Ireland: The Emerald Isle

The ruggedly beautiful landscape of rolling green hills and valleys naturally lends Ireland its nickname as the Emerald Isle.

In addition to its natural beauty, the people of Ireland are friendly and welcoming. This post highlights a few of the many attractions and sights that make Ireland such a great vacation destination.


Dublin is the most densely populated city in Ireland, over one quarter of Ireland’s total population live in this region.

Visit the lively Temple Bar district which features many pubs, shops, and restaurants. While you are there, take in some live traditional Irish music performed every day of the week at The Temple Bar.

Formerly a prison and now a museum, Kilmainham Gaol is known for the many leaders of Irish revolutions, from the late 1700s to early 1900s, that were detained and executed here.

Dublin Castle was originally a medieval fortress, built in the 13th century on the site of an earlier Viking settlement. A fire destroyed most of the original castle in 1684. It was then rebuilt as the structure that stands today. Sections of the original medieval castle and moat, as well as some of the original Viking defences, can be seen during your visit.

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral – the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, is said to have passed through Dublin in the 5th century and used a well near the vicinity of where the Cathedral now stands to baptize new converts to Christianity. Irish author Jonathan Swift is buried here as well.

If you love Guinness’ famously unique dark stout, you must add a tour of Guinness Storehouse brewery to your itinerary.