It’s a funny word ‘craic’. It sounds just like crack and rhymes with back – which is just what you’ll want to do once you’ve taken the plunge and made your first visit to Ireland – you’ll want to go back for the craic.
Craic is not that easy to put your finger on.
The dictionary defines ‘craic’ as news, gossip, fun, entertainment and enjoyable conversation and it is absolutely definitive of Irish culture. Craic is a Gaelic word, with no exact English translation, the closest you get is “fun" which is exactly what you’ll have when you visit the land of shamrocks, leprechauns and Guinness.
With stunning scenery, traditional music that will get your toes tapping, ancient monuments, vibrant towns and some of the most amazing festivals on the planet, Ireland has a truckload of experiences on offer.
But in the spirit of St Patrick's Day and because Ireland happens to be a visa-free destination for South Africans - here are some craic things to check out.
The most famous of several prehistoric forts on the Aran Islands of County Galway, Ireland set at the edge of a 100m high cliff.
Galway, a harbour city on Ireland’s west coast
Set around its 18th-century Eyre Square hub, which is a popular meeting spot surrounded by shops, and traditional pubs that often offer live Irish folk music as a cultural highlight.
The Gaelic speaking isle of Inis Mór - think you can speak the language? Check this out:
The mighty Cliffs of Moher
Check out the Cliffs Exhibition, an interpretive centre at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience - housed at the centre of the underground building in a huge domed cave with images, exhibits, displays & experiences that will delight young and old alike.
Face the perils of Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
This tourist attraction, locally pronounced carrick-a-reedy, is a famous rope bridge near Ballintoy in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Spanning 20m and some 30m above the rocks below, it connects the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede.
Go kiss the Blarney stone
The Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of the tower of the Blarney Castle built six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftans, Cormac MacCarthy - you'll never be lost for words again the legend says.
Interested? Check out Shamrocker Adventures:
Ireland is a visa-free destination for South Africans (depending on your flight routing) so this is also a great savings and you can take a further 10% off if you book and pay before 24 March 2016.
So get craic-ing and make plans to visit the Emerald Isle. Shamrocker Adventures has two great 3-day trips that are priced at under R3 500 per person sharing (the Western or Southern Rocker) which include accommodation with breakfast, sightseeing, your fan-fecking-tastic guide and private transport.
If you’d like to spend more time exploring the Irish Craic then opt for the 5-day Celtic Rocker which is priced from R6560 per person sharing or the All Ireland Rocker from R8620 per person sharing (please not however the All Ireland Rocker travels up into Northern Ireland and you will need a visa for this). These trips travel between April and October.
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