The Best and Worst of Ireland: What Visitors Most Liked and Least Enjoyed in 2005

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A survey conducted by, an information website for visitors to Ireland, finds that the best part of a vacation in Ireland is the friendliness of the people, closely followed by the wonderful scenery with good food in third place. Visitors find Ireland an expensive place to visit and driving can be a less than pleasant experience.

Over 1100 people who visited Ireland between 2000 and 2005 were surveyed and asked to specify the places, people, accommodations and other aspects of their trip which they most enjoyed as well as those that did not impress them.

The friendliness of the Irish people heads the list of what visitors most like about Ireland, closely followed by the scenery and countryside. Irish food is a big hit too, coming in a very strong third position, with many respondents expressing surprise at the high standard of meals served in even modest restaurants and pubs.

The lease appealing thing about Ireland is the cost of food and accommodation - many visitors found it to be a very expensive destination. Driving in Ireland presents problems too, with the narrowness of the roads, poor signage and heavy traffic all creating difficulties.

Ireland's notoriously unpredictable weather makes it to the list of favourite things and very few people (less than 1%) mention it as a problem!

Topping the list of the best places to visit in Ireland is the Ring of Kerry, with the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher a close second. The Giant's Causeway is the only place in Northern Ireland to make it to the top ten, coming in at number seven.

Every one of the places least enjoyed by visitors features also in the list of favourite places, and are invariably liked more than they are disliked! Dublin was the least favored place, with many respondents commenting that it was "just like any other big city", but was also at number three on the list of most liked places and was the city most enjoyed by visitors.

Full details of the survey results are available online at

About DoChara:

DoChara, which in English means Your Friend, is a website run independently of any tourism body or interest which aims to provide visitors to Ireland with articles, tips, independent reviews and unbiased advice on what to see -- and what to avoid -- in Ireland.

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