I hate to backtrack. This has been well documented over my years of travel. As time goes on and the number of countries I visit goes up, my desire to return to my favourite places has grown. This is been the case for loved places like Cape Town and New Zealand. Now I am itching to return to Ireland. I was lucky enough to spend eight awesome days driving around the country and an additional few days enjoying Dublin. I walked the Cliffs of Moher, saw tombs older than the pyramids of Giza, and had a creamy pint straight from the source at the Guinness Storehouse. I saw castles, drank whiskey, and explored Northern Ireland where I walked in the footsteps of giants and learned all about Belfast’s shipbuilding past.
Yes, it was truly an amazing trip…and yet I want more.
With that, here are five reasons why I will return to Ireland.
Fancy a pint? Ireland’s got you covered. I could (and did) spend hours relaxing in a pub and specifically travel from small town to small town enjoying live music and a cold Guinness along the way. Seriously, Ireland has some amazing pubs…but this shouldn’t be a shocker. What is surprising is the fact that I could literally return to Ireland just to bar hop.
Also, I really love Guinness. Getting it straight from the source is somehow so much better.
Enjoy Local Support
Although it felt like drinking was a sport while I was in Ireland, it was the collection of odd games that caught my attention. While touring the Cork countryside with a friend and his father, the most Irish thing possible happened. We drove into a bowling game, literally. No, we didn’t crash into a bowling alley. We stumbled upon street bowling, a game typically found in the Cork region. This odd sport puts two contestants against each other while spectators bet on their ability to throw a steel ball down the road.
Naturally, this peaked my curiosity into local sport. A little further down the road, a high school hurling match was underway. My friend stopped to watch it while I confusingly looked on. Turns out, Ireland has plenty of great local games including handball, football, and rounders.
Speaking of sport, I would return to Ireland just to golf its many beautiful courses. While road tripping around the country I passed course after course. Turns out, Ireland loves golf. So much so that golf vacations are not uncommon and even met a group of guys from Canada doing just that. Some of the courses I would love to try out include Portmarnock, Lahinch, and Ballybunion which is often listed as one of the finest in the world.
Complete the Ring of Kerry
I would also return to Ireland to drive the Ring of Kerry proper. On my last visit, I foolishly thought I could drive it all in a day. Fail. I made it a quarter way around before turning back. Although I did get to see the Muckross House, old stone forts, and the views from Molly’s Gap, I missed out on a lot. Next time I will slow down to enjoy some hikes and visit Skellig Michael, Derrynane Beach, and Innisfallen Island.
Castles, Castles, Castles
Although I saw my fair share of castles along my trip through Ireland, I want more. I wasn’t actively seeking them out yet there they were in every small town and random countryside location along the way. I would love to return to Ireland and seek out the country’s best and most notable castles such as The Rock of Cashel and Doe Castle. And even though I have little desire to kiss a well-loved rock, I would return to Ireland to visit Blarney Castle. At the very least it would keep the tourist in me satisfied.
There you have it. 5 reasons why I will return to Ireland and, perhaps, 5 reasons why you will make your first trip. From its green countryside to its countryside pubs, there is plenty left for me to explore in Ireland.
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