Five Things to Try in Ireland
1. Drive Down the Wild Atlantic Way
This new touring route takes in the entire western coast of Ireland, incorporating stunning vistas, rugged coastline, charming villages, and castle ruins. The Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined coastal drive in the world. It covers over 1,500 miles with many additional loops and diversions. The route also features hundreds of opportunities to experience Ireland’s heritage.
2. Toast Dublin’s Literary Past
Many literary masters who called Dublin home had a favorite pub where they spent a great deal of downtime. On the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl, participants visit four different pubs where actors perform various pieces by their famed patrons. In short, this tour combines literary history and live entertainment with the classic pub-crawl pursuits.
3. Falconry at Dromoland Castle
Dromoland Castle was the ancestral home of the O’Brien’s– noble descendants of Brian Boru, King of Ireland in the 11th century. Falconry was the sport of choice amongst these medieval nobility, thus their castle Dromoland features a School of Falconry. Today, visitors can still experience falconry at the castle; however, it is just one of the many pursuits offered. There is also clay pigeon shooting, fishing, and horse riding lessons, to name a few.
4. Play Golf on an Irish Links Course
One third of the world’s seaside links courses line the coast of Ireland. Links courses- the world’s oldest style of golf course- developed first in Britain and are notoriously tricky. Topping the list of links courses in Ireland is the Royal Portrush Golf Club. There are about 400 golf courses in Ireland and anyone can play them regardless of handicap or connections.
5. Try Artisanal Food in County Cork
The English Market in Cork’s city center showcases regional Irish ingredients and artisanal foods. It is also a destination for shopping, dining, and people-watching. Here butchers offer traditional black pudding; fishmongers sell wild fish from nearby waters; and artisans produce goat’s cheese, soda bread, chocolate, and much more!