Why would I want to visit Ireland? I think there are a lot of answers to that question. The first reason is that whenever I’m in Ireland, I’m happy. The moment the plane touches the tarmac at Dublin Airport I feel this incredible ease and happiness embracing me. Ireland is the place where my mind and my heart are in total sync. When I visited Ireland last year with my sons I was Skyping with my friend and she looked at me and said: “I think you should consider moving there. You always have that little smile on your face whenever you’re there. Then there is of course all this history that pulses everywhere. On those quiet and lonely beaches, on those battered cliffs where the ocean rages, the old cemeteries and churches that breathe hundreds of years. Another reason why I always want to go to Ireland are the people you meet there. I love their friendliness. Their willingness to go out of their way to help you out or to find some common ground while talking over a pint. I remember very well one visit to my favorite village while a golf tournament was happening. I couldn’t care less about golf but every evening when I arrived at the pub someone gave me the results of Bernhard Langer who was competing. And when I think about pints I automatically start to think about music. Music is everywhere in Ireland whether it is the musicians busking on Grafton Street or the professionals you find in the pub. If you’re lucky you get to listen to it in a Pub where there are more Irish people than tourists and you’re in for a real treat. They know how to have the craic with it and it is contagious. You just can’t stop your feet from tapping and before you know it you sing along at the top of your lungs. But a trip to Ireland isn’t complete until you’ve spent some time on the road and discovered the stunningly beautiful countryside. By now I made it a habit to only have a vague idea of where I want to go and let the road take me. I found stunning places this way and it’s something that I wouldn’t consider anywhere else. I always am overwhelmed by the colors all the sun and rain bring out. I love that the places you find range from crowded, bustling cities to lonely mountain tops where you can be alone with your thoughts and find the calmness to recharge and revive yourself. A month ago I visited An GrianÌÁn of Aileach in Donegal. Standing on that mountain, looking down on the counties beneath, feeling the wind raging around me I was speechless. I stood there, looking about and felt all this ancient power of the place. So even when the weather is filthy, I never feel down when I’m there. Ireland makes me happy and that is for me the best reason why I want to visit it as often as possible.
Between its vast, open landscapes, friendly locals, delicious beers, and deep-rooted history, Ireland is in many ways a natural anxiety reliever. Sometimes you just have to get away from things, maybe rent a Ireland cottage and just enjoy the land by yourself. Maybe you want to let the road take you wherever fate has it, in which case you may consider one of our Self-Drive Ireland Vacations! In any case, Ireland is our happy place, we’d love to help make it yours!