Visiting Ireland can be one of the most magical trips of your life. From cosmopolitan cities like Dublin and Galway to the beautiful landscapes and the rich tapestry of its culture and people, Ireland offers you everything you might need for that holiday of a lifetime or just a, quick break away from it all.
Settled in the North West of Europe it’s the last stop before America and the wild beauty of the Atlantic is something not to be missed at any time of year. With a mild damp climate you should always come prepared for rain, but it is the rare days of beautiful sunshine that can really take your breath away.
Famous for its Céad Míle Fáilte (One Hundred Thousand Welcomes) the natural warmth of the people is palpable. Getting tp Ireland is simple and the country is well served by low cost airlines such as Ryanair and EasyJet as well as Aer Lingus and British Airways. Visitors can fly into Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Knock or Shannon from the UK and most European countries. Tourists can also arrive on direct long haul flights from the US to Dublin, Belfast or Shannon. Alternatively entry is possible from the UK, France and Spain by ferry allowing visitors the freedom of bringing their own car. Stena Line and Irish Ferries service Dublin, Rosslare and Cork with regular journeys.
Getting around is hassle free and you can travel by rail, bus, internal flights or just hire a car. There are many tour operators and car hire companies. With the new network of roads it is possible to drive from East to West is as little as 2.5 hours.
Do browse through the site to see what is available in terms of accommodation. There is a huge selection of Hostels, Hotels, Self Catering Cottages, Castles and B&Bs spread throughout the country. The choice is endless and you should take some time to choose what suits your budget. Once you know where you are going to stay, follow our map guide to get there and then you can have a look to see what events, restaurants and night life are in that area.
If you have come to see the sights then make sure that you plan your trip to allow you to take in as much as possible. There really is a lot to see from the moonscapes of the Burren in County Clare to The Giants Causeway in County Antrim. You might choose to drive the Ring of Kerry or take in the bars and pub life of Dublin City. You can drive through mystical Connemara or witness the Winter Solstice illuminate the 5000 year old tomb in Newgrange.
Where ever you stay or whatever you plan to do Ireland is a destination not to be missed. Remember to drive on the left and that Ireland is a member of the Euro, unless you are travelling to Northern Ireland in which case bring some sterling. And while you are here keep a keen eye out for leprechauns!
O'Connell Monument. A O'Loughl...
A Wicklow evening
Ballymoney, Co Wexford
Bunratty Folk Park
The changing colours of Glenda...
Vartry Lake (Wicklow)
"Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life" - Jack Kerouac