In the heart of Ireland lies a beautiful landscape, punctuated by enchanting villages and criss-crossed by waterways, not least the iconic River Shannon which invites waterside walks, boat trips and exploration of its beguiling towns including Carrick-on-Shannon, Athlone and the pretty villages lining Lough Derg.
Tracing the west coast of Ireland from Donegal to Cork, the Wild Atlantic Way lives up to its name in many respects. Its 1,500-mile stretch encompasses numerous dramatic sights which are staples of the tourist brochures. Ogle the majestic Cliffs of Moher, take in the unparalleled scenery around Mullaghmore, fall in love with the romantic views from the top of the Slieve League Cliffs and experience the enduring charms of its towns and villages which include Dingle, Doolin and Westport to name but a few.
If it’s history and culture you’re after, accompanied by a generous sprinkling of arts, music and colourful events, Dublin, on the far east coast, is the city not to miss. Welcoming pubs invite you in for a pint of Guinness around every corner, while history is served up in the form of St Patrick’s and Christ Church cathedrals, The Book of Kells at Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Gaol and an inspiring collection of free museums which provide hours of entertainment. Combine your visit with a festival and you’ll be in for a treat, not least in March when the city throbs with St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
This emerald isle, home to one of the country’s most well-known exports, Guinness, is also awash with castles and ancient settlements. Some of the most notable are The Rock of Dunamase, Kilkenny, Trim, Blarney and Birr, but we’re just scraping the surface. Wherever you go you’ll find tales of legendary battles, murder, love, crime and tragedy in this mysterious and romantic landscape.
When it comes to finding somewhere to stay, you’ll want somewhere as alluring and welcoming as the island itself. Our large holiday cottages in Ireland are the perfect group accommodation for an unforgettable stay.