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Ireland

Ireland tailor-made holidays

Introduction

The emerald landscape of Ireland remains the major draw for people travelling here; the timelessness of its rolling hills and the unspoilt wilderness attracts more people to visit annually than actually live on the island.

The capital, Dublin, on the banks of the River Liffey is an historic, vibrant city. Stroll through the streets of Georgian buildings; visit Dublin Castle, Trinity College and sample the national drink in Temple Bar.

Cork, the second largest city, has a long seafaring tradition, which feeds into the region's exceptional reputation as the gourmet heart of Ireland. Blarney Castle, containing the fabled Blarney Stone, said to bestow the gift of the gab on anyone who kisses it, is a short drive from town.

The natural attractions of Beara Peninsula, County Derry and Connemara and Killarney National Park are world-renowned and favourites with walkers and cyclists.

Galway in the west of the country is wild and haunting, with craggy cliffs, empty beaches and access to the remote Aran Islands the main draws. Soaring mountains and pretty lakes provide distraction inland. The huge limestone plateau at Burren in the north west is wind and weather-lashed but retains a stark beauty.

 

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At a glance

Flying time from UK
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Time zone
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Currency
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Travel advice
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Top itineraries in Ireland

Belmond Grand Hibernian

Belmond Grand Hibernian: Taste of Ireland

4-day luxury rail journey from £3,530 pp

Take in the highlights of the Emerald Isle with one of the world's great rail journeys. Throughout, you'll enjoy open-bar indulgences, multi-course gourmet dining and expert-led tours, including a black-cab tour of Belfast and afternoon tea in a grand country manor.

Glanmore Lake, Ring of Beara, Ireland

Best of Ireland - Self Drive

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,155 pp incl. flights

From the history of Dublin and Cork to the rural charm of Ireland’s west coast and castle towns, you’ll stay in luxury hotels and enjoy some truly spectacular drives.

Ring of Kerry, County Kerry Ireland

Best of Ireland – No-fly Self-drive

8-day no-fly self-drive from £1,235 pp

This itinerary showcases Ireland's highlights in a spectacular self-drive that takes you from the lively streets of Dublin to its wild west coast and rolling emerald countryside. Stay in luxury hotels throughout.

Belmond Grand Hibernian in daytime

Belmond Grand Hibernian: Taste of Ireland No-fly

4-day no-fly luxury rail journey from £3,625 pp

This world-class rail journey showcases the delights of the Emerald Isle in style onboard the Belmond Grand Hibernian. Enjoy included tours alongside fine dining and an open bar on this journey of a lifetime.

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Top places to stay in Ireland

Sleeping car from door - Belmond Grand Hibernian

Belmond Grand Hibernian

Luxury train

The first luxury Irish rail experience, the Belmond Grand Hibernian is a sumptuous way to travel through the verdant landscapes that make Ireland such an iconic destination. Enjoy every moment with a scenic observation car, 24-hour steward service and Belmond's signature luxurious touches.

Ballygally Castle

Ballygally Castle, Ballygally, Northern Ireland

Historic hotel

An ancient castle with modern facilities, good food, friendly staff, open fires, sea views and a resident ghost, Ballygally Castle makes a cosy base for exploring the north coast

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Northern Rock

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When Irish Eyes are Smiling

It’s a quiet Sunday in County Cork and I’m being treated to a horse and carriage ride around the grounds of the recently opened Capella Castlemartyr hotel.

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