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A warm welcome awaits you on the Emerald Isle, where romantic landscapes filled with geological gems will sweep you off your feet

Find yourself laughing with the locals in a thatch-roofed tavern in County Cork, hit the shopping streets and sights on a day-trip to Dublin, taking in the famous Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol, or marvel at the epic vistas of the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim. Many people go their whole lives without making the short hop across the Irish Sea to experience the charms of this charismatic island. But seeing that we are such close neighbours, we think it's only polite that we pop by and share a 'craic' and a Guinness or two… and all the better if accompanied by a traditional Irish ditty, or even a River Dance – slainte!

Things to do

For a real insight into the history, myths and legends of Ireland, join one of our escorted holidays and visit the diverse cities of Cork, Limerick and Dublin. Overlook Kinsale Harbour from your hotel, nose around Bantry House, visit Bunratty Castle or explore the Bay of Galway. Spend time getting to know the characterful town of Ennis in County Clare, visit the craggy Cliffs of Moher or wander the lonely hilltops of Wicklow Mountain National Park. You could also cruise the Irish coast, join a special interest tour of UK castles or just stop off to kiss the Blarney Stone en route to Iceland or Canada via cruise ship.

Southern Ireland

Encompassing the majority of the island, the south is home to many stunning national parks, as well as a whole host of towns and villages packed full of characters (many of whom you’re likely to meet at the local pub). The wild and rugged Ring of Kerry offers dramatic scenery, as does Connemara in County Galway and the mountains and lakes of Donegal.

Northern Ireland

No less beautiful than the South, Northern Ireland's countryside is unspoilt and dramatic, from its coastline around the Giant's Causeway to the Glens of Antrim and the Mourne Mountains. For city sights you can't beat the grand buildings and buzzing nightlife of Belfast and for excellent museums head to Derry.