An island where warm hospitality meets wild romantic landscapes and vibrant events contrast with the peace of the countryside. Dynamic cities write the history of the future while ancient sites tell tales of old. From the ruggedly beautiful west coast along which the Wild Atlantic Way wends its windswept route, to the castles of the ancient east, Ireland promises an unforgettable experience.
Ireland is home to some of the most photo-worthy sites in the world, with the Cliffs of Moher, Dingle peninsula (where you might get a glimpse of Fungie the Dolphin) and the Ring of Kerry to name but a few of the vistas which grace the pages of travel magazines. In fact, Ireland is an outdoor adventurer’s dream, with hikes and walking routes to suit all abilities, rewarding visitors with breathtaking panoramas. Head for Glenveagh National Park for mountaintop views or fishing, The Burren for moon-like landscapes and geography, and Connemara National Park for countryside and the Twelve Bens mountain range. The Shannon river, too, promises more enjoyable walks and interesting towns and villages.
In the cities of Dublin, Cork and Galway to name but three, you’ll find a range of fascinating attractions, interspersed with ubiquitous Irish bars, restaurants from all corners of the earth and high street shops rubbing shoulders with artisan markets and independent boutiques. Dublin harbours many must-visit attractions, including The Guinness Storehouse, The National Gallery, The Natural History Museum, the cathedrals and Kilmainham Gaol. Meanwhile Galway with its flamboyant arts scene has an upbeat and party tempo which permeates the streets giving a real feel-good vibe.
Besides the incredible landscapes and culture, a mention must be made of Ireland’s delicious cuisine. From soda bread and shellfish to the flavourful Irish stew, there’s much to be enjoyed and many excellent restaurants to choose from. Try a few delicacies such as boxty (a potato pancake), smoked salmon, coddle (a one-pot sausage, bacon and vegetable stew) and barmbrack (a fruity tea loaf).
With so much to do with friends and family on your Irish holiday, you’ll need a comfortable and spacious base to recharge your batteries. Our large holiday cottages in Ireland more than fit the bill, adding the luxury to your unforgettable adventure.