It’s hard to believe but 2019 is almost upon us and the travel experts have been busy finding the best places to explore! Magazines and websites are full of predictions of what the most exciting 2019 travel trends will be, and where else but Ireland would you go to try them out?
Carbon consciousness is set to be a key trend in 2019, and nowhere in the world is greener than Ireland. With our stunning landscapes and incredible vistas, the best way to see Ireland is by taking the scenic route. Ditch the car and head to the Great Western Greenway
cycle route in County Mayo just off the Wild Atlantic Way
. Here you can take in the breathtaking views of the coast, and explore the historic town of Westport
Another big trend for 2019 is micro-trips, and there’s no better place than an island that can be travelled from top to bottom in eight hours! Even if you’re only here for a weekend, Ireland is easy to travel around by car or by public transport, so there’s no need to worry about missing out on anything.
You can fit all sorts of activities into a small space of time. Spend the weekend in Belfast exploring the thriving food scene and the vibrant city
, or take your time and wander along the Bay Coast
and while the day away on golden sands and blue waters.
Food will be on everyone’s minds come 2019, as people want to experience food that is authentic and unique to that destination. Ireland is known for its innovative and creative twists on local classics. Try an Irish stew in Jacob’s Well
in County Wicklow, or head to The Wild Honey Inn
in County Clare, which is making the most out of the local produce that surrounds the area. You’ll be sure to leave with a full stomach and a smile on your face!
People also want to discover their roots and trace back their family tree. If you’re one of the lucky 70 million people to have Irish ancestry, it’s never been easier to find out about your family history when visiting Ireland.
Pop into EPIC
, the Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin, which tells the fascinating, and sometimes heartbreaking stories, of those who left Ireland to build new lives abroad. It’s a great place to witness Ireland’s history and to start your adventure finding your family with one of their expert genealogists.
Where else would our community members visit in Ireland to follow the travel trends of 2019?