Hiking in Ireland

The Irish Way

By Gunn Anita Sæther 8/18/2017 3 minutes

The Irish culture is well known, but nothing is like experiencing it first hand. Dublin should be your starting point and you might as well embark on your journey with a pint of Gat (Guinness) at a traditional Irish pub. There is supposedly a pub for every 100 people in Ireland, so it won´t take you long to find one.

Countless tourists visit Dublin all year as it is home to some popular attractions. The Guinness Storehouse and the Book of Kells are well worth your time.

But most people come to Ireland because of the scenery, so after a couple of days in Dublin you should head out to some of the many other attractions this magical island has to offer.

Because of the fierce weather in Ireland, it can be tempting to rent a car to see the mainland. But on a bicycle or by foot is the recommended way to do it.  

The climate is mostly mild with frequent rainfalls and the vegetation is lush. The landscape is relatively flat, Ireland’s highest mountain Carrauntoohil is 1 038 metres above sea level.

But Ireland has ruined castles gracing hilltops, picturesque lakes packed with salmon, majestic cliffs, bays warmed by the Gulf Stream, sandy beaches with surfers out riding big waves and a wealth of wildlife. All of which are steeped in myths, legends and fairytales.

You´ll find a variety of overnight stays to choose from depending on what type of accommodation you´re looking for. From pubs, inns and lodges to manors and castles. And if you´re worried about making yourself understood, don´t be. Less than 10 % of the population speak Irish outside of the education system. But if you make an effort to read up on a few local phrases beforehand, you might make the Irish a wee bit pleased.

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Gunn Anita Sæther

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