Holidays in Ireland 2014

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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.

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Language: English, Gaeilge (Spoken in some areas)
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT + 1

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