Discover the magic of Ireland
Take a literary tour among elegant Georgian houses in Dublin's Merrion Square; hop on a surfboard
in Wicklow's Brittas Bay; or place a wee bet on the ponies at
the Kildare racetracks in Punchestown or The Curragh. Whatever kind of holiday you
like, there's a place in Ireland that will give you the best time of your life!
Fly to Galway, Cork, Shannon or Dublin or pop the car onto a ferry – Ireland is a
small country and it's easy to get around. There are lots of friendly family B&Bs,
farmhouses and guest rooms throughout the land just waiting to welcome you.
A hundred thousand welcomes
Ireland's catchphrase reflects the friendliness of its people in the provinces
of Munster, Leinster, Connaught and Ulster. Each one possesses hospitable quality
accommodation and wonderful attractions. If city tours are your favourite, then
Dublin, Cork, Galway, Waterford, Sligo
and Limerick delight, plus head north from Dublin and slide over the border to
Belfast and Derry in Northern Ireland. If sea views are what you're after, there
are delightful B&Bs all along the jagged coastline of the island, including in the
stunning heritage town of Westport, County
Mayo; at tranquil Dingle Bay, County Kerry,
and Horseshoe Bay in Baltimore, County Cork.
The wearing of the green
The 'land of saints and scholars' reflects something of the heritage and history
of Ireland, which is inextricably linked with St. Patrick, even though he wasn't a
native. There's a glorious cultural tradition of producing great writers and poets,
musicians, actors and artists, many of who are commemorated in Ireland's libraries,
universities, museums and galleries. Great Irish heroes, heroines and tragedies are
ecounted in countless traditional songs and stories, and Irish pubs up and down the
country, including in Doolin and
Castlemaine, host regular sessions featuring musicians performing fine Celtic songs and tunes.
A Celtic feast
Irish cuisine features hearty traditional meals, such as Irish stew, boxty and
colcannon, as well as plentiful fresh fish and seafood, local pork, lamb and beef.
Take a trip to Fair Trade town Kinsale, County Cork,
for the annual Gourmet Festival devoted to fine cuisine, or sample oysters, salmon
and trout, soda bread and local cheeses in quality restaurants all over the country.
Dive into Dublin's oldest pub, The Brazen Head, for an enchanting candlelit dinner
with a dash of entertaining folklore thrown in – the 'little people' or leprechauns
may be mentioned in passing!