Dublin is a wonderful and vibrant city, but the real beauty lies outside of Dublin. This full day tour to Northern Ireland would get me out to a part of the country I had yet to see, and it also took me across borders – unmanned borders apparently. The tour not only included Belfast, but it took us all the way north to the well known coast line of Northern Ireland to the UNESCO world heritage site of Giants Causeway as well as some other fun stops along the coast. Robbie prepped us on the coach ride to Belfast with the troubled history of Northern Ireland and Belfast in particular. It was really helpful to have this context as we pulled into Belfast for our Black Taxi tour.
One of Ireland’s two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, the Killarney National Park is an undeniable highlight of southern Ireland and whether you’re cruising its lakes or scaling the rugged MacGillycuddys Reeks, the country’s oldest national park is also one of its best destinations for wildlife spotting.
Northern Ireland might be the only part of Ireland still in the UK, but its capital is still undeniably Irish and its vibrant culture makes it one of Western Europe’s most intriguing destinations. To make your trip even more unique, here are 8 things you can only do in Belfast.
The west coast alternative to Dublin, Galway’s small size and laid-back attitude makes it an ideal base for a family getaway and there are plenty of nearby sights to entertain all ages. From exploring a medieval castle to hitting the beach – here are some ideas for fun things to do in Galway with kids.
Perched on the cusp of Ireland’s picturesque Killarney National Park and the gateway to southwest Ireland, Killarney has a magnetic appeal for travelers and many find themselves extending their stay. From scaling Ireland’s highest peak to hiking the famous Gap of Dunloe, here are some of the top things to do in Killarney.
With 3 days of festivities, gigantic street parties and 2 prestigious Oyster Opening championships, you’d be forgiven for wondering if all this is really in honor of the humble mollusk, but oysters are serious business in Ireland and Galway is the self-proclaimed home of the oyster. Held annually in September in celebration of the oyster harvest, the Galway International Oyster Festival holds a special place in the hearts of locals and with a history dating back to 1954, it’s not only Ireland’s oldest food festival but also the world’s longest running oyster festival.