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Vacations to Ireland

Vacations in Ireland are very popular. Ireland is known worldwide for its stunning scenery and breathtaking landscapes. Its people are renowned for their hospitality and sense of humor and there is something for every visitor from five star luxury to budget bed and breakfasts, Ireland is a fantastic vacation choice!

Many people travel to Ireland every year to trace their family history and discover the origins of their family name or clan. Gatherings are held in Ireland on a regular basis for the Irish Diaspora. Many of the descendants of Irish people who were forced to flee their homeland generations ago return to discover their Irish roots and visit the places where their ancestors were born.

Vacations to Ireland - Places to Stay
Ireland has something for every tourist, from the visitor who wants five star luxury to the rambler who wants to enjoy the natural beauty of the countries lakes, mountains, valleys and beaches. Ruins of buildings all over the countryside remind tourists to Ireland of the homes abandoned by the Irish who left their homeland to seek a better life in a new country, many never to return again. Many types of accommodation are available for tourists to Ireland, from the budget bed and breakfast where you can experience life in a real Irish home to a room above one of the many pubs where the tourist can experience authentic Irish 'Craic'! From five star luxury castles complete with golf courses and spas to traditional thatched cottages which can be rented for the weekend. Ireland caters for every tourist!

Vacations to Ireland - List of Haunted Attractions
The following places in Ireland are perfect for the tourist who wants to see a ghost or two on their vacation!

  • Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin (Príosún Chill Mhaighneann) is a former prison now a museum where many of the leaders of rebellions in Ireland were executed. It is said to be haunted by both former inmates and wardens
  • Leap Castle in County Meath has had many reported incidents of haunting since a grizzly murder in what is known as the 'Bloody Chapel'
  • Kytlers Inn, County Kilkenny is one of the oldest inns in Ireland and it is believed that the ghost of Alice de Kyteler is present there. She was accused of Witchcraft and sentenced to burn at the stake, she managed to flee the country never to return in her lifetime!
  • Renvyle House Hotel, Connemara, County Galway was chosen by W.B.Yeats for his honeymoon and during one of his many visits here he experienced the ghostly presences
  • Malahide Castle, County Dublin. It is believed that five different ghosts haunt the grounds of this castle
  • Grace Neill's Pub, County Down. The happy lady who ran this pub is believed to haunt Ireland's Oldest pub. Many unexplained events have been reported and Often the smell of pipe smoke can be detected around the bar despite there being a smoking ban in public places in Ireland. Unusually for a woman, Grace smoked the pipe!
  • Harleville Forest Castle, County Offaly is situated in one of Ireland's ancient primordial oak woods. It has been featured on several TV shows and is often visited by psychics and paranormal investigators
  • Grand Opera House, Belfast. Actors have reported seeing a ghostly figure wearing a long, dark robe roam
  • Ross Castle, County Meath. This castle is visited by the ghost of a young girl called Sabina who is believed to be looking for her drowned lover Orwin

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Vacations to Ireland- Croagh Patrick
Reef Sunday, also known as Garland Sunday is a yearly pilgrimage held in Ireland on the last Saturday in July. Pilgrims climb Croagh Patrick which means Patrick's Mountain (after St Patrick). Croagh Patrick is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland and can be found in County Mayo. Tourists to Ireland who intend to follow this pilgrimage or indeed climb an mountain in Ireland or embark on any mountain walk should be aware of the changeable Irish weather.

Ireland Vacations - Tips for Walkers
Ireland has a wealth of natural beauty and is the ideal location for ramblers and hill walkers of all abilities. Road signs all over the countryside guide walkers to unspoilt walks, a fantastic way to discover the real Ireland. Sensible precautions should be taken when walking in Ireland.

  • Dress appropriately, the weather in Ireland is extremely changeable and you really can experience 'Four seasons in one day'!
  • Ensure you have proper walking boots (Gaelic: broga siuil)
  • Take a proper map with you and a compass
  • You will need a First-Aid Kit
  • Have emergency contact details and a mobile phone but be aware that some remote areas particularly hilly areas may not have phone signal
  • Tell somewhere where you are going and when you are expected to return
  • Ensure you have a supply of food (high energy snacks are ideal) and water
  • Plastic bags are recommended for rubbish but they are also useful to place inside your rucksack for your equipment (rucksacks are not always completely waterproof)

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