Like many others, my Irish heritage has always stimulated my interest in visiting Ireland. Exploring the villages where my great-grandparents and those relatives before them grew up and wondering how many are still in the area would be fascinating. This would not be the only reason to travel to Ireland though. While researching family history would be wonderful, the mere thought of travelling to such a beautiful country, chalked full of its own history and a little mystery is equally compelling. While there are some must see locations while in Ireland like The Ring of Kerry, The Aran Islands, The Cliffs of Moher, kissing the Blarney Stone, as well as, the incredible city life of Dublin and the many castles strategically placed throughout the country, I would also like to take in the beautiful countryside and local flavor that is often missed when visiting a new country. Sitting with the locals at the corner Irish pub having a beverage, listening to their stories of their youth and experiences would give me a real sense of what it would be like to live in Ireland. Listening to the beautiful Celtic music of the local musicians and engaging with the crowd as they have a great time celebrating and enjoying life would lift my spirits. Maybe I would even take a crack at dancing a little Irish jig.
I would want to try the restaurants and bakeries that the locals recommend to take in the flavors of the regions. I would shop at the quaint shops to pick up the unique creations of Ireland to bring home to my family. A good camera will be a must, as well as, a good pair of walking shoes and a windbreaker to accomplish all of this! Growing up in the Midwest of the United States, when I think of Ireland, I think about the rolling hills with deep green grass and lush vegetation in the countryside, the rocky cliffs along the shoreline, the clear waters of the lakes and inlets, the rustic buildings and historical castles, and the faster, yet laid back pace of the cities. I would really like to experience how close or how far off I am to this image I have in my mind. The one person I would have loved to share this experience with would have been my Dad. Raised in a 100% Irish family, he would have really loved to visit Ireland and would have fit right in at any of the places we would have visited. I would take a piece of him with me on this trip and do my best to live up to my Irish heritage. While there is no way I would be able to see everything about Ireland in one trip, it would give me an opportunity to take my experience back to my brothers and sisters and encourage them to join me on the next adventure to Ireland. Not sure if Ireland is ready for the full Murphy clan from Iowa to visit, but I will do my best to represent.
With all of the different things to do in Ireland, your tour can be customized to exactly fit your interests of what you would like to experience. We also have many Ireland vacation rentals that are a great choice for those interested in having one standard ‘home point’ while traveling from attraction to attraction. Remember to ask your travel agent what they think would be best based upon your itinerary!