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Republic of Ireland


A Land of Spectacular Scenery and home of Storytellers

The republic of Ireland is a destination like no other in the world, and will undoubtedly leave you feeling totally in love with all its charms. Nowhere are the locals more proud or willing to welcome visitors to their homeland. Known as Europe’s largest green space, there is such a diverse landscape with mountains and lakes, picturesque villages and crumbling castles. Dublin is the capital city and whilst it may be small in size it has certainly gained an international reputation for its beating heart and authentic vibrant nature.

The Republic of Ireland lends itself to exploration, discovery and adventure through a multitude of self drive touring possibilities. The Wild Atlantic Way is a spectacular, untamed and majestic coastal touring route crossing nine counties. On the other side, The Ancient East gives visitors the chance to immerse themselves into mysteries and folklore and travel through time on a wide variety of routes and multi-centre stays.

A holiday to Ireland combines a picture perfect setting with a long history and abundant culture; and you are guaranteed a genuine and warm welcome from the locals wherever you go. Add to this that there always seems to be a festival or celebration happening there is no better time to visit than 2020!

The Ancient East – Folklore, forts and friendly faces

You will probably have heard the catchphrase that everyone in Ireland has a story to tell and nowhere is this truer than in the Ancient East of Ireland; with tales of legends and tragedies, invasions and rebellions, and of river monsters and heroes. The majestic river Shannon which, flows through 11 counties, is entrenched in myth and is often at the heart of many a fable. Hear tales of river Gods and queens; such as Queen Maeve and her death at the hands of a single slingshot fired from one mile away and the drowning of Sionann who gave this river her name.

The East of Ireland has 6000 years of recorded history, from the Vikings to the Normans to the Georgians. The landscape is equally as rich with mountains and woodlands and the green rolling hills which have become synonymous with this fantastic country. There are many cities and towns which make this part of Ireland a truly exciting touring destination, we recommend you make the most of your visit and stay in a couple of different places.

Dublin
Dublin is a literary haven, fully deserving of its accolade of UNESCO City of Literature. Walk in the footsteps of James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and William Yeats and marvel at the must see exhibition of the Book of Kells, currently on display at the Old Library at Trinity College. Dublin appeals to all the senses, from the riverside setting to the leafy green parks to the delectable smell of Guinness permeating the streets and the very essence of the city from the famous Guinness Storehouse. Experiences here are authentic; stop by at the Brazenhead Pub for some candlelit storytelling over dinner, and then join in the craic in the infamous Temple Bar.

Waterford City
Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city and is perhaps most famous for the world renowned Waterford Crystal, which has been lovingly made since 1783. No other city tells the history of Ireland as well as Waterford. Explore the Viking Triangle; Reginald’s Tower and the 10th century fortifications or marvel at the Georgian architecture. Many festivals take place throughout the year, such as the Spraoi International Street Arts Festival in August when the town is filled with street arts and spectacle performers. There are also many other music, arts, food and even horse riding festivals taking place throughout the year.

Cork
Cork is best explored on foot and feels more like a town than a city. On the banks of the River Lee, Cork is a proud city, bustling with coffee shops, museums and pubs and is known for its artisan food markets and craft beers. Discover the history of the Titanic in the Old White Star Line offices, explore Elizabeth Castle and brave a visit to Cork City Gaol. From here take a day trip to the seaside town of Cobh and Blarney Castle.

Kilkenny
Often referred to as the ‘Marble City’ Kilkenny is a medieval city with Kilkenny Castle at it’s South and St Canice’s Cathedral to the North. Stroll down the “Medieval Mile”, one of the greatest concentrations of medieval architecture in the world. Kilkenny is another extremely walkable city, best to be explored on foot. There is also a vibrant night life and Kilkenny was recognised as Ireland’s Foodie Destination of the Year 2018.

Wicklow
Wicklow is at the heart of Irelands Ancient East; it is extremely scenic and offers visitors a feeling of real remoteness. Nature lovers, archaeologists and historians and those seeking the great outdoors will love exploring Wicklow National Park, home to the Wicklow Mountains, the monastic settlement of Glendalough (meaning Valley of the two lakes) and deep woodlands

The Wild Atlantic Way (Western Ireland) – Raw rugged beauty

The untamed terrain of the west is magnificently beautiful. Here you can find fjords, glacial lakes, mountains, nature reserves and a multitude of offshore islands, most of which are accessible by ferry. Clew Bay alone reportedly has some 365 islets and islands, one for every day of the year!

