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There are moments on the island of Ireland when it feels like you suddenly get it. Where your spirit feels lifted and your soul feels stirred. It might happen on a deserted Atlantic beach in mid-winter as you walk along buffeted by salty breezes, with the roar of waves in your ears and white-bellied seagulls swooping overhead. It might happen as you stroll an earthy forest trail and discover an abandoned medieval castle filled with crumbling stones and creeping ivy. Or it might happen in the middle of a traditional music session, where you can’t stop your toes from tapping along to the beat. But it will happen.
The island of Ireland has so much to offer any traveller. The island has a rich cultural heritage stretching back thousands of years to the Celts but also includes present-day attractions like filming locations for popular television shows such as HBO’s Game of the Thrones and the must-see Titanic Museum in Belfast. Tours cover the whole island so you can savour a flavour of the many diverse experiences to be had.
The island of Ireland is also a wonderland for those who love to explore and enjoy the great outdoors. Be sure to visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher, the UNESCO World Heritage Site the Giants Causeway, and the many pristine lochs and scenic trails scattered throughout the island.
No matter where you travel on the island, be rest assured that you can do so in a way that helps support local communities and protects the environment. There is sustainable and eco-friendly accommodation all around the island and we can tailor-make your perfect bespoke sustainable trip for you which will enable you to see all the sights while leaving a positive impact.
At some point you will experience Ireland – you’ll feel it. And there’s a good reason why: for a small island on the edge of Europe, the island of Ireland has some truly unique, memory making experiences.
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There’s Ireland’s Ancient East, where thousands of years of history come together in a swirl of Neolithic monuments, Norman castles, abbeys, churches and lavish country houses. The amazing thing about this part of the island is the sheer volume of history contained within it. Just look at Newgrange, an astonishing megalithic monument that dates back over 5,000 years, or the Rock of Cashel – a spectacular archaeological site.
There’s Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, filled with under the-radar attractions from quiet canals to authentic riverside villages. Here you can escape into a world of calm and connect with nature in a part of the island that feels unexplored. Discover amazing nature trails filled with history at Lough Boora Discovery Park, County Offaly; paddleboard along County Leitrim’s canals; or cycle the off-road Old Rail Trail in County Westmeath.
And there’s Northern Ireland, which blends a giant spirit with legends, landscapes, and literature. It’s hard to know where to start. First stop? It’s got to be the Causeway Coastal Route. This staggeringly beautiful road weaves and winds along the edge of the north Antrim coastline and serves up pulse racing delights such as Dunluce Castle and the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Add to that the friendly, feelgood cities of Dublin and Belfast. Dublin welcomes every visitor with a smile and a story or two. This amazing Viking city on the River Liffey has inspired artists of every calling. Belfast maybe famous for building the Titanic, but right now, Belfast is all about the music. In November 2021, UNESCO granted Belfast a City of Music status in recognition of its rich musical heritage.
The raw rugged beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way will wow you with epic moments and warm you with its friendly spirit. One of the longest coastal driving routes in the world, it boasts 1,500 miles/2,500km of raw beauty, traditional culture, cosy pubs, and unforgettable experiences. Stand on the iconic Mizen Head footbridge in County Cork and you’ll witness a spectacle of jagged rocks lashed by waves, explore island life on the Aran islands in County Galway.
But above all, what makes a trip to the island of Ireland unique is the people you meet along the way. When you get here, you’ll realise why the island is famous for Céad Míle Fáilte (100,000 welcomes) – it’s woven into the fabric of our culture, from the chat at the bar in pubs to the hellos you’ll get on walking trails around the island. Whether you’re reuniting with family, forging new friendships or just enjoying the “craic” with affable strangers, you’ll suddenly realise that Ireland is a place that feels like home.
Feeling inspired? See the beautiful island of Ireland for yourself. Speak to one of our Travel Experts today to curate your dream trip!