Ireland named in the top 25 holiday destinations in the world

With plenty to see and explore, we are not surprised that Ireland has been named in the top 25 holiday destinations in the world.

From miles of rolling countryside to ancient castle ruins, rugged coastal paths to an eclectic and lively pub culture, there is so much to enjoy on holiday in Ireland. Therefore, we are not surprised that Ireland was named in the top 25 holiday destinations in the world.

Online travel booking platform Plum Guide included the Emerald Isle in their ‘Expert Guide to the 25 Best Holiday Destinations’ for 2021, beating popular tourist destinations like Cyprus and The Caribbean.

An Irish holiday – one of the best destinations in the world

Ireland named one of the top 25 holiday destinations in the world.
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Ranking Ireland at number nine in their top 25 holiday destinations in the world, Plum Guide noted that the Emerald Isle welcomed an astounding 11.2 million tourists in 2019 – a number that dropped by roughly 50% in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Singling out some of Ireland’s most scenic attractions, Plum Guide wrote, “If you’re travelling to Ireland, you’re not travelling for a beach (presumably), but rather for the incredible views of Killarney National Park, Giant’s Causeway, and Skellig Michael (Star Wars fans should recognise that one).”

They also highlighted the fascinating history of the Emerald Isle that visitors can learn about at some of the country’s top attractions, such as King John’s Castle and The General Post Office.

Plenty to see and do – hopes for travel in 2021

Joshua Tree National Park took the top spot.
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While Ireland was named in the top 25 holiday destinations in the world by Plum Guide, they also recognised several other countries with plenty to offer tourists looking to make up for the lack of travel over the past year.

Topping their list is the Joshua Tree National Park in California, U.S.A, which offers many scenic trails where visitors can take in the views of the myriad peaks and troughs, check out the stunning wildflowers, or gaze at the magical night sky above.

Coming in at number two is The Cotswolds, the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales, where tourists can get lost in the quaint and scenic countryside.

The luxurious Hamptons eastern Long Island’s South Fork in New York City took third place on the list – but you may need to take out a mortgage to afford a trip to this exclusive and celebrity favourite destination!

Hopes for future travel – after a year of stay at home orders

Ireland named one of the top 25 holiday destinations.
Credit: Tourism Ireland

2020 was a year defined by the grounding of planes and orders from governments worldwide that people should stay at home unless for essential reasons.

For this reason, many people have itchy feet to get back to travelling again, and with Ireland named in the top 25 holiday destinations in the world, it is no surprise that many are considering a post-lockdown holiday to the Emerald Isle.

Whether you’d prefer a city break to the likes of Dublin or Belfast, want something quieter like an Irish countryside escape, or would rather hop in your car and drive the iconic Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland is the perfect holiday destination for every type of traveller.

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