The Emerald Isle certainly lives up to its name, offering a vast array of outdoor activities that are sure to win over adults and children alike. Whether you're exploring the lush, rolling hills, galivanting along cliffside walking routes or settling down for a lakeside picnic, Ireland's natural beauty is bound to soothe mind, body and soul.
But it's not just the rural side of Ireland that makes it a staycation favourite - the vibrant cities are brimming with exciting offerings. Boasting live music culture and a rich heritage, you'll never be bored in one Ireland's buzzing cities.
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When it comes to Irish food, the main adjective we'd use is hearty. A popular comfort food is a boxty, a tasty potato pancake that often accompanies a traditional Irish breakfast. If you'd prefer a slightly lighter breakfast choice, soda bread can be found in most bakeries and cafes, and goes perfectly with a piping hot brew. For an evening meal, warming stews are served all over Ireland and are sure to satisfy even the hungriest explorers. Or if you find yourself in one of the pretty fishing villages on the coast, try the fresh seafood - you won't be disappointed!
What to wash it all down with? When we think of Irish drinks, Guinness is usually the first thing that springs to mind. This deliciously rich stout is the perfect treat after a day adventuring in the countryside. Fancy something stronger? Another tipple that the Irish are famous for is, of course, their whiskey. There's nothing like sitting by the fire in a traditional pub, sipping a local whiskey while a live folk band plays in the background.
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Spanning 6200km, Ireland's coastline is generous in size and beauty. From hidden coves to open expanses of golden sands, you'll have your pick of beach days. No matter if you're travelling with little ones or looking for somewhere a little more rugged, you're sure to find a breathtaking beach on Ireland's coast.
For sheer natural beauty, head to County Mayo's Keem Bay. This Blue Flag beach is accessed by a steep footpath and is often privy to bracing winds, but the views are totally worth it. Stay until sunset and watch the horizon glow a rich orange, glistening over the dark bue waters.
Keen surfers can get their adrenaline fix at Inch Strand, County Kerry. The local surf schools can be booked for lessons, with waves reaching a mega 3 metres high! If you're not feeling a day on the waves, it also makes a great birdwatching spot - but maybe when the crowds have died down.
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Inch Strand beach
From discovering secret beaches and pretty islands to exploring ancient castles and intoxicating nightlife, there's so much to add to your Ireland holiday bucket-list. Pack a good pair of walking boots and get out and about in the national parks, or stay in the cities and learn about Ireland's history at one of the fascinating museums.
Ireland's culture is vibrant and unique and the friendly locals are always keen to celebrate it through their music. Experience traditional folk music at a live music bar or book one of the many music festivals throughout the year.
We've pulled together a jam-packed list of things to do in Ireland for grown ups - give our blog a read! If you're travelling with the little ones, check out the best family holiday activities in Ireland.