Travelers Gareth Leonard and Courtney Scott had three parts to their mission. They wanted to hang with locals, hit up the best spots, and check out the way the food scenes are being reinvented in Belfast and Dublin. Little did they know, they’d also spend some time getting a friendly ol’ beatdown on the hurling pitch (all in good fun).
As Gareth points out, Ireland is one of those countries you keep coming back to again and again. And this is due in part to the hospitality. Locals here make you feel like family. Dublin even has a program called The City of a Thousand Welcomes, where meetups with locals help travelers connect with authentic experiences and culture (other world cities, please take note).
It’s also due to accessibility. As Gareth and Courtney found, in Ireland you can easily hit up two major cities and multiple road trips to smaller towns in one trip. From Howth on Dublin’s doorstep to the Giant’s Causeway on a road trip from Belfast, they were able to take in so many sites even on a short itinerary. The bars, cultural sites, and food spots in this video are just a sampling of what you’ll find when you visit Ireland.