From the world-renowned Titanic Maritime Festival to Ireland’s largest community festival, the capital of Northern Ireland definitely knows how to throw a party and whenever you visit, there’s sure to be something going off in the city. To give you some ideas, here are 8 of Belfast’s top festivals and events.
The gateway to west Ireland and a melting pot of Irish culture, Galway makes a lively alternative to Dublin and whether you’re on a strict budget or just spent your last euros down the pub (you are in Ireland, after all), the city also makes a top choice for cash-strapped travelers. From soaking up the scenery to exploring the city’s museums, here are some ideas for free and cheap things to do in Galway.
From the world renowned graffiti artists of New York to the evocative paintings adorning the ruins of the Berlin Wall, street art has long offered an insight into a city’s historic and cultural heritage and few cities take their street art as seriously as Belfast. A tradition that gained popularity back in the 1970s, more than 2000 murals are estimated to have been painted in Northern Ireland since then, with the highest concentration found in Belfast and Derry and many taking on a political slant during the years of ‘The Troubles’ – the notorious clash of Nationalists and Loyalists that culminated in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
From troops of Irish dancers parading through the city to intimate live music nights featuring everything from Scottish pipers to internationally renowned folk singers; the Galway Sessions Festival is one of Ireland’s most unique events. Whether you’re looking to rediscover your Irish heritage or experience local culture at its most authentic, the week-long festival is the ideal way to celebrate the music and folk traditions that originated on Irish soil, and with a busy schedule of over 100 events, there’s plenty to see and do.
Killarney may be a small town in itself, but it boasts a plethora of activities to cater to any visitor. I’ve narrowed down my top five experiences to give visitors a list of outdoor activities in Killarney that definitely should not be missed.
Known for its rugged countryside, soaring coastal cliffs and unique natural attractions, Ireland is a top choice for hikers and ramblers, with hundreds of marked trails crisscrossing the countryside. From choosing your route to packing your bags, here’s your complete guide to hiking in Ireland.