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Exploring the Emerald Isle


With a history steeped in mysticism, Ireland has long been a favourite of tourists across the globe. The legend of Finn MacCool has captivated many a traveller who wanted to walk in a giant’s footsteps. However, these days Ireland is known as much for the buzzing nightlife in cities such as Dublin and Cork as it’s stunning coastlines and landscapes such as the breath-taking Burren.

For those who want to experience the rich history of a country dating back to 6000BC there could be no better starting point than Ireland’s Heritage Capital – County Meath. Dubbed the ‘Royal County’ Meath is perhaps best known for the Brú na Bóinne (Bend of the Boyne) World Heritage site – a renowned Neolithic monument which predates both Stonehenge and the pyramids of Gaza.

And then there’s Giant’s Causeway – home of the aforementioned, mythical Finn MacCool. Legend has it, MacCool – depicted as a mythical giant – built the Causeway as a stepping stone to Scotland. Whether you believe the story or not, it’s still a beautiful area to visit, and one of the most picturesque sights in all of Europe.

However, many younger visitors to Ireland may prefer the idea of exploring the bustling nightlife on offer in some of the bigger cities within the country. Ireland’s two biggest cities of Dublin and Cork are both home to a plethora of pubs and clubs that are sure to keep clubbers from all over Europe entertained on a night out – whether you fancy a pint of Guinness in a traditional Irish pub or you’d prefer to hit the town in style at one of the numerous fashionable hotspots the cities are home to, you’ll be well catered for.

Of course, many visitors will want to take in the sights on offer in these bigger cities, while avoiding the nightlife altogether. It will be of great relief for travellers of that mindset to know that there are plenty of activities on offer within Dublin and Cork that are suitable for the whole family. In particular, Imaginosity – a children’s museum –and Dublin Zoo are popular attractions within the capital city, whereas Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral and Fota Wildlife Park are popular with tourists visiting Cork.

All in all, tourists from a variety of backgrounds can enjoy everything Ireland has to offer. UK residents may be able to take advantage of cheap flights leaving from the British mainland when travelling there, whilst visitors from mainland Europe may be able to enjoy relatively inexpensive travel to Ireland as well. Tourists who have never experienced the Emerald Isle’s charms are truly missing out on some of the most beautiful scenery and captivating attractions in all of Europe.

Fiona Roy writes for a digital marketing agency. This article about exploring Dublin via cheap flights has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.