Ireland’s awe-inspiring natural landscape, world-famous charm and unique character ensure it remains a popular destination for visitors worldwide. Whether planning a weekend away, a business trip or a longer holiday, with so much to experience you’re guaranteed a memorable trip.
A nation of beauty
Ireland’s landscape is diverse and striking. From the awe-inspiring scenery in County Donegal to the ‘savage beauty’ of Connemara, the dramatic coastline of the Wild Atlantic Way to the picturesque bays of West Cork, Ireland’s natural beauty is world-renowned. Invested with vivid mythology, the folklore around many of Ireland’s natural wonders will captivate adults and children alike.
No trip to Ireland would be complete without a visit to the country’s capital, Dublin. Once there, take a tour of Trinity College Dublin and marvel at the intricate beauty of the Book of Kells – a manuscript written in 800 AD. An important part of the city is its brewing history, so take a tour of the Guinness Brewery or the Old Jameson Distillery.
The National Gallery of Ireland houses over 2,500 paintings, including pieces by Caravaggio, Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet. In the evening, visit one of Dublin’s many theatres or listen to live music in one of Dublin’s many bars. The Temple Bar area is always a popular choice.
For some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery, visit Wicklow and, specifically, Glendalough – known as the ‘Valley of the Two Lakes’. If travelling by car, drive through the Wicklow Gap, linking East and West Wicklow as it winds through the mountains to Glendalough. A trip to the Wicklow Mountain National Park, covering 200km2, offers fabulous views of the landscape.
When exploring Ireland’s spectacular west coast make sure to stop in Limerick, and wander around this famous city and King John’s castle. Then head to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher via Bunratty Castle and Folk Village. Further north, explore the Great Western Greenway – a cyclist’s haven between Westpoint and Achill.
With an array of 5-star luxury hotels in Ireland, you’ll be spoilt for choice. In Dublin, the Fitzwilliam is an award-winning hotel between the attractive St Stephen’s Green area and the busy shopping district around Grafton Street. With three restaurants and bars as well as a gym, you can relax in style. Another popular choice is the Westbury Hotel on Grafton Street. In the heart of the city, near the Gaiety Theatre and Dublin Castle, this is a perfect destination to explore Dublin’s charms. The Dylan is another 5-star hotel near Grafton Street. This trendy boutique hotel is elegantly designed in a modern style with an award-winning cocktail bar. Meanwhile, the Merrion Hotel is the epitome of Georgian elegance. Comprising four restored townhouses in the centre of Dublin, this 5-star hotel is the height of luxury, blending traditional design with modern interiors.