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Ireland vs Scotland – There Can BE ONLY One

There is no doubt that Scotland is nice enough, but Ireland is totally awesome! To steal a quote from a Scotish movie – “There can BE ONLY one”

Beautiful Dingle – somewhere you’ll only find in Ireland

Where shall we go on vacation, Ireland or Scotland? Some people might dismiss this as a first world problem, but we think it’s a question that needs serious consideration and good advice to ensure that you make the right decision – and come to Ireland.

So we asked the experts…ourselves, to approach the problem scientifically and analytically, whilst leaving national pride to one side. And these are our earth shattering-conclusions:

Firstly we have to admit that Scotland and Ireland share some great features that make them world class tourist destinations. For example, the friendly Scottish and really, really friendly Irish people, the fascinating history, the Celtic heritage and the beautiful scenery.

The majestic Rock of Cashel – another place you’ll only find in Ireland

And so the bits Ireland win on:

  1. The Food: Delicious, hearty Irish stew versus Scotland ’s deep-fried Mars bars. Enough said on that one…
  2. Beer: While Scottish beer is a worthy by-product of the cattle-feed manufacturing process, nothing compares to the iconic and wonderful Guinness!  And Guinness really does taste a million times better in Ireland, so that that settles it – you need to come to Ireland for a pint of Guinness.  (Although we would have to admit Scottish whiskey is a thorn in the side of our argument, Irish whiskey is storming back onto the world stage with numerous high-quality Whiskeys maturing from dynamic new Irish distilleries).
  3. Mountains: We all like to look at mountains, but we could argue that Scotland has too many, they are too big and they tend to block out the view. On the other hand, Ireland’s mountains could be described as ‘Goldilocks’ – they are not too big and not too small but just right for a scenic and active Irish vacation.
  4. The Music: Much as we loved Scotland’s Bay City Rollers and the Proclaimers, it’s hard to beat U2, Thin Lizzy, The Cranberries, Snow Patrol and the likes. Another clear Irish winner.
  5. Mythical Creatures: Ireland has lucky Leprechauns and pots of gold, Scotland has ferocious Haggis running clockwise around the mountains and scary monsters in their Lochs.
  6. Famous People: We have Daniel Day-Lewis, Liam Neeson, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy and Colin Farrell with their sexy Irish accents, Scotland has Shrek.
  7. Saints: Our Patron Saint (Patrick) was a party animal and is loved around the world. He banished snakes, converted pagans and adopted the Shamrock as the national plant of Ireland. Scotland’s St Andrew is also the patron saint of gout and sore throats, but we don’t think this is necessarily related to Scotland.
  8. Pubs: The Irish Pub, not the Scottish pub, is the international quality standard for bars. If there was a Nobel Prize for the best pub (which we think there should be), then Irish pubs would win every year.

And best of all – Only Ireland has Vagabond and Driftwood tours!

Go off the beaten track with Vagabond Tours this September

Probably one of the best things about Ireland – Vagabond Tours of course 😉

So there you have it, Ireland is the clear winner in our debate over whether to choose Scotland or Ireland for your next trip.

If you would like further information on Ireland and our amazing tours please do not hesitate to contact us on

Editor’s note:  All the foregoing was written by a Scotsman (but the other 80% of his family are Irish, and just like St. Patrick, we are working on his conversion).

The Scotsman himself, who has a fondness for Ireland

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