Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

Ireland travel informationIf Ireland is on your holiday itinerary, the articles below should help you decide exactly what you'd like to see and do in this amazing country.

 

 

If there’s one country that is perfect for a driving holiday it is Ireland. With an abundance of spectacular scenery and a number of designated scenic routes, like the Wild Atlantic Way and the Ring of Kerry, Ireland is an easy and unforgettable destination to explore by car.

Fans of Irish literature will not want to miss Yeats2015, a year-long celebration marking 150 years since the birth of one of Ireland’s greatest literary figures, the ‘Wild Atlantic Poet’, WB Yeats. Events will take place in 2015 to celebrate and commemorate the life, works, influence and achievements of Yeats who was a Nobel Prize winner and is regarded as an Irish national treasure.

Stunning scenery, friendly locals happy to share the craic, delicious food and wine and cosmopolitan cities are no doubt just some of the reasons that Lonely Planet has named Ireland as one of the best countries in the world to visit in 2015.

Even if you only have the slightest interest in design, you should make 2015 the year you visit Ireland.  This year has been designated as the year of Irish Design (ID2015) in Ireland with numerous festivals and events set to showcase the vast array of Ireland’s designers. ID2015 will celebrate Irish design in just about every form - from fashion and architecture to graphic design, landscape and food - with events across the island, ensuring there's something to interest everyone and making this year the ideal time to visit Ireland.

Brace yourself for breathtaking scenery, cultural delights and truly captivating cities. Create your own unique journey around the wonderful wilds of Ireland with a trip of a lifetime you’ll never forget. Take to the open road with an exhilarating drive through Ireland. Is there any better way to see a country than at your own, leisurely pace?

St-PatricksCathedral-150How could part of such a small country have so much to offer? Crowning our country at the very top is the unrivalled Northern Ireland. A previously undiscovered holiday location for many, when you scratch the surface you will instantly begin to see why Northern Ireland is becoming more popular and accordingly wonder why you have never explored such a gem before.
It is a region that has it all- from quaint, unassuming rural towns and country-side to cities bustling with activity.

Kilkenny-Castle-150The south coast of Ireland is home to some of the most captivating sights that our country has to offer. From Kerry to Cork to Kilkenny and beyond you will find that there is something to capture anyone’s attention along the south coast.

Dolmen-150Ireland’s west coast is an area bursting with some of the finest architectural splendour created by nature. With wild and rugged landscapes, rambling old stone walls, the highest cliffs in Europe, Award-winning golf courses and beaches dominate the seabed as well as megalithic tombs and monuments one can easily fall in love with the charm of the West coast.

 

Whether you want to opt for long rambling walks over rugged terrain, laze around on a scenic beach, sample some of the finest seafood, pub atmosphere and traditional music that Ireland has to offer or explore an ancient site, the spectacular Co. Donegal in Ireland’s North West corner is hard to beat.

 

When on the east coast of IrelanJames-Joyce-statue-150d make sure to explore the endless lakes, mountains, forests and walking trails that Offaly, Laois, Monaghan and Westmeath have to offer. Then, delve into rich and deep seeded history in Meath and Wicklow before soaking up the incredible uniquely Irish ambience in Ireland’s capital of Dublin.

 

Wicklow, fondly referred to as ‘the Garden of Ireland’, is the perfect place to start when discovering the grandeur of the East coast of Ireland. Wake up slowly and take it easy by discovering the picturesque gardens that surround Powerscourt house where you can tackle one of many walking trails along the lakes or opt for adventure when on the fantastic award-winning Wild Wicklow Tour.