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Insight’s Ireland showcases the very best sights, scenery and experiences of Ireland including the Wild Atlantic Way and an incredible stay at the distinguished and luxurious Ashford Castle near the picturesque village of Cong – recently respectfully and magnificently restored with a $75m investment by its owners, Insight's parent company. Insight guests can be certain of an extra special welcome and added care and service at this world-famous icon.
Ireland is replete 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 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.
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. Sláinte!
Looking for something more literary? Swift, Wilde, Yeats, Shaw, Joyce and Behan were all born in Dublin. Follow their literary trail to the Dublin Writer’s Museum. A stop in at some of their favourite pubs along the way comes highly recommended.
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When to go: June–September for a warmer climate and clearer skies.
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