They say that home is where the heart is, and I couldn’t be more in love with mine: glorious Ireland. As part of Eurocamp’s dedicated Irish team in Cork I spend my days planning holidays abroad, but I always jump at the chance to shine a light on the brilliant things holidays in Ireland have to offer.
If you’re organising an Irish adventure – or searching for holiday inspiration – here are 3 ways to experience Ireland at its best and most authentic. Enjoy!
Eat: where to find the ultimate local food
Cork holds a very special place in bellies up and down the land, with one of the best food scenes in the country. Whilst you’ll find hundreds of restaurants and cafes lining the city’s streets, the ultimate taste experience lies in our English Market in the heart of Cork.
Open Monday – Saturday, Ireland’s most famous covered market is the best place to try the region’s most famous dish: tripe and drisheen (sheep’s stomach and black pudding). This delicacy is far tastier than its ingredients suggest and you can grab a plate at the Farmgate Café or buy fresh from A O’Reilly & Sons, a specialist trader that sells nothing else!
English Market, Grand Parade, Cork (Mon-Sat, 8 am–6 pm)
Learn: discover essential Irish history
Hop on the train from Cork and travel to the colourful waterside town of Cobh (officially known as Queenstown) for an important taste of Irish history. There are two different, but equally memorable, experiences to try here, should time allow.
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The Queenstown Story at the Heritage Centre is your chance to retrace the steps of over 2 million Irish adults and children who emigrated during the famine that blighted the country during the 1800s. This dramatic exhibition is a great way to learn about the legacy of one of Ireland’s the most important emigration points.
Did you know that Cobh was the last port of call for the Titanic before it departed on its fateful journey across the Atlantic Ocean? The Titanic Experience is located in the original White Star Line ticket office in the centre of Cobh and is an unmissable way to learn about the tragic events that followed its departure on Thursday 11th April 1912, including the movements of the final 123 passengers who boarded the ship.
Be wowed: visit our greatest natural wonders
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The magical beauty of Ireland’s landscape can match anywhere in the world – you’ll know exactly what I mean once you’ve seen two of our greatest natural wonders.
To the north, be wowed by the Giant’s Causeway: 40,000 interlocking hexagonal basalt columns sliding into the North Atlantic sea. The results of a volcanic eruption, this awesome site was also the first place in Ireland to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. Visit just before sunset to see the rocks turn a stunning golden colour.
To the west, the Cliffs of Moher stand over 200 metres above the roaring sea. This is Ireland’s most visited natural attraction and stretches along 8 km of Atlantic coastline. Climb to O’Brien’s Tower for the best views out on County Clare and beyond.
There you have my recommendations for ways to get the ultimate Irish experience on your next holiday! Have you got anymore you’d like to add? Tell us in the comments below or over Facebook.