Ireland – A Home Away from Home

Ritu Sengupta suggests a short vacation to Ireland is all you need for fond travel memories of a lifetime.

Green Verdant hillside

Ireland has been my dream destination or rather I would say a fantasy land that I wished to visit. A two weeks’ vacation to this pristine European nation was just what the wanderlust in me craved.

County Kerry's Dingle Peninsula is one of the most beautiful regions of Ireland

Ireland is home to shimmering golden beaches, beautiful sheer cliffs, undeniable medieval culture, cheery cities, green verdant hillsides, leprechauns, pots of gold, lucky charms, hearty food and ancient castles. These sights instantly remind you of movies such as P.S I Love You and The Leap Year.
It is surely a paradise for hikers, outdoor and water sport enthusiasts. Also, music seems to run in the blood of the Irish. Being a music lover, one of the things that endeared me to this place is the buzzing music scene that runs through the day and night. Your visit to Irish pubs to enjoy Irish folk music is highly recommended when in Ireland.

The splendid Trinity College Library

My memorable two weeks’ vacation began from the capital city of Ireland, Dublin. We started with exploring the famous Trinity College, discovering the huge and magnificent Trinity College Library that has one of the most impressive collection in Europe. This was followed by seeking solace in Dublin’s famous Temple Bar and savouring my favourite Irish Baileys followed by relishing the scrumptious Irish smoked salmon and smoked trout platter.
The next few days were spent exploring The Guinness brewery and places like Killarney, Dingle, Ballybunion, Cork and Galway in County Kerry. I was awestruck by the unceasing beauty of this country and I say that because I was flabbergasted at how every aspect of the little Irish towns were worthy of a click.

River Liffey in Dublin

Apart from the scenic landscapes, what makes the country actually beautiful are the amazing locals you will meet here. Having stayed with an Irish family I can guarantee that the Irish are some of the friendliest, warmest, and most outgoing people I have ever met. Accommodation is extremely feasible here. I would suggest to try Airbnb, which has shared rooms for as low as 10-16 EUR per night and entire homes averaging about 40-50 EUR a night.
I was also lucky enough to experience a day at the horse races and a special mention to the Irish jockeys I was drooling over. Racing is a sport, and one at which Ireland excels which is also a wonderful social occasion and a very special 'slice of Irish life'.

Horse Race at Galway

Each and every part of the trip is cherished. From the hospitality I was constantly shown, the right weather, the first spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean, the hearty laugh, the banter in the bars and the thick Irish accent I attempted to understand. Actually the country’s small geographical size makes it easy to explore regardless of the length of your trip.

The summer months are considered high season for visitors to enjoy the long sunny evenings, parks in full bloom and make merry in the traditional Irish pubs. I absolutely love this country for the indefinable bond I have with it. It’s a magical land full of wonder, history and great legends and I recommend you must visit it once. 
It’s absolutely phenomenal!!

Quick Travel Tips

Colourful cottages at Cork
  • Try Airbnb, which has shared rooms for as low as 10-16 EUR per night and entire homes averaging about 40-50 EUR a night.
  • The summer months are considered high season for visitors to enjoy the long sunny evenings, parks in full bloom and make merry in the traditional Irish pubs.

Ritu Sengupta is a PR professional from Delhi. A travel enthusiast, she is easily moved by witty conversation, good food and kindness

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