at peace.
By visiting Ireland, you can recreate a handful of your favourite movie scenes as many blockbusters have been filmed in this beautiful country. To name but a few:
Ireland’s mountains and cliffs are a wonder to the eyes, which is why they’re worth a visit. Be sure to carve time into your schedule to explore the Cliffs of Moher or the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland, when visiting this country.
When you visit Ireland, not only do you have the beautiful onshore landscape, there’re many mini-islands to appreciate off the coasts too. One of our favourites is Skellig Rock. Named the second largest gannet colony in Europe, we can see why many people want to capture a shot when visiting Ireland.
It’s no hidden secret that Irish folk love to socialise over a drink or two. So why not join in the fun when visiting Ireland, by soaking up the atmosphere in a handful of the iconic pubs. Dublin’s Temple Bar is a firm favourite with tourists, thanks to its iconic craic and service, while playing traditional Irish music all day everyday!
Thousands flock to visit Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway each year to see a glimpse of the natural rock formation. Each pillar varies in size, with some standing above 30 feet! If that's not spectacular, we don’t know what is. You can visit this iconic landmark on Rabbie’s Northern Ireland tours, including our 5 day Northern Ireland and Atlantic Coast tour. Book now to experience the sights for yourself this year.
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Located in Blarney Castle, County Cork, the Blarney Stone is still one of Ireland’s greatest mysteries to this day. However, this hasn’t stopped famous figures in history kissing it for good luck, including Winston Churchill and Mick Jagger. When visiting Ireland you can be amongst those who have kissed the stone, and you never know, you may find good luck along the way.
While warm beach holidays may not be synonymous with Ireland, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! There’re many wonderful beaches to visit in Ireland including:
If great literacy is more to your interest when visiting Ireland, you’re in safe hands. Many may be familiar with the works of Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, or Samuel Beckett, but did you know they were all raised in Ireland? Be inspired by their work while sitting in the Irish landscape on a sunny spring afternoon. What could be better?
University architecture can be appreciated in many countries, but Ireland’s is something to be adored on your next adventure to the Emerald Isle. With 22 world class universities located in Ireland, there’re many which could take your fancy. A student favourite is Trinity College Dublin or Queen’s University Belfast.
Guinness. The dark liquid that is the key to many Irish folks' hearts. Brewed in Dublin, this popular drink represents Ireland globally. It’s readily available across the country for all to enjoy. Visit Ireland and stop by the Guinness Storehouse factory to take a taste in its home land. You can even get your photo printed on top of the foam, how cool is that.
Like many areas, you can always stumble across unique architecture or derelict buildings which have managed to stand the test of time. Ireland is no different. See how many you can spot when you visit Ireland this year.
Exploring new lands can be a feast for the eyes and the imagination. And Ireland certainly doesn't disappoint. When on a small-group tour or following a hiking trail, you may be able to spot unique rock formations in the coastal waters. Ensure you have the camera at the ready for the perfect shot.
Ireland's food is known for being hearty, rich, and full of flavours, which is just one reason to visit Ireland this year. With fresh seafood caught in the Wild Atlantic Way, to high quality grass-fed lamb in Connemara, discover our guide to the Irish food and drink you must try when you visit this country.
Traditional Irish music is the heart and soul behind Ireland’s culture. Its impact can be felt through every step of your journey. Appreciated all over the world for its lively beats and melodies, it can be a way for strangers to connect over a shared theme. You can experience the unique sounds for yourself once you decide to visit Ireland.
Visiting Ireland has never been easier. And what better way to explore the land than in the comfort of a small-group tour. Rabbie’s has numerous Ireland tours that run throughout the year, departing from Belfast or Dublin. What’s more, you’re transported in a luxury Mercedes 16 seat mini-coach, which features large windows and USB ports. Our driver-guides will be on hand to share their local knowledge and tales of the past. Book now to secure your space this year, or sign up to our newsletters to be the first to hear of our new departure locations.