“When Irish eyes are smiling,” goes the old song and yours will too when you feast them on the Emerald Isle. Whether you head to the cities, countryside, coast or the island’s hinterland, Ireland will overwhelm your senses with a Gaelic welcome.
The capital city Dublin is steeped in history, yet pulsates with modernity. Whether you want to see the 9th century Book of Kells at Trinity College, visit Phoenix Park or enjoy the craic in one of Temple Bar lively venues, the city has plenty to keep you entertained.
From Donegal to Cork, County Clare to County Wicklow, Ireland is spoilt with rolling mountains, picture postcard villages, scenic lakes and rivers, lush green valleys and plummeting cliffs. All contribute to the intricate tapestry of the country’s impressive landscape.
Among its highlights is the Ring of Kerry tracing the coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula, the Limerick garden trail – taking in six of the most colourful gardens in the region – and Waterford’s peerless Comeragh Mountains, a fantastic location for cycling, climbing and hiking.
Across the perfect green of the Emerald Isle, villages dot the pleasant countryside, amid rolling hillsides where streams rush by. There’s also castles, mansions and gardens to explore.
A more relaxed option is to rejuvenate in one of the many quality spas and wellness centres across the country. But wherever you go be sure to take in traditional Irish pub culture, where as long as two people gather in song, a party will surely follow.