5 Reasons why I will Return to Ireland


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.

Pub Hopping

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

5 Reasons why I will Return to Ireland

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.

Amazing.

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.

Golf

5 Reasons why I will Return to Ireland

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

5 Reasons why I will Return to Ireland

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 MichaelDerrynane Beach, and Innisfallen Island.

Castles, Castles, Castles

5 Reasons why I will Return to Ireland

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.

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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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  • WanderToes Travel Blogging & R

    This looks great! Ok, the golf doesn’t do it for me… but the pub hopping would be nice. And the Ring of Kerry looks so like it would be a fun and beautiful goal. And of course, castles. Can’t go wrong there!

  • Halley Wright

    Great article! Ireland is so magical, I don’t blame you for wanting to go back! I unfortunately didn’t visit the Cliffs of Moher or Giant’s Causeway, so I definitely want to return and explore more!

  • Neha

    this one is amazing, i didn’t know ireland has so much to offer that you tend to return there. Yes, castles fantasize me! and i am going to visit this place.

  • Tale of 2 Backpackers

    This is a great post! After reading this , even I want to visit Ireland for sure.. If not for anything else, but for its castles!

  • Justine Jobelle M. Kimoden

    I have never been to Ireland yet but I already want to return. Possibly not because of the pubs because I’m not a drinker but definitely for the castles and ring of kerry!

  • Medha Verma Bector

    I want to visit Ireland for the dreamy fairytale-like castles! I know what you mean by not liking to backtrack but some places you visit in life leave such an impact on you, you cannot help but want to go back. New Zealand and Hawaii are two such places for me. Great post!

  • Christina

    Pub hopping in Ireland would be awesome. The pubs always look incredible to sent and relax and people watch while enjoying a nice pint. Going to Ireland just for the castles and countryside is the reason I want to go to Ireland. So many videos and photos that I have seen. I can’t wait to visit.

  • Stephanie Liao

    Good reasons! Ahh I was just in Ireland for 2.5 weeks and the one thing I didn’t get to see was Ring of Kerry! Must go back for that…

  • Becca Talbot

    Pub hopping was the highlight of my trip to Dublin, though that’s because it’s all me and my ex-boyfriend really did while there. I did eat a lot of hearty Irish food to soak up all that Guinness though 😉 x

  • I’m so glad I have family in Ireland. It means I get to go out there to see them. Later this year I’ll be heading back for a 3 week road trip and I’m so excited