We often forget how spectacular our little island is. From the rugged landscapes along the Wild Atlantic Way to the rich history and culture in towns and cities around the country, it packs a punch. Make a break for it this year and explore everything Ireland has to offer.
Did you know...?
The Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined coastal route in the world.
Ireland’s oldest pub, dating back to 900AD, is in Westmeath.
Hook Lighthouse in Wexford is one of the oldest lighthouses in the world.
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Vibrant Irish Cities
Outside of the capital, Ireland is home to fantastic cities filled with culture, history and plenty of things to do and see! Whether you want to have a city break or experience all the county has to offer, these cities won’t leave you bored.
Galway: The City of Tribes is currently the European City for Culture. With a diverse arts scene and a lively atmosphere, Galway city is always buzzing. Stroll along Salthill’s promenade, listen to buskers on Shop Street or watch the sunset over Galway Bay. Outside the city, drives through the dramatic Connemara valleys make for a breathtaking day trip.
Cork: The Rebel City is filled with charm from its famous English Market to its narrow streets and iconic Shandon Bells at the Church of St. Anne. You can see a show at the Everyman theatre, delve into the world of dairy at the Butter Museum or venture outside the city to Fota Island.
Kilkenny: Kilkenny is not only home to a stunning castle but is the home of Irish arts and crafts such as the Kilkenny Design Centre and Nicholas Mosse pottery. This charming city has endless things to do from immersing yourself in Irish history, exploring the growing foodie scene or learning all about the favourite pastime in Kilkenny, hurling.
Limerick: Founded by the Vikings, Limerick, our 3rd largest city, has become a bustling, university city. Limerick city has plenty to offer with its medieval castle, impressive Georgian buildings, the famous Thomond Park and the fantastic artisan goods-filled Milk Market.
Scenic Coastal Escapes
Our coastal counties have plenty to offer from remarkable drives and delightful towns fresh seafood, local produce and oodles of culture. From Malin Head to Mizen Head, these are some of our favourite counties to explore...
Donegal: Donegal is an underrated gem with spectacular national parks, picturesque drives, unspoilt beaches and a guaranteed céad míle fáilte. You can practice your cúpla focal in Gweedore, try fresh seafood in Killybegs and go Ireland’s most northerly point at Malin Head.
Clare: Exploring the Wild Atlantic Way doesn’t get much wilder than the county that’s home to the Burren and the striking Cliffs of Moher. Whether you’d prefer coastal walks, catching some trad music or exploring Doolin and Ailwee caves, Clare has something for every age.
Kerry: The Kingdom is the perfect place to hit the road and explore the amazing landscapes that make Ireland so unique. From Killarney National Park and the Ring of Kerry to Slea Head Drive, you will be in awe. Or, say hello to Fungi in Dingle, see dinosaur footprints on Valentia Island or the remarkable Jedi refuge that is Skellig Michael.
Mayo: If you want to explore the Irish coast, Mayo has the longest coastline and the largest island, Achill Island. Visit the quaint village of Cong, where A Quiet Man was filmed or stroll through the manicured grounds of Ashford Castle.