1. Ireland is a relatively safe destination
No matter where we travelled, in busy cities, quaint towns or out in the countryside, we always felt safe, never threatened.
2. Everyone speaks English – with a lovely accent!
3. Outstanding food
Throughout our journey we were treated to delicious cuisine; famous full Irish breakfasts and sumptuous dinners; simple, home-cooked, tasty. Irish chefs make delicious tummy-warming soups and soup served with bread is a very popular and filling lunch dish.
4. Pub culture
Pubs can be found in every nook and cranny on every street in every town. They are a big part of Irish culture; it’s where one goes to meet friends and neighbours and spend time chatting about the news of the day, enjoying the music and sing-a-longs and maybe heading to the tiny dance floor to dance a jig or two!
5. Easy to get around around
The cities and towns are easily walkable. There is no great need to take taxis or buses to get around the main areas of the cities.
6. It doesn’t always rain
It is truly one of the greenest places on earth, but it doesn’t always rain. On previous trips there, we had very little rain and when it did, it was usually at night. Don’t let stories of rain dampen your spirits about visiting the Emerald Isle!
Ireland today is descended from a rich cultural and genealogical mixture of many peoples who came, conquered and integrated, giving rise to the phrase 'More Irish than the Irish themselves.' Fascinating details of hard times, famine, wars and how the country fares today.
8. Delicious Beer
There’s plenty of opportunity to sample Ireland’s many famous beers and lots of not-so-famous ones. Try a Guinness Draft or a Beamish Stout for starters and go from there.
9. Legendary hospitality
The Irish people everywhere were friendly, helpful, hospitable and simply a joy. Their down-to-earth style and eager-to-please attitude make you feel welcome everywhere.
10. Stunning scenery
From the Giants Causeway to the Cliffs of Moher, to the quaint town of Adare, and charming Killarney, to stunning castles and green fields, charming towns and historic architecture and so much more, this truly is a destination not to be missed!
Lovely woolens, cashmere throws, linen, lace, tweed, Beleek pottery, crystal, Irish whiskey….something for everyone!
12. Knowledgeable and friendly guides
I can’t speak for them all, but Craig Travel’s guide, Willie Cusker, is the best in the business; friendly, caring, very knowledgeable and truly enjoys hosting guests. You’ll want to go back!