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Ireland itself is bursting with beauty. Its rich history, rolling green country side, and deep rooted culture, means there’s something for everyone on the tiny Island. From top to toe you can cross Ireland in under 7 hours – but we recommend you stop and smell the roses.
Explore the ancient medieval castles of Ireland. Only an hour’s drive outside of Dublin, Kilkenny Castle is on the River Nore and surrounded by alleyways and lanes, you could spend an entire day exploring! Further south is Waterford, a famous Viking city for those wanting to delve further into the history of Ireland. If you’re in the southwest of Ireland, take in the rugged landscapes and rural seaside villages around the Ring of Kerry.
Make your way around the country to Cork and wander through the Victorian English Markets and beautiful arthouse streets. Just 15 mins drive from Cork, visit the famous medieval Blarney Castle. Climb to the top and kiss the blarney stone which is said to give the person the gift of the gab! Set in the quaint village of Blarney enjoy a bite to eat at the local coffee shops or tuck into a pint of Guinness and home-made meal at the local pub. There’s also plenty of shops to get your fix of Irish souvenirs.
Head to the water and journey along the Wild Atlantic Way. Here you’ll have the joys of seeing seals, dolphins, humpback whales and some stunning coastal views. We also recommend you visit Killarney National Park and experience the beauty that nature has on offer. You can’t go past the winding Cliffs of Moher, a stunning 8km stretch of coast line that is not to be missed.
To experience the true culture of Ireland, head to the Aran Islands in the west of Ireland. Known for its ancient sites amidst the setting of Celtic churches, the people of Aran all speak the traditional language of Gaelic, so you’re in for an authentic experience!
For artists, festivals and music lovers – Galway is the place to be. Visit the City of Tribes and embrace the cultural vibes. Be transported in County Mayo where the peaceful simplicity of life is perfect for those wanting a digital detox and to step back in time. Visit the edge of the world at Slieve League, home to some of the highest seas cliffs in Europe.
For one of the best coastal road trips of all time, journey along the Causeway Coastal Route for some awe-inspiring panoramas. Follow the footsteps of the giants along County Antrim’s Giant’s Causeway. It is said that this geological landscape was built by warring Giants and has now become a very popular tourist attraction. If you have the privilege of being there at sunset, you’ll see why the Giant’s started a war over the breathtaking view! For Game of Thrones fans, along the Causeway Coast, you will easily be able to recognise the Cushedon Caves, the birth place of the infamous shadow baby. Die-hard fans should also check out Castle Ward – home to the Stark Family and a key location setting.
Experience the peaceful setting of County Meath, where the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Newgrange – a Neolithic passage tomb that dates back over 5000 years. Keep travelling along the coast and before you know it you’ll be back in Dublin!
Further abroad you’ll find Ireland makes for the perfect gateway to Europe. With locations like Spain, Portugal, Morocco & Italy on your doorstep, you won’t even need to take annual leave – just group your days off together and escape for a long weekend.
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