The Wild Atlantic Way spans nearly the whole western coast line of Ireland. It is the world’s longest coastal touring route measuring 2500km from Inishowen, Donegal to Kinsale, West Cork. In the West it is all about the Atlantic; there are blue flag beaches, Blueway snorkel trails and perfect surf. The Wild West is also home to some of the highest cliffs in Europe.

This part of Ireland is also a real bird watchers paradise with over 450 species on record. Little Skellig, off the coast of County Kerry, is home to the second largest colony of Gannets in the world. Dingle, also in County Kerry is home to one of Ireland’s marine celebrities: Fungie the dolphin. After first making an appearance in 1983 he has become a well loved inhabitant, and even has a statue in his honour. Grey seals, dolphins and otters can also be found along this coastline.

This is a truly mystical part of Ireland that will leave you feeling rejuvenated, captivated and in awe of the sheer power of Mother Nature.

Donegal
Donegal is a real “off the beaten track” destination and has been the location of many films such as Star Wars: Episode VIII. Many of parts of Donegal are Gaeltacht – or Irish speaking regions, making it the perfect place to go to immerse yourself in Irish culture.

Galway
Once ruled by 14 merchant families in the 13th century Galway is known as the “City of Tribes”. Undoubtedly bohemian and with a strong pub culture, this city attracts many artists, musicians and in 2020 will become the European Capital of Culture. Yet Galway still retains it medieval charm, remnants of its past include the medieval city walls and the 16th Century Spanish Arch. St Nicholas Church is also where Christopher Columbus is said to have worshipped in 1477. There are also many summer festivals to coincide your visit with, such as the Galway Arts Festival, Galway Oyster Festival and Galway Film Fleadh. In fact, Galway has been accredited as a UNESCO city of film.

Westport
Voted the ‘Best place to live’ in 2012 by the Irish Times, Westport is a truly bustling and vibrant town where everything is on your doorstep. Westport is perfect for families with plenty of blue flag beaches, and a Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House. Right at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way, County Mayo has many majestic landmarks dotted along its coastline including Croagh Patrick (considered to be the holiest mountain in Ireland), Clew Bay, Achilles cliffs, Stags of Broadhaven and the sea stack Dun Briste.

Limerick
“There once was….” The link between this form of poetry and the Irish city of Limerick is somewhat unknown, and perhaps a little dubious, but Limerick is without doubt worth visiting. The city has a rich history and heritage, being almost 1,100 years old and having transitioned from Viking settlement to medieval walled town, to Georgian town to the modern metropolis we see today.

Killarney
Killarney has become a world class fishing and golfing destination and is a very popular stop on the infamous Ring of Kerry. Situated on the north eastern shore of Lough Leane, Killarney borders the Killarney National Park. This stunning national park is home to MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland, as well as Muckross House and Gardens. The area is peppered with cathedrals, abbeys and castles and is central to local conservation and research.

Location

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How to get there

By Plane – There are numerous regional direct flight options into the Republic of Ireland’s main airports of Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Knock. See below for some of the main routes on offer with various airlines:

  • Flying into Dublin from Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Inverness, Jersey, Liverpool, London (Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Stansted and Southend), Manchester, Newcastle, Newquay and Southampton.
  • Flying into Cork from Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London (Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton and Stansted), Manchester and Newquay
  • Flying into Shannon from Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, London (Gatwick and Heathrow) and Manchester
  • Flying into Knock from Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London  (Gatwick, Luton and Stansted) and Manchester

By Ferry – Stenaline operate sailings between Holyhead to Dublin and Fishguard to Rosslare. P&O Ferries also operate a route from Liverpool to Dublin. You can travel as a foot passenger or with a car – call us for more details

Top tips

  • Renting a car is well worth it to beat the crowds and do things at your own pace
  • Get a Heritage Card and get free admission to all fee-paying state owned heritage sites
  • Ask a local – if in doubt about where to go and what to see next, ask a local, who will know the most up to date must-do’s and will greet you as a friend
  • Don’t be afraid to visit out of season, in December Dublin has fantastic Christmas markets to give you that festive feeling or check out Waterford’s ‘Winterval’. The snowy peaks of Croagh Patrick in County Mayo are simply stunning.
  • Ireland can look small on a map, but packs a punch. Don’t try and fit too many cities or attractions into one trip, allow yourself time to give each place the attention it deserves

When To Go


Festivals run throughout the year so if there is something in specific you would like to see/do then please ask us

November – March – Rural island tends to close down at this time of year but the larger cities will still have a buzz. St Patrick’s Day is of course on the 17th March so expect crowds and book early to avoid disappointment.

