Prestigious American business magazine Forbes has named Ireland among the world’s top once-in-a-lifetime ‘bucket list’ destinations.
We can think of many reasons why visitors from around the world would want to make the trip to the Emerald Isle – it could be the island’s magical scenery, its unique culture, or its friendly people.
So, it comes as no surprise that prestigious American business magazine Forbes saw fit to name Ireland among the world’s top ‘bucket list’ destinations that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.
A must-visit destination – a place like no other
One of the main reasons why author Larry Olmsted chose Ireland as one of the world’s top ‘bucket list’ destinations is due to the fact that around 80 million people worldwide have Irish roots (pretty impressive for such a small island), and he believes that everyone should visit the home of their ancestors.
However, even if you can’t find any Irish connections in your family history, Olmsted lists several other reasons why Ireland should be next on your travel bucket list.
For example, he points out that it’s easily accessible, has great food and drink, is full of marvellous castles and ancient history, and boasts some of the most majestic scenery in the world.
“And of course,” Olmsted writes, “it is so famous for its warm welcome that ‘Irish hospitality’ has become an expression instantly understood around the globe”.
Make the most of the great outdoors – a haven for those with an adventurous spirit
Alongside everything mentioned above, Ireland is also a top destination for golfers as it is home to some of the world’s best golf courses, so don’t forget to pack your clubs if you fancy checking out the green.
However, if golf isn’t your thing, Ireland has plenty of other top spots to explore. Hikers can make the most of the country’s fantastic mountains and landscapes, and music fans can delve deep into the country’s music scene, which features everything from traditional to modern.
Plus, Ireland boasts a wide range of accommodation options from luxury city-centre hotels to countryside B&B’s, historic castles to glamping that will fit within many a price range, so you’ll never be stuck for a place to rest your head.
A renowned destination – boasting rave reviews
The writers at Forbes are not the only ones to recognise everything that the Emerald Isle has to offer.
Anne Scully, President of luxury travel agency McCabe World Travel, agrees that Ireland is one of the world’s top bucket list destinations.
“I want to go again as some of my favourite memories are of my family and over 40 cousins that live there. To many American visitors, it is their ancestral home, and the need to walk the land of their ancestors is so important to them.”
As well as its importance as a birthplace to many people around the world, Ms Scully also highlights the abundance of attractions that make Ireland an unmissable destination including the iconic Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way, and the mythical Giant’s Causeway on the island’s north coast.
But wherever you choose to go, Ms Scully states, “one of the best things for visitors to do is to stop into an Irish pub, the best meeting places to enjoy, and have a chat with the locals.
“There will be great food, some great Guinness or Harp, and top it off with some great Irish whiskey.
“All of Ireland is a land to experience slowly, enjoying and savouring the joy of its people, the great food of their land and sea, and the hospitality of their lodgings.”
However, Ms Scully states that Ireland could, in fact, be disqualified from the list of once-in-a-lifetime bucket list destinations because she says, “One trip is never enough – Ireland is always calling you back for more”.