Ireland Escorted Tours
Packed with history, creativity, folk legend, religious devotion, miles of spectacular coastline and an unsurpassed natural beauty, Ireland has so much to take in. Combine this with a lively pub life, vibrant urban cities like Dublin and Cork, and everlasting Celtic traditions, you’ll find Ireland nudging the top of most travellers’ wish list.
Nestled on the banks of the River Liffey, Dublin prospered greatly during the 18th Century and it has preserved many of the neo-Classical buildings and elegant Georgian terraces from this period. There are also magnificent museums and cathedrals, well preserved castles, leafy squares and parks. Ireland’s countryside is beautiful, pastoral and unspoiled, with quaint old villages, where time seems to go more slowly, or stops altogether. Scenery can be dramatic - especially on the west coast. The many ancient Christian crosses, ruined monastic settlements and castles stand as a reminder of early Irish piety and its turbulent past.
The Irish playwright and wit Oscar Wilde famously wrote, "I can resist everything except temptation," and there’s plenty to tempt you here. Irish tweed and knitwear from the Aran Islands (once handmade by fishermen featuring family patterns); lace from Limerick and pure Irish linen. You’ll also see pottery, Waterford crystal, Irish whiskey, jewellery and enamel work inspired by ancient Celtic art.
Ireland is a place of song and story where you’ll hear traditional folk music played on banjos, bagpipes, accordions and fiddles. Dublin has a great theatrical heritage. Don’t miss the chance for dinner and a performance at one of Dublin’s famous theatres.
Traditional dishes consist of a potato pancake known as boxty, coddle (pork sausages and bacon) and Irish stew - lamb with potatoes, onions, parsley and thyme. The country is also renowned for its creamy stout and beer, the most famous being Guinness. However other, popular brands include Murphy’s Irish Stout, Beamish, and Kilkenny beer. Whiskey is also renowned with the most famous distilleries being the Old Midleton Distillery in Cork, the Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin, and the Bushmills Distillery in Antrim.
Top 5 Things To Do In Ireland
1. Swift, Wilde, Yeats, Shaw, Joyce and Behan were all born in Dublin. Follow their literary trail to the Dublin Writer’s Museum. Calling in at some of their favourite pubs along the way comes highly recommended.
2. Strangely, the finest Japanese gardens in Europe are to be found at the Irish National Stud. Embark on a “journey through life” as you wind your way from the ‘Cave of Birth’ to the ‘Gateway of Eternity’. That’s in the gardens, not the stud.
3. Irish Coffee was invented in Foynes and each year the town goes coffee crazy. The three-day festival features a parade, fun and fireworks; all fuelled, no doubt, by the two main ingredients of this uniquely Irish treat.
4. Jump on jaunting car. Share a joke with your jovial jarvey. Enjoy the craic. Doesn’t make sense? Get to Killarney.
5. The best views of Dublin are from Guinness Storehouse's sky-high Gravity Bar. Relax with the nation’s favourite tipple and a 360° panorama. Who needs more? Sláinte!
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