How to Choose the Best Celtic Nation for Your Vacation

Dublin Castle, Ireland, Europe

Planning a vacation can be both fun and frustrating. There are many destinations to choose from and many factors to consider. Not only do you need to choose a time and length for your vacation, you also have to identify an itinerary and a destination.

If you’re planning a Celtic vacation then the challenges are abundant. There are six Celtic nations to consider. A Celtic nation is an area where a Celtic language is still spoken. The Celtic nations include Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Wales, Cornwall, and the Isle of Man. If you have limited time and need to choose just one area to focus on, the following questions and tips will help you decide.

What Type of Traveler Are You?

When you travel do you prefer to stay in one location and explore the area to its fullest? Or do you prefer to hop in the car and explore as much as the area has to offer? If you prefer to stick to one main area then there you might want to consider visiting Ireland. Both Dublin and Cork County offer enough attractions and interests to keep a visitor busy for weeks. You won’t have to get in the car and drive around the country of Ireland to have a great vacation.

If you prefer to hop in the car and explore, driving from point to point and never staying in one location for more than a day or so, then both Scotland and Ireland have the space and the destinations to keep an excited traveler busy.

Beach Bum or City Dweller?

Many of the Celtic nations are also common seaside destinations. Cornwall and Brittany are hot vacation spots for many Europeans. They have long expanses of scenic coastline and are havens for sunbathers and surfers alike. If you prefer an urban atmosphere then consider Dublin, Ireland or Edinburgh, Scotland. Both areas provide abundant opportunities for shopping, culture, and luxuries. Visitors can also rent a car and travel to more rural or scenic destinations.

Part of Your Trip or the Entire Stay?

If you’re planning on making a visit to a Celtic nation a portion of a longer vacation then consider visiting the Isle of Man, Brittany, or Cornwall. The Isle of Man can be visited by boat as it’s off the coast of England. Cornwall is on the south-western tip of England and Brittany is part of France. All three destinations can easily be included in a larger European trip or tour.

Also consider the time of year that you’ll be traveling. Many of the areas have a moderate climate. However, some like Scotland can be quite cold and wet during the winter season. Many areas of Ireland completely close down during the winter as well. Choose wisely, plan your trip well and enjoy your Celtic vacation.

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