Cathedrals, loughs and castles on an ancient yet spirited land

So diverse in its offerings, Ireland is a highly evocative place that will keep you entranced with its irrefutable charm. From the merry and jovial cities of Dublin, Galway and Cork, to the overwhelming serenity found in the expanse of its peaceful landscapes, there is not a corner of this country that can be overlooked.

You’ll find yourself humbled and awe-struck by the depths of history, which can be traced from the dawn of civilization at Bru na Boinne, to the medieval era at the beautiful castles punctuating the land. Visitors can also reach into the the not-so-distant past, namely The Troubles in Belfast, and discover the colourful murals that have reclaimed the area as one of peace and community.

The vivid green connecting landscapes offer the perfect place for calming contemplation, keeping you grounded as you travel between such mind-blowing sites. Yet these lush pastures offer more than mere passage. Glenveagh, Killarney and the Wicklow Mountains are just three of Ireland’s six captivating national parks, and their loughs, waterfalls, rolling hills and wildlife are ideal for those seeking adventure in the great outdoors.

This is a country filled to the brim with beauty, and Ireland’s coast is no different. In the Republic, the mountainous hiker’s paradise of Slieve League offers panoramic views of the rugged northern coast, while the Ring of Kerry rewards explorers with a multitude of breathtaking viewpoints in the south west. Yet the most renowned coastal treasure (and deservingly so) is the mythical volcanic creation, Giant’s Causeway, in Northern Ireland.

Home to the ‘black stuff’ and famous for its whiskey, there are a multitude of distilleries and breweries to visit, such as the Guinness Storehouse in the heart of Dublin or the Jameson Distillery in County Cork. Foodies can celebrate over in Galway Bay, where you can gorge on the country’s famous oysters.

Live traditional Irish music can be heard in each of the big cities, so be sure to sing your heart out with the locals at Temple bar in Dublin, to start your trip as you intend to go on, or to end it with a harmonic bang.

Where to go

Need to Know

  • is the local time
  • Euro is the local currency
  • Dublin is the capital city
  • Colcannon is Ireland's national dish

When to Go

With some careful planning, Ireland can be a charming destination at any time of the year. The best months to visit are April to early June, when the landscape erupts into a vivid emerald green as the weather becomes warmer. July and August are good times to visit too, but this is the height of the summer season and the country can become congested. September and October rival spring as the best time to visit; the weather is still warm but there are fewer crowds than in summer. If you're looking to cozy up by a fire in country house hotel, or nurse a pint while chatting to locals in a pub, then the winter months of November to February can be a great time to travel.

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