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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Spring equinox at Loughcrew: waking up to Ireland’s secret rock art

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