Holidays in Ireland 2016

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Stay Local With Holidays in Ireland

Forget bustling airports and leave your passport at home - whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat, culture-filled city break or a spot of adventure in the heart of the countryside, you’ll find plenty to explore on your holidays in Ireland.

We live in one of the most scenic countries in the world as well as one of the most diverse, so holidays in Ireland are the ideal choice if you’re looking for something a little closer to home. With a picturesque landscape and captivating culture, you’ll discover a wealth of adventure in our vibrant land. From the bright lights and big heart of Dublin to the striking natural beauty of Galway, you’ll find something to suit you. Cliff walks and coastal trails are ideal for family breaks, while the fairytale-esque charm of some of Ireland’s most spectacular historical sites is sure to bring out the romantic in you.

Stunning Escapes

Weekend breaks in Ireland are great for a change of scenery, and you’ll find a myriad of hotels to stay in on your trip. A welcoming B&B in Cork will leave you with plenty of space to discover its bustling city centre as well as its stunning countryside. Head into town to sample the county’s renowned gourmet food, before settling into a pub for a quick pint amid the sound of local musicians.

If you’re looking for laid-back charm, nothing beats the unspoilt landscape of Donegal. Sweeping hills, sparkling lakes and glorious beaches create a stunning backdrop for holidays in Ireland, whether you’re interested in spotting wildlife or taking an idyllic stroll down country lanes.

From the Bay to the Bar

The diverse nature of this country caters for every type of holidaymaker. Striking landscapes are well placed for those who like to hike or bike, while glimmering lakes are the ideal spot for water sports on your weekend breaks in Ireland. Donegal is famed for its surfing opportunities, with the beach at Rossnowlagh a favourite among those who like to ride the waves. If shimmying into a wet-suit isn’t your thing, head to the Adventure Centre for a range of adrenaline-soaring activities - from abseiling to cliff jumping.

If you’d rather experience the more traditional side of Ireland, a visit to Kerry is well worth it. With snow-capped summits and medieval ruins that wouldn’t look out of place in a fantasy film, you’ll find a certain old-fashioned beauty in this vast land. Touch down in Killarney to begin with - you’ll be embraced with fair hospitality and good hearty meals. Take a boat across its vast lakes to the dolphin-inhabited waters of Dingle - home to one of the country’s highest concentration of ancient sites. Head west to watch the sunset sweep over the beautiful Blasket Islands or don your walking boots for an exhilarating climb up Mount Brandon - worth it if only for the spectacular sights from the top, so take your camera.

Of course, for the ultimate holidays in Ireland, a visit to Dublin is sure to tick every box. With its combination of Georgian elegance and unapologetic hedonism, there is plenty of fun to be found in the capital city - whether you’re here to immerse yourself in its rich literary history, to take in a gig at the O2 or to simply enjoy its renowned nightlife. Skip the tourist traps and head to Grafton Street for a spot of shopping before a laid-back afternoon on St Stephen’s Green. While the lure of Temple Bar is strong, the real challenge is in the famous Baggot Mile - sink a pint in each of Baggot Street’s twelve traditional pubs, and you’re sure to feel right at home.

Ireland City Breaks

Top Cities

Dublin is Ireland's exciting capital, a vibrant city filled with arts and culture. Galway is a beautiful city in western Ireland that is steeped in history. Cork is Ireland's second city situated on the River Lee in the beautiful Cork Harbour. Sligo is a city in the north west of Ireland, among beautiful rolling hills and coastline.


Walking tours are a fantastic way to explore and discover an Irish city, there a plenty of guided tours that can show tourists the key sights of cities as well as some of the secret spots. There are a number of beautiful botanical gardens scattered all over the country in the major cities; they are a calm haven away from the bustle and excitement of the city. Pub tours are a fun way to take in some of the city's sights, visit some local pubs and sample the local beers and hospitality.