March – May – Spring flowers bloom and the beautiful parks and green spaces wake up from their winter slumber. This is a great time for walkers and those wanting to explore the great outdoors in a mild temperature.

June – September – This is the warmest time of year here, and where the landscape is at its most vibrant

September – November – As Autumn comes to Ireland some of the key attractions of the summer including the Skellig Islands close to the public or become impossible to reach due to the change in weather. But this is still a fantastic time to visit with less crowds and plenty of festivals on the calendar.

Properties


Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham

Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham

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DUBLIN – Located in the heart of Dublin, the Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham is a historic building on the famous O’Connell Street and has become one of Dublin’s most...

The Ashling Hotel

The Ashling Hotel

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DUBLIN – The Ashling Hotel offers 4-star luxury in a prime city centre location overlooking the Guiness Brewery and situated beside Phoenix Park.

The Alex Hotel

The Alex Hotel

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DUBLIN – The Alex Hotel is an old favourite with a brand new look in the heart of Georgian Dublin with a superb restaurant and a range of facilities.

The Mont

The Mont

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DUBLIN – The Mont is a buzzing hub of activity in the very heart of Dublin City. Great facilities and stylish rooms make this a popular choice.

Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel

Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel

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KILKENNY – Kilkenny Ormonde is Kilkenny’s only city centre hotel with a swimming pool and spa within walking distance of many top landmarks and attractions.

Jurys Inn Cork

Jurys Inn Cork

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CORK – The Jurys Inn Cork is ideally located alongside the River Lee in the beautiful coastal city of Cork, just a short walk away from Merchant’s Quay and St...

Talbot Hotel

Talbot Hotel

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WEXFORD – The Talbot Hotel is part of the Talbot Collection and is ideally located in the heart of Wexford Town, overlooking the River Slaney.

Dooley’s Hotel

Dooley’s Hotel

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WATERFORD – Dooley’s Hotel is a charming hotel and is third generation family run and is centrally located on the historic Merchants Quayside, overlooking the River Suir

Shandon Hotel and Spa

Shandon Hotel and Spa

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DONEGAL – The Shandon Hotel and Spa, opened in  2016, sits on the Wild Atlantic Way and is wonderfully scenic with a unique location.

Maldron Limerick

Maldron Limerick

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LIMERICK – The Maldron Limerick has a fantastic location, just off the newly opened Southern ring road and only 5 minutes drive from the city centre.

The Wyatt Hotel

The Wyatt Hotel

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LIMERICK – The Maldron Limerick has a fantastic location, just off the newly opened Southern ring road and only 5 minutes drive from the city centre.

The Lodge at Ashford Castle

The Lodge at Ashford Castle

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CONG – The Lodge at Ashford Castle sits within the magnificent 350 acre estate of Ashford Castle, this property overlooks the magical Lough Corribin in Co. Mayo.

The Ardilaun Hotel

The Ardilaun Hotel

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GALWAY – The Ardilaun is a former country mansion and is nestled in Galway’s suburbs in a secluded setting in leafy Taylor’s Hill just 1km from Galway City and Galway...

Jurys Inn Galway

Jurys Inn Galway

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GALWAY – The Jurys Inn Galway is centrally located on Quay Street and is just perfect for a city break. The hotel is at the heart of the historic city...

Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa

Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa

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KILLARNEY – The Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa is a spectacular resort on the doorstep of the Wild Atlantic Way, ideal for those wanting to explore and adventure by day...

Riverside Hotel

Riverside Hotel

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KILLARNEY – The Riverside Hotel is adjacent to the Flesk River, this boutique style hotel is the perfect base for exploring all of County Kerry’s spectacular scenery and attractions.