| Updated 09 September 2015 | Posted in
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You don't have to travel far from home to find a magical holiday destination. Ireland has it all - long stretches of beach, a wild night-life, friendly people, and stunning rugged scenery. And if the weather gets soggy, there's nothing like a Guinness and an Irish stew to warm the cockles...We give you 22 reasons why you must visit Ireland, if not right now, then certainly this year.
1. Ireland was voted number 5 in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel – Top 10 countries to visit in 2015.
2. Guinness doesn't travel well – so taste it where you know it’s going to be at its best. You can even taste it straight from the barrel at The Guinness Factory in Dublin.
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3. Irish whiskey – visit the Jameson Distillery in Midleton on the banks of the Dungourney River.
4. For the cosy old-time pubs and live folk music.
Picture: gogartys.ie & thetemplebarpub.com
5. Try the Temple Bar area in Dublin.
6. There’s a leprechaun museum in Dublin too.
7. There are plenty of long walks to take in the moody scenery…
8. Followed by Irish stew to warm up.
9. Drive the Wild Atlantic Way – this 2,500km coastal route weaves through every rugged peninsula and seaside village between Cork and Donegal.
10. And the Causeway Coastal Route.
11. The Cliffs of Moher are breath-takingly beautiful.
12. There are some pretty awesome castles to discover.
13. You can visit The Dark Hedges, which featured at the beginning of Game of Thrones Season 2.
14. The people – friendly and blessed with a ridiculously charming accent.
15. The country is a bookworms’ dream – Ireland is the land of literary legends WB Yeats, James Joyce, CS Lewis, Seamus Heaney and Samuel Beckett.
Visit Dunluce Castle in County Antrim which is said to be the inspiration for the castle where the fictional king and queen of Narnia lived in Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia.
16. And some pretty amazing books can be found at Trinity College in Dublin. Like the Book of Kells – a beautifully decorated and minutely detailed manuscript written around 800 AD.
17. The beaches are spotless and quiet.
18. And the surfing on the West Coast is pretty gnarly.
19. Try the many farmhouse cheeses.
Ireland is famous for its fresh dairy. Every region has its own speciality – Ardrahan and Gubbeen are both semi-soft cheeses from Cork, and Killorglin from Country Kerry.
20. The bass fishing is amongst the best in Europe – and there are so many jaw-dropping locations to give it a go.
21. Discover The Titanic Story in Belfast – visit the harbour where the enormous ill-fated ship was built, and learn all about movies to the myths in the nine galleries which incorporate CGI, audio and special effects.
22. You and your family can stay in a gorgeous Irish house for less than £200 per week!
If this list has got you giddy for an Irish adventure (and thirsty for an Irish tipple) then see our villas and apartments in Ireland