We think it is the people, their innate charm and their hospitality that sets Ireland apart as a destination to visit. Especially as the Emerald Isle has so much to offer for all ages and interests. Discover the literary tradition dating back thousands of years, try your hand at sports such as Gaelic Football or Hurling, and if you are a keen golfer look no further - the courses here are quite spectacular, such as the dramatic setting of the Old Head Course Kinsale. All of our trips are tailor-made, but here is just a sample of some of our favourite Irish destinations and experiences.
The Cliff at Lyons
This hotel is newest member of one of our favourite Irish hotel groups, The Cliff. Located just 30 minutes from Dublin Airport in rural Kildare, the hotel is a collection of historic cottages, a forge and a mill. Their restaurant is located within a beautiful domed orangery and focuses on local ingredients with a botanical twist. Our favourite on-site activities include borrowing a bicycