How many have you done?
We asked our Facebook fans to name the top things they'd love to see and do in Ireland and received an outpour of brilliant responses. While we could easily name 100 (and more!) amazing things for you to experience in Ireland, here is a handy top ten list of things that are so iconic and uniquely Irish that you absolutely must not leave Ireland without having experienced them all!
Want to experience authentic Ireland? Let the locals show you the way. Get the insider tips from the friendly host at your cozy B & B in Galway. Learn how to pour the perfect pint from the chatty lad next to you at the pub in Belfast and delight in the craic (good fun) of a true Irish pub session. By the end of the night you'll know where to get the best chips after midnight and where to find some hidden gems the next morning.
Live like a King, act like a princess and bask in the luxury of a castle-stay in Ireland. The majestic castles that dot the Irish countryside are full of tall tales and unbelievable beauty that are sure to take your breath away. Explore the castles by day and sleep in them by night!
Experience the land your ancestors called home. Each county in Ireland has a genealogy center waiting for you to discover your roots and perhaps meet some relative you didn't know you had. Take in the Ulster American Folk Park or Dunbrody Famine Ship and enjoy a vacation of personal discovery.
These dramatic cliffs jutting out into the powerful Atlantic Ocean are a sight that will stay with you forever. Stand as close to the edge as you can get, take a deep breath and let out a Moher Roar to the crashing waves against the beautiful County Clare coastline.
Get to know Finn McCool, a local legend in Northern Ireland who takes credit for building the curious Giant's Causeway. Experience the wonder of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and the other great attractions along Antrim's Causeway Coastal Route including Bushmills Whiskey Distillery and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.
Whether you're sipping your first Guinness at the Storehouse in Dublin, sampling fresh oysters in Galway or eating your way through St. George's Market in Belfast - indulging in Ireland's delicious food is an experience not to be missed. Perfect your skills with a cookery course, attend a lively food festival or just chow down on Irish Stew at a local pub. Your appetite is sure to be satisfied!
Take in the inspirational coastline of County Kerry on this much loved loop of the Iveragh Penisula. Drive past pristine beaches, medieval ruins and beautiful lakes and mountains. Gawk at the ruggest scenery around you and thank your lucky stars for this little piece of heaven on earth!
Music is a vital part of Ireland's culture, steeped in the rich history of 'trad sessions' to the iconic songs of U2 to the new talent playing in local pubs across the country. Festivals are held throughout the year and are a fun way to experience the best of local traditions and upbeat music.
The unforgettable golf courses of Ireland offer some of the most challenging links in the world, each carved in history and offering a spectacular backdrop of coastal cliffs, castles and mountains as you take your swings. So make Ireland your next great golf destination and discover the welcome of the 19th hole!