While there are countries all over the world full of wonderful vacation destinations and attractions, many of them can be complicated to visit. Once you are in a foreign country, that is, it can be difficult to get around to all of the different sites and locations you want to visit.
This is why visiting a smaller country like Ireland, which is easier to get around but still full of incredible destinations, can be wonderfully convenient. All you need to do is pack a bag, pick up a rental car, and hit the countryside for a road trip. Even in just a few short days, driving through Ireland can expose you to some of the most beautiful and unique locations in the world. Here are a few destinations you may want to consider when planning such a trip.
Galway– The third largest city in all of Ireland, Galway offers you a wonderful blend of city life and countryside beauty. Though the city itself has a very popular nightlife scene where you can experience legendary Irish drinks and food and a vibrant social scene, the surrounding countryside offers some of Ireland’s most stunning drives. Additionally, Galway can be a great place to spend nights if you want to drive up and down the West Ireland region for a few days, which most who have been there would recommend.
Doolin – If you’re looking for something a bit more remote, Doolin might be a unique destination worth considering. A smaller village, Doolin is now home to beautiful seaside drives, as well as some very popular local music and seafood. A visit to Doolin can be visually stunning, and can also provide you with a taste for some more remote Irish lifestyle, away from cities and more popularly frequented destinations.
Dublin– Though the countryside is where much of the unique beauty and culture of Ireland can be found, you may as well visit Dublin if you have the freedom to drive around the country. Ireland’s most famous city, Dublin can give you a true taste of the Irish city culture that is admired and known throughout the world. Whether you’re there to enjoy the preserved historical buildings, explore the more contemporary parts of the city, or experience the nightlife, Dublin will certainly provide you with a nice visit.
Ultimately, these are only three of a nearly endless number of incredible destinations you can find in Ireland. However, looking at these three examples can provide you with an excellent sample of the kind of variety in culture, location, and experience you can enjoy while touring the Irish country. The ability to drive from one destination to the next and experience this variety provides you with an incredible vacation in Ireland.
About the Author: David Flannigan is a contributor to Aviva. He is an avid hiker and enjoys taking road trips throughout the beautiful UK countryside. He especially loves traveling in Ireland and exploring new foods and ales.