Reasons to visit Ireland in 2016

O-Connell-Street-GPO-Spire-Dublin-Ireland-WaysIncredible landscapes, fascinating history and legendary hospitality. There are many reasons to visit Ireland if you haven’t done so yet! we have a few more to add for 2016:

1- Easter Rising celebrations

In 2016, Ireland marks the centenary of the Easter Rising of 1916, the Easter Rebellion that changed the country. Events commemorating this important episode in the history of Ireland are planned throughout the country. Dublin has also been receiving many accolades lately and has made Lonely Planet’s list of top cities to visit in 2016. Ireland’s capital city is always buzzing and lively; the Easter Rising celebrations will make it a city not to miss in your 2016 travels.

Our travel suggestion: hike The Wicklow Way into Dublin city and spend a few days in the capital learning about the events of 1916 and visiting important sites such as the GPO (General Post Office) and Kilmainham Gaol.

2- The Wild Atlantic Way on foot

Cliffs-of-moher-burren-way-ireland-waysA trip to Ireland wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the magnificent West. If you haven’t heard of the Wild Atlantic Way, it is a phenomenal marked route that takes in the spectacular beauty of the West coast of Ireland, weaving in and out of rugged peninsulas, hidden coves and towns as it follows the mighty Atlantic Ocean. You can explore the Wild Atlantic Way on a road trip, by bike but also hike some of the best trails in the region, as picked by the IrelandWays.com team.

Our travel suggestion: walk the Wild Atlantic Way best trails such as the Beara Way; or cycle the Wild Atlantic Way, one stage at the time! for absolute beginners we recommend the Great Western Greenway.

3- Ancient East

And if the West of Ireland has some of the most breath taking coastal landscapes, Ireland’s Ancient East is packed with thousands of years of history; from the monastic site of Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains to magical Newgrange.

glendalough-wicklow-way-walking-ireland-waysOur travel suggestion: walk The Wicklow Way or follow the meandering River Barrow walking The Barrow Way from Athy to Graiguenamanagh and St Mullins in County Kilkenny.

4- Star struck

Ireland’s unique scenery and landscapes have attracted film crews from all over the world for many years. A range of great movies have been filmed here: from classics such as Ryan’s Daugher and The Quiet Man to 80’s blockbuster The Princess Bride and romcoms such as Leap Year.

More recently, fans will recognise some of the locations of the TV hit series Game of Thrones along the Causeway Coast Way in Northern Ireland. And some of the scenes from the latest movie of the Star Wars saga were filmed in Skellig Michael, off the coast of Kerry.

Our travel suggestion: walk the Causeway Coast Way to spot some of the Game of Thrones filming locations and walk the Kerry Way taking a rest day to visit the Skellig Islands.

5- Festivals for all

From St Patrick’s Day on 17th March, the festival season gets truly under way up and down the country. From the Connemara pony show in Clifden to the Galway Oyster Festival, Bloomsday in Dublin or Matchmaking in Lisdoonvarna… folk music, walking, food, arts… whatever you are into, there is a festival for you in Ireland!

For more information about cycling and walking tours in Ireland, or to book your trip, contact the IrelandWays.com specialists

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