With its emerald-green landscapes, friendly locals and pints of the black stuff, Ireland more than lives up to its fabled image abroad. Yet beyond the blarney is an island packed with an eclectic range of attractions from stately homes and luxury spa retreats to windswept surfing beaches and music festivals. Whether you’re following in the footsteps of James Joyce by sipping Irish coffee in Dublin or more interested in eating your weight in seafood at Galway’s Oyster Festival, use our map of Ireland below to start planning your trip.

There’s more to Ireland than pints and pubs – although that might be a good place to start. From walking in the mountains, lakes and beaches of Connemara to listening to often loud, often raucous and always fun traditional Irish music, Ireland has a varied natural and cultural landscape to experience.

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Exploring Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

Exploring Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way does what it says on the tin. Think dramatic sea cliffs, crashing waves and windswept beaches, all joined up by road over a whopping 2500k…

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There is something about a road trip that creates an endless state of heightened excitement. It comes with a heart-in-mouth, funfair-like thrill. And no matter …

21 May 2018 • Mike MacEacheran insert_drive_file Article
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