12 Reasons to Visit Ireland


We asked our Craig Travellers to list their top reasons why others should visit Ireland, and while this is by no means an exhaustive list, these 12 examples are an excellent introduction to the virtues of visiting the Emerald Isles.

1. Ireland is a safe destination
No matter where we travelled, in busy cities, quaint towns or out in the countryside, we always felt safe.

2. Everyone speaks English – and with a lovely accent!

3. History
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’. The rich history is filled with fascinating details of hard times, famine, wars and how the country came to fare today.

4. Outstanding food
Throughout our Craig Travel journey we were treated to delicious cuisine – famous full Irish breakfasts and sumptuous dinners, all were simple, home-cooked and tasty. Irish chefs make delicious tummy-warming soups which are often served with bread and make for a very filling and popular lunch.

5. Easy to get 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. Pub culture

Pubs are found in every nook and cranny of Ireland, and there is one on nearly every street in every town. Pubs are where one goes to meet friends and neighbours and spend time chatting about the news of the day, enjoying the music and sing-alongs and maybe heading to the tiny dance floor to dance a jig or two!

7. It doesn’t always rain
It is truly one of the greenest places on earth, but it doesn’t always rain. On some 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!

8. Legendary hospitality
Everywhere on the island, the Irish people are friendly, helpful, hospitable and simply a joy. Their down-to-earth style and eager-to-please attitude makes you feel welcome everywhere.

9. 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.

10. Shopping
Lovely woolens, cashmere throws, linen, lace, tweed, Belleek pottery, crystal, Irish whiskey… there’s something for everyone!

11. Stunning scenery
From the Giant’s 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 that will blow your mind!

12. Knowledgeable and friendly guides
We can’t speak for them all, but Craig Travel’s guide, Brendan, is the best in the business: friendly, caring, very knowledgeable and truly enjoys hosting guests. You’ll want to go back and experience Ireland again in his company!

Join Craig Travel on one of their next adventures to Ireland! Contact a Craig Travel Specialist for full details and to book. 1-800-387-8890 or email Craig Travel. Take advantage of our St. Patrick’s Day savings of $200pp* when you book by March 31st!

*New bookings only made between March 1-31, 2020. Not combinable with any other offer or promotion including Early Booking Savings. Conditions apply. View Craig Travel’s Ireland departures for departure details.