The Guinness Storehouse, aka the Guinness Brewery, is one of Dublin's top attractions, tours of the brewery run regularly as well as tasting sessions of Ireland's favourite tipple. Dublin Zoo is another of the city's top tourist attractions home to a number of endangered animals. Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery is a huge collection of Stone Age tombs found in County Sligo.


There are plenty of clubs in Irish cities playing everything from techno to disco into the morning. There are plenty of bars in Ireland’s cities whether you want to sip cocktails or enjoy cheap drinks deals. A trip to Ireland is incomplete without a visit to a local pub to sample a pint of Guinness. Traditional Irish music can be found all over the country and is an absolute must.

Ireland Couples Holidays


There are a number of spas and hotels with excellent spa facilities all over the country. Why not relax with a hot stone massage or a seaweed wrap and let the stress of modern life melt away? Wherever you are in Ireland you will be sure to find a great place for a romantic stroll, walking in Ireland is a delight, take your time and enjoy the sights along the way.


The countryside surroundings of Ireland are some of the most spectacular in Europe with beautiful green pastures, rugged coastline and imposing mountains, the Emerald Isle is a beautiful country to explore and discover. Ireland has a rich culture, check out some of the traditional folk music at a local venue or visit Dublin, the home of Oscar Wilde and James Joyce to discover the cultural legacy of the city and its inhabitants.


Ireland has some excellent restaurants serving spectacular dishes whether local dishes of international classics. Traditional Irish music can be found all over the country and is an absolute must. A trip to Ireland is incomplete without a visit to a local pub to sample a pint of Guinness and the lively atmosphere.


If you are looking for a lovely hotel in which to send a romantic holiday then there are plenty on offer from those with spectacular views of rolling countryside to those that sit in the heart of Dublin, whatever you are after you will be sure to find the perfect hotel.

Ireland Family Holidays


There is no shortage of shopping opportunities in Ireland, in the larger cities there are plenty of high street and designer shops.

Horse riding is an excellent and exhilarating way to experience the beautiful Irish countryside. Walking is extremely popular in Ireland due to the awe inspiring scenery of lush rolling fields, rugged mountains and exhilarating beaches.


Ireland is home to a number of beautiful regions that are protected in National Parks all of which are open to the public. Zoos are a popular Irish tourist attraction and the most popular is Dublin Zoo home to hundreds of rare and fascinating animals. Ireland has a number of aquariums full of exotic and local fish and marine life.


Dining out in Ireland is a wonderful experience. Ireland has a large number of excellent restaurants and the country has made a name for itself at the forefront of cooking. It is almost impossible to avoid listening to some traditional Irish music, most pubs have music on a regular basis, and the lively atmosphere is second to none.


There are plenty of hotels throughout Ireland that are well equipped for families with children with recreation areas and entertainment.

Whether you are looking for a luxury hotel to relax in or an affordable hotel to use as a base while you explore the beautiful Irish countryside there is a hotel to suit you.

Ireland Group Holidays


Golf is popular in Ireland and there are plenty of fantastic courses. Water activities can be found all over from kayaking to water skiing. Hiking is a popular pastime; the Irish countryside is perfect for exploring. Cycling is a great way to enjoy the Irish scenery. Surfing is popular and there are plenty of great spots all along the Irish coast. Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a suspension bridge that leads to Carrick Island, open throughout the year.


Ireland has a large number of historic towns that are full of culturally significant buildings and monuments. Ireland is home to a number of beautiful regions that are protected in National Parks all of which are open to the public. Cliffs of Moher are a beautiful natural attraction that looks out onto the Atlantic Ocean.


There are plenty of clubs all over the country that play everything from techno to disco into the early hours. There are plenty of bars scattered throughout Ireland great for sipping cocktails or light bites. When in Ireland you must try Guinness from a local pub, an absolute must. Traditional Irish music can be found all over the country in hundreds of venues and local pubs.


Ireland has a huge comedy festival held each year in Kilkenny. Food festivals are common in Ireland such as the Taste of West Cork Festival held annually. There are also plenty of music festivals held all over the country.

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