Ah, Ireland – there's nowhere like it (except, maybe, Northern Ireland). The country might be made famous by Guinness, its most popular alcoholic drink, and one that really does taste better in Ireland than anywhere else, but it's the rugged landscape and picturesque towns that will truly steal your heart.
Start off by exploring the iconic Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland's most-visited natural attraction. Stretching for five miles along the Atlantic Coast, they showcase the country's finest scenery: islands, bays, mountains and more. Continue traveling Ireland's West Coast along the Wild Atlantic Way, for a road trip that traverses Northern Headlands, the Southern Peninsulas, the Bay Coast, the Cliff Coast, the Haven Coast and the Surf Coast. If driving proves a little onerous, then get on board Ireland's new luxury sleeper train instead.
Once you've taken more pictures of beaches and fishing villages than you know what to do with, head to Dublin, the largest city, for well-deserved rest and relaxation. Rich in history and covered in cobbled streets teeming with pubs, cozy cafes and castles, the city is a must. Try to make your trip coincide with March 16 to 19 for St Patrick's Day festivities, but whatever you do, take full advantage of the Irish hospitality, lively atmosphere all over, and insanely fresh seafood and stews. There's a reason the country was just labeled the best destination in Europe at Travel Weekly's Readers Choice Awards.
For more reasons why you should visit, check out these beautiful shots pulled from Insta this year.