Being both a movie buff and a passionate traveler means a lot of my vacation destinations are based on the locations I see in movies. Watching Harry Potter and Notting Hill made me visit London, England back in 2010. Watching Lord of the Rings made me fall in love with New Zealand, but it wasn’t till 2013 that I got the chance to witness the beautiful Hobbitons set in Waikato, Pelennor Fields, Mount Sunday and Kaitoke Regional Park. Start of year 2014, I started saving up to visit France’s capital after seeing Inception and by the end of that year, I successfully ticked it off my bucket list. It is when I watched Leap Year that my heart started aching to tour Ireland. The movie scenes were shot in the most serene and beautiful locations of Ireland. A few days after watching the movie, I had already begun saving up. When it comes to travel, I do everything I can to make it possible. So I always knew I would eventually get to Ireland. It would happen so soon was what I did not know. Ireland did not disappoint and lived up to its expectations. I am hoping to visit again sometime next year to explore more of it.
Finding cheap Dublin airline tickets and flights online was harder than I expected but I got lucky eventually. The hustle and bustle of Dublin is contagious and to make it even better the city serves some of the best food I have ever tasted. The Irish heritage and culture is truly worth exploring and visiting the country’s capital is a must.
Phoenix Park, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Temple Bar, Dublin Castle, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin writers Museum and National Wax Museum and Dublin are some of the best attractions in the city.
2. County Wicklow
County Wicklow is one of the three locations where Leap year scenes were filmed. The county boasts breathtaking scenery, beaches, Rivers, lakes, parks, castles, mountains and raw natural beauty.
Wicklow Mountains National Park
You get to witness the serenity and beauty of the Wicklow Mountains National park in the movie and honestly speaking the park turned out to be more beautiful in real life. I highly recommend this place to nature lovers.
Also known as the Valley of Two lakes, Glendalough is another major attraction in county Wicklow. It is mostly popular due to the remains left by a settlement in the 6th century. The place will become a lot more interesting if you learn a little about the history surrounding this place before visiting.
4. County Mayo
Located to the west of Ireland, the county Mayo touches the Atlantic Ocean. Without doubt the Aran Islands are the county’s main tourist spot. Many Writers, artists and poets have made this place a subject of their work and one can imagine why only after visiting.
5. County Galway
Also located to the west of the country, County Galway’s history goes as far back as 5000 BC. The climate here is great and the multiple lakes make for great picnic spots.