International Travel — Europe
— The Magic Isle
"Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart."
some of the most breathtaking countryside and scenery in the world,
including miles of lush green fields, magnificent cliffs,
natural wonders, rugged coastline, wind-swept beaches, spectacular gardens (over 300 are open to the public), and 400+ world-class golf courses — it's
to visit... and explore.
Rich in culture,
history and tradition, Ireland draws over seven million visitors every year. Over 40 million Americans have Irish heritage — it's no wonder that Ireland is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. The Irish people are renowned
charming warm hospitality and wonderful storytelling... keep a look-out for leprechauns!
Fun Things To Do in Ireland
"Craic" (pronounced crack) is the Irish word for fun — and there's certainly no shortage of Fun Things To Do in the Emerald Isle. Festivals take place year-round throughout the country — plan a trip around a festival and experience Ireland at its best.
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on Your Ireland Vacation
A relatively small country and easy to move about — first-time travelers should plan on spending a minimum of 7 days to see Ireland's major sights, (preferably 10-14 days). Family (multi-generational) travel to Ireland is very popular.
Ireland's Regions and Attractions
Narrated Guided Tours
are a great way to see the country, learn all about its history from experienced guides and experience its warm Irish hospitality.
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Sightseeing & Tours
Dublin Sightseeing & Tours
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Ireland is famous for it's ancient Castles (located all over the country)
— many of the castles are in ruins, while others
can be rented out for special occasions and some have even been
converted to "Castle Hotels" to accommodate overnight
guests. With more castle hotels than in England, Ireland is the place to go if you want to stay in a castle hotel. In addition to classic castles, there's also a variety of historic Country Manor Houses with beautiful gardens — and Cookery Schools.
One of Ireland's most popular tourist attractions is Blarney
Castle and its beautiful Rock
Close Gardens, located in Cork.
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Ireland's Regions and Attractions
"The Wonderful West"
The west coast of Ireland, considered "The Wonderful West," offers some of the most beautiful scenery on the island.
Spend as much time in the west as you can to enjoy its hidden gems and inspirational scenery.
and a Pint of Guinness
The Irish Pubs are legendary — no
trip to the Emerald Isle is
complete without visiting Ireland's quaint country pubs
and enjoying a pint or two of Guinness (what Irish novelist and poet James Joyce called "the wine of Ireland") with
When to Visit Ireland
Summer is Ireland's peak tourist season, so if you don't like crowds, Spring and Fall can be good times to visit.
Driving in Ireland
Ireland is only about 300 miles from top to bottom and approximately 95 miles across, so it's a fairly easy country to navigate by car (once you get used to the narrow country roads and roundabouts — and more importantly, driving on the left side of the road)!
Driving is an excellent way to see the country — it gives travelers more freedom and flexibility. We recommend that you rent an automatic car and make it easy on yourself.
If you'd rather just sit back and relax and leave the driving to someone else, take a Fun Sightseeing Tour and see Ireland's famous attractions.
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Golf In Ireland
Boasting over 400 golf courses on the island, it's no wonder that Ireland is a golfer's paradise
— All Things Irish
Ireland is deeply rooted in traditions. Find out more about Irish Traditions and "All Things Irish" — Celtic Music & Irish Step-Dancing, Irish Storytelling, Sheep-Herding, Irish Foods, Guinness, Irish Whiskey, Irish Coffee... and more!
St. Patrick's Day
— St. Patrick's Day Parade
Did you know that the St. Patrick's Day Parade started
in America, not Ireland? In Ireland, St. Patrick's Day was
more of a religious holiday up until the 1970's. All the pubs in
Ireland were closed on that day — NOT today!
Dublin's St. Patrick's Day Parade is one of the biggest and best
in the world. "Happy St. Patrick's Day" — or
as they say in Irish... "La Fheile Padraig Duit!"
Ireland Tours, Day Trips
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