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5 Beautiful Reasons Why You Should Visit Ireland

medieval castle in ireland

One of Europe's most beautiful countries, Ireland is home to magnificent castles, scenic beaches, and cliffs, and of course, Guinness. Ireland attracts millions of tourists every year. In 2016, almost 8.8 million international visitors travelled to Ireland, surpassing all previous records. Most of the tourists were from the United Kingdom, USA, France, and Germany.

Wicklow Mountains Ireland

There are three main airports in Ireland: CorkDublin and Shannon. Recognised for pub culture and friendly people, Dublin serves as the largest airport in Ireland. Aside from Dublin, other popular cities and towns worth seeing include Galway, Killarney, Kilkenny, Dingle, Waterford, Westport, Donegal, Kinsale, Ardara, Clifden, Adare, Dalkey, Athlone and Limerick.

If you are flying to Ireland, it is best to book a car hire through VroomVroomVroom in advance because it saves you time. All you'll have to do is pick up your car keys once you arrive at the designated pick up location and you are on your way to discover the history and beauty of Ireland. With a rental car, everything from the famous Wild Atlantic Way to the Sunny South East is on the agenda. You can stay in control of your trip to make spontaneous stops and discover hidden gems, After all, that's what exploring Ireland is all about.

There is much more to Ireland than Guinness. Here are five reasons why you should consider visiting the Emerald Isle:

Lovely Castles and Historic Ruins

Your exploration of Ireland will not be complete without at least one visit to a castle. From Dublin Castle situated in the heart of the city to other popular castles, such as Bunratty Castle, Malahide Castle, Trim Castle, Blarney Castle, Ross Castle, Parkes Castle, Kilkenny Castle, Donegal Castle and Birr Castle, you will witness remarkable  examples of ancient architecture.

Stunning Beaches

Cliffs on Dingle Peninsula in Ireland

Ireland is also home to some of the wold's most stunning beaches. A short trip in your reliable car hire to any of these great Irish beaches can help you relax, see the sights and have a good time. The list of Irish beaches includes: Inchydoney Beach in Cork; Derrynane, Inch, Rossbeigh and Banna Strand in Kerry; Lahinch beach in Clare, Maghera Beach and caves in Donegal, Curracloe Beach in Wexford, Renvyle Beach in Galway and Portmarnock Beach in Dublin. Every beach-goer will enjoy these serene beaches perfect for walks and great views, as well as water sport activities such as diving, surfing, kayaking & parasailing.

Dee-lish Food and Drinks

Don't leave Ireland without trying their shellfish, Irish stew, colcannon and champ, boxty, boiled bacon and cabbage, Irish salmon and smoked salmon, black and white pudding, coddle, bambrack and soda bread.

Famous for Irish whiskeys and Guinness, some of the popular Irish drinks you need to try include: Bertha's Revenge Gin, Jack Codys, O'Hara's, Tanora, Galway Hooker, Wicklow Way Wines, Smithwick's, Barry's tea, Red Lemonade, Club Rock Shandy, Cidona and Irish coffee.

Friendly People

Ireland is famous for the friendliness of its people. Last year, Dublin was named the third friendliest city by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, behind Charleston in South Carolina and Sydney, Australia. When you land in Ireland, we are pretty sure  that you will have no problem making friends in this charming country.

Music and Arts Festivals

attending music festival in dublin ireland

Music is everywhere in Ireland, from live sessions in the pubs, concerts, festivals, clubs and busking in the streets - whatever style of music you are into, Ireland has it all! Dublin has the biggest scene, being the largest city, with plenty of live music venues and arts festivals to choose from.

Visit Dublin and  join in some of their annual festivals and celebrations including the Dublin Writers Festival, BD Festival, Vantastival, The Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival, Forbidden Fruit, Life Festival, Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Body and Soul, Sea Sessions, Earagail Arts Festival, Galway International Arts Festival, Longitude, Castlepalooza, Bloomsday Festival, Oxegen, Electric Picnic, Dublin Theatre Festival, International Dance Festival, Music in the Park, Temple Bar's Chocolate Festival, Jameson Movies on the Square and Festival of World Countries.

Driving Tips in Ireland

Is it your first time to travel in Ireland? Before you hop in your rental car, it is important to check the driving regulations in Ireland so you wouldn't get in any trouble. Remember to drive on the left - just like in the UK! When driving, don't forget to carry your driving licence, vehicle registration document (V5), and certificate of motor insurance. On June 8, 2015, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has implemented the paperless driving licenses in the UK to streamline services and save money.

Ireland has similar drink driving laws to the UK. It is illegal to drive and use a mobile phone. Seat belts front and rear are obligatory everywhere. Note also that motoring regulations and laws in Northern Ireland are the same as in the mainland of Great Britain. In all countries, a full UK driving licence is required. Many motorways in Ireland are toll roads, while it's worth noting that speed limits on major roads outside built-up areas vary from 60 - 100 km/h - look for signs.

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