Though Ireland is politically divided into Northern Ireland (which is part of United Kingdom) and the Rupublic of Ireland, this eye-catching island comes together to sport a breathtaking imagery of striking landscapes that is sure to leave you gasping in awe, cities with unique personalities, glorious heritage and a vibrant cultural legacy to boot. Not surprisingly Ireland is dubbed as the 'land of Saints and Scholars' for it is not only the homeland of Yeats, Joyce and Wilde but is also known for it's education excellence and strongly preserving it's roots and tradition. Whether your are a backpacker or travelling with a group, the Emerald Isle is packed with one natural wonder after the other that are worth exploring.
Kick-off the holiday by heading over to the country's capital Dublin. Ireland's largest city was bestowed with the honor of being the UNESCO City of Literature in 2010. One of the country's most ancient treasure - Trinity College - is one of the most respected education centers in the world. Two notable attractions in this College is the Book of Kells, housed in the awesome Long Room library. Other notable highlights in this metropolis are the Kilmainham Gaol (former prison; now a museum), St. Stephen's Green (fantastic place to enjoy a picnic) and The Little Museum of Dublin (gives you a chance to understand more about this incredible city).Need a gateaway from the hustle-bustle of the metropolis? Take a trip to the Dalkey village and Killiney hill, housed on Dublin's South coast, and enjoy the hiking trails and the spectacular walks. If you're travelling in June, don't forget to attend the Dalkey Book Festival, that has always seen the participation of the giants of the literary world.
Catch a glimpse of the magnificent Cliffs of Moher which are visited by millions of people from all over the planet. Hiking along the walking trail is truly a fantastic experience with the mountainous terrain stretching for 8 kilometers along the atlantic with 214 meters being it's highest point. If Kerry is in the list of destinations to visit, then do head over to the 19th-century Muckross House and Gardens, based in the stunning Killarney National Park and sit by the three lakes, famous for it's natural beauty. Be sure to visit the Powerscourt Estate, housed in Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland. It is a huge country estate, known for it's house and landscaped gardens.
Visit the historic port of Kinsale in County Cork and soak in the Spanish flavor this charming fishing town exudes. One can indulge in activities such as sailing and fishing along with taking in the fabulous scenery and digging into tasty food. Ireland is brimming with one fairy tale castle after the other. Head over to Bunratty Castle - one of the best preserved medieval fortress in the country as well as the Rock of Cashel, a major historical site comprising of several medieval attractions such as the High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, the 12th-century round tower, a 15th-century castle and the 13th-century Gothic cathedral.
When it comes to shopping, try the lively and bustling Grafton Street in Dublin,brimming with chic designer outlets such as Swatch, Swarovski, Ted Baker, Tommy Hilfiger, Disney, Karen Millen, American Apparel and Levi Strauss & Co. The Shop Street in Galway is another fantastic place for shopping with retailers such as booksellers, jewellers etc displaying their wares in this winding pedestrian lane. Head over to the English Market of Cork and look for fresh local produce, different varieties of seafood, artisan breads and superior-quality cheeses.
Irish cuisine is delicious and scrumptious so digging into a few of their local delicacies is an absolute must. Some of the Irish dishes worth gorging are Champ (Mashed potatoes with spring onions) or the famous Irish breakfast (spread of bacon, eggs, sausages and white and/or black pudding, a type of pork sausage and so forth). There are several drinks to choose from the plethora of Irish pubs spruced around the country.
Irreland is brimming with abundant stay options. Millionaires seeking the best luxury hotels and private apartments will find plenty catering to their taste and budget tourists looking for modest and cheap accommodations will have no problem in finding awesome choices as well. The best time to visit Ireland would be during summer, spring and autumn months. Summer months are warm but spring and autumn months are relatively moderate.