Authentic Irish experiences are calling

Want to do as the locals do? You’ve come to the right place! Ireland is known for its friendly people and warm welcome. With so much to see and do, we’ve chosen a few of the top experiences you can enjoy for an authentically Irish adventure. 

In Ireland, we are passionate about home-grown local produce, which means there are some mouth-watering food and drink experiences in store. 

Get to know the secret delis and traditional pubs of bustling Belfast on the Belfast Food Tour. In County Down, test your baking skills at Tracey’s Farmhouse Kitchen. After being welcomed into her thatched cottage, you’ll roll up your sleeves, put on an apron, and start kneading dough for soda and wheaten breads made the traditional way. 

Feeling thirsty? Stop by The Boatyard Distillery in County Fermanagh to tour and tasting where you can meet the team and discover the secret behind its famous Érainn Copper still. 

Animal lover? We’ve got you covered. Head to the “Thoroughbred County” in Ireland’s Ancient East in the springtime and experience the joys of foaling season at the Irish National Stud and Gardens in County Kildare.  

It doesn’t get more authentic than visiting a working sheep farm. Here, you can witness the skill of the border collies at work and observe the bond between a shepherd and his animals. Check out Atlantic Sheepdogs in County Sligo, Irish Working Sheepdogs in County Wicklow, and Glenshane Country Farm in County Tyrone. 

If you want to rub shoulders with the locals in the great outdoors, head to the Forty Foot in Dublin. This south Dublin swimming spot is surrounded by biscuit-colored rocks, and the deep waters offer swimmers a beautiful view of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Dublin Bay. 

One of the best ways to get to know the locals? Visit the island’s charming towns and villages. 

County Mayo’s Georgian town of Westport offers tales of Pirate Queen Grace O’ Malley at Westport House and cycling heaven on the Great Western Greenway. 

Along the Causeway Coastal Route, discover beautiful places like Cushendun – a seaside village of Cornish-style houses amid the Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ballycastle is an enticing blend of revelry and relaxation, with great pubs, restaurants and cafés. Jump on the ferry from Ballycastle to Rathlin Island for a day of amazing walking routes and authentic island charm. 

In County Offaly, Birr town holds tales of science and splendor at Birr Castle – home to lush grounds of flora and fauna and what was once the largest telescope in the world. 

No trip to Ireland is ever complete without the songs, stories and laments of traditional Irish music. Experience some of Ireland’s best tunes at the Doolin Music House around a crackling fire, with the soft murmur of voices in the background and the kettle just about to boil. Or take in the trad music scene of Belfast in the company of musician guides on the Belfast Traditional Music Trail. 

Tell us, who’s ready to experience that famous Ireland hospitality? 

Visit the gorgeous horses at Irish National Stud & Garden sin County Kildare
Visit the gorgeous horses at Irish National Stud & Garden in County Kildare, © Tourism Ireland.

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