Ireland

Perched on the northwest tip of Europe, this is the one place in the world where even time getting lost will be worthwhile… With bizarre lunar landscapes, the mighty Atlantic Ocean, labyrinthine caves and crystal clear waterways, Ireland’s diverse landscapes will take your breath away…. From breathtaking scenery and village life to the energetic buzz of the larger cities, the island of Ireland is waiting to be discovered.

The history of the island in Ireland’s dates back to 6000BC! And a lot has happened in between! The Irish culture has taken thousands of years to develop, so cherish every moment of your cultural discovery.

  • Ireland’s 11 urban hubs are perfectly formed –From Belfast, Londonderry, Newry, Lisburn and Armagh to Dublin, Galway, Cork, Kilkenny, Waterford and Limerick, every city in Ireland packs a punch with its own unique cultural flavor.
  • Take to the open roads with an exhilarating drive through Ireland….drive yourself or hire a chauffeur driven… Is there any better way to see a country than at your own, leisurely pace?
  • A perfect place for the literary lot with a real passion for music, dance….and conversation….this wonderful island is packed with events all year round.
  • Soak up the atmosphere of one of Ireland’s most peaceful and relaxing areas, where the pace of life is slow and powerful.

Experience Ireland

NORTHERN IRELAND

With a rich cultural heritage, striking scenery, world-class golf and a sweep of stunning coastline…

  • From ancient castles to elegant country houses, this spectacular part of Ireland is packed with things to do.
  • The two major cities, the capital Belfast and Londonderry City are just waiting to be explored.

Belfast City- With its compact size, picturesque location between mountain and coast and fascinating history, Belfast in Northern Ireland is a defiant city that has emerged from decades of strife into a vibrant, buzzing destination.

  • This beautiful Victorian city has stacks of things to do ¬– you can check out where great ships like the Titanic were built, marvel at the architecturally impressive City Hall and Queen’s University, or immerse yourself in Belfast’s sparkling city life with hip boutiques or shop at Victoria street or while away an hour or two in the charming old pubs.

Beyond Belfast – Visit Giant’s Causeway, Carrick – a – rede Rope Bridge, Dunluice Castle, Cushendall or Glenarif village or Bushmills Whiskey Distillery.

Londonderry – From ancient city walls to vibrant modern living, Londonderry’s got it all – and it’s the UK’s City of Culture 2013! A historic city with a modern outlook, the walled city of Londonderry is one of  Northern Island’s most exciting destinations.

  • It is the only completely walled city in the British Isles and boasts over 1,450 years of history
  • From the award-winning Tower Museum that gives a wonderful insight into the city’s history to the astonishing array of excellent restaurants, lively pubs and great shops to the haunting ancient city walls and scenic views across the River Foyle, Londonderry is a remarkable destination that never ever disappoints!

 

SOUTHERN IRELAND

Discover food as fresh as the air in the picturesque South of Ireland. Famed for its relaxed pace of life and outstanding natural beauty, the South offers endless opportunities ..from exceptional landscapes and mouthwatering gourmet delights… to tee off on a lush coastal links or precious pampering time in a world-renowned spas.

Cork City – Voted by Lonely Planet as one of the best places to travel to in 2010, Cork, is without a doubt one of the hottest city break destinations in Ireland.

  • Delve into this perfectly sized urban hub, and you’ll be rewarded with an astonishing array of excellent restaurants, chic bars and lively pubs, a strong local flavour and seriously good summertime festivals.
  • Visit St. Annes Shandon and Butter Museum, Cork City Goal, English Farmers Market and triskel Art Centre, Custom House, Opera House, Blackrock Castle Observatory.

Beyond Cork – Cobh, Bunratty Castle, Bunratty Folk Museum and BunrattyWoollen Mills, Jamieson Distillery

EASTERN IRELAND

Feast your senses on bewitching scenery, fantastic city life, sensational sporting events and compelling historical sights.

Dublin – This capital city, lies at the heart of a region that enchants the visitor with a selection of fascinating historical monuments, beautiful natural scenery, thrilling sporting events, and unspoiled lakes, rivers and stretches of coastline.

    • Designated a UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin City also boasts hip shops, cool pubs and stacks of history making this a top city break destination.
    • ‘Dublin,’ the travel experts say, ‘is Europe’s friendliest city, with the friendliest locals!
    • Dublin is usually the first port of call for visitors.
    • The city is energetic, youthful city pulsates with a compelling mix of history, culture, hip bars and pubs, elegant architecture, great shopping and some of the country’s most sophisticated restaurants.
    • Cosmopolitan and diverse, Dublin is now one of Europe’s top urban hotspots.
    • See the Viking splash Tour, National History Museum, Dublinia, St. Patricks Cathedral, Guinness Storehouse, Jamieson Distillery, Dublin Castle.
    • Shop at Grafton Street and O’Connel Street.
    • Night out at Temple Bar

Beyond Dublin – the East of Ireland tells a different story.

  • This region is famed for its rich natural charms, ancient sites, top golfing and world-renowned horseracing.
  • But what really defines the East is the unspoiled countryside. With glistening lakes, tranquil rivers, authentic rural life, scenic pastureland, rolling hills and forest parks.
  • Excursions from Dublin – Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains, Newgrange, Powerscourt Gardens, National Stud and Japanese Gardens, Kildare Shopping Village, Malahide Castle
WESTERN IRELAND

The West of Ireland is an enchanting place filled with wonderfully atmospheric towns and villages, long stretches of stunning coastline, soaring sea cliffs, and craggy countryside that boasts a uniquely desolate beauty and a vibrant cultural heritage rich in tradition.

The West gets under your skin like no other place in the world, offering an unparalled experience to all who visit.

Galway City – Galway City is one of the most chilled out spots in Western Europe. Despite being a city, it feels like a big town in County Galway with its easy attitude and cool bohemian vibe.

    • Known as the City of the Tribes, after the 14 affluent tribes who ruled during the middle ages, this thriving city is the most westerly in Ireland and enjoys a strong artistic heritage and a flourishing arts, music, theatre and film scene.
    • Summer in Galway is a never-ending stream of excellent festivals and eating, drinking and entertainment all taking place outdoors in the balmy air of this warm-hearted city.
    • Enjoy the atmospheric pubs in this West of Ireland city
    • The beautiful location at the edge of Galway Bay.
    • The pretty medieval streets and the lively weekend markets with a city break you’ll never forget.

Beyond Galway – to Cliffs of Moher, Connemara Region, Burren Region with a visit to the Burren perfumery, Ailwee Caves and Birds of Prey Centre.