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Travel Pick: Top 5 Unique Things Ireland is Famous For

There is no doubt why Ireland is popular for a lot of things: striking landscapes and fierce coasts, a culture of music and dance, enchanting legends. The historic land has it all. Although Ireland is a small nation, it truly performs beyond its abilities. The island of Ireland has a population ranging from approximately 5-6 million people yet it’s one of the most famous countries in the world. 

Here are several highlights that Ireland is known for that will make you love this lovely country.   

1. Hundreds of Castles  

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Did you know that there are 345 castles in Ireland all around the country? This is because Irish history is characterized by minor lords competing for regional dominance. In order to win, a lord is required to have a castle to protect his territory and use as a base to grab territory from fellow lords. Moreover, any aspiring self-respecting lord needed to have a castle if anyone were to deal with him seriously. 

Today, plenty of castles are now in ruins but some are in remarkable condition having been renovated and converted into tourist attractions and hotels. If it’s always been your dream to sleep in a real medieval castle, this might be your best opportunity. 

One of the best castles that you should visit is the Dublin Castle, located in the centre of town. This impressive structure is the spot of many important events in Ireland’s turbulent history. Furthermore, most castles in Ireland have beautiful and extensive gardens on the grounds of the castle. 

2. Guinness (The Black Stuff)

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Irish is famous for pubs, Local Libations, and delicious food. Their food is such an innovative culinary delight that awaits the visitors to Ireland. However, Ireland has a vast collection of home-grown spirits that have achieved name throughout the world. First and foremost among them is Guinness, Ireland’s strong beer. Started in 1759, the brand’s popularity is still going strong. 

If you’re a beer fanatic, then a visit to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin should be in your bucket list if you’re in town. Irish whiskeys have been happily getting a revival in popularity for plenty of years. Many of the most popular brands that are worth giving a shot are Jameson Bushmills, Paddy, and Glendalough. You can give them all a sample while revelling in the vibrant Irish pub culture. 

3. Musical Culture 

Several Irish things are famous for their music and dance. Irish people consider their musical culture to be taken very seriously. They are taught from an early age, and many school children are sent to dance school to practice Irish dancing, commonly referred to an Irish jig. 

This type of culture was heavily influenced by Irish immigrants to the United States, the Irish jig is credited with having influenced the development of the uniquely American tap dance. Traditional Irish dance is satisfying to watch, the steps increase its velocity and with striking speed while the feet seem not to barely touch the ground. 

It’s truly educational yet entertaining to spend an evening in Ireland as their traditional Irish Folk music is also popular. A great way to see that is to go on a pub crawl. You may try their local drink, listen to folk songs and enjoy a dance exhibition in a traditional Irish pub all wrapped in a neat little package. This will surely help you fall in love with Ireland. 

4. Cheap Property 

In the town of Sligo, it’s one of the cheapest places to buy a property in Ireland with an average asking price for a property of €114,000. If you’re planning to build your own house, then Sligo is the perfect place to do it. You may obtain a house on an acre of land in rural places for the same price as a two-bed semi-detached house in Sligo Town. 

Plus, most of the towns in Ireland are equipped with educational facilities that provide remarkable primarily and secondary schools as well as two third-level colleges. Furthermore, their local clubs cover sports including tennis, golf, water sports, athletics, and more. 

5. Legends 

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For Irish people, they believe that Leprechauns exist and the country is known for them. There are rumours that they are not hard to find, either. They say that you just need to follow the signs to where they live. Other people may claim that they’ve actually seen one, some don’t. 

The country has a rich, ancient and unique culture, so make sure that before you visit, read some fact about Ireland. Ireland’s literary traditions and folklore are full of legends from fairies to leprechauns to fictional characters. 

These are the reasons that would compel you to fall in love with Ireland too. So what do you think? Would you want to visit Ireland? 

Author Bio: Ivandrea Ollero is a lifestyle writer for Ocean Sands, one of the leading seaside hotels in Sligo, Ireland providing remarkable Irish cuisine and breathtaking coastal views. She is also a content crafter who researches and writes custom content about travel, fashion, finance, business, home improvements, health, and beauty in order to provide helpful information and tips for her readers. Ivandrea graduated from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016.