5 reasons to visit Ireland

5 reasons to visit Ireland

Few countries instantly conjure up such a vibrant string of images as Ireland. So if you’ve never been to the Emerald Isle, here are some of the top things to do, that range from taking a bet on the horse races, to sampling the delights of the national drink!

Natural beauty

The green rolling hills of Ireland might occasionally be a little damp due to the influence of the nearby Atlantic Ocean, but getting out and about with a walk on the Wicklow Way is a great way to get to grips with the nation. Particular mention must be made of the weird and wonderful ‘Dark Hedges’ that even formed a backdrop to the Game of Thrones!


And what better way to treat yourself after being in the great outdoors than by settling down with a pint of Guinness. The famous Irish drink even has its own museum at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin that’s been making the rich Irish beer for well over 200 years. And even if you don’t like Guinness, a quick sample of the legendary Jamesons’ Irish whiskey at the Midleton distillery should definitely get you in the mood for a good night out.

Horse racing

Such a drink is perfect for celebrating a winning bet at one of the many legendary Irish racecourses. In particular the Punchestown Festival at the end of April is a massive horse racing occasion, but there are many races this week across the UK and Ireland and Betway’s sports betting site offers a great introduction to the sport with lots of tips and news for horse racing and beyond.

Pretty towns

If you’re looking for a little calm after all of the betting excitement, then retreating to one of Ireland’s coastal towns is a great idea. Even the names of Dingle, Ardara and Clonakilty sound as inviting as they look. But special mention must go to Adare that’s renowned for being Ireland’s prettiest village as it’s packed full of quaint thatched-cottages, and offers the perfect picturesque opportunity for a little Irish hospitality.

Traditional music

The harbour city of Galway offers a good bet for anyone wishing to sample the charms of Irish traditional music with the sounds of the fiddle, tin whistle and Uillean pipes regularly being heard in the bars and pubs. And Dublin’s Temple Bar area is another good spot for anyone wishing to experience a traditional Irish seisiún so that just about anybody can enjoy this massively evocative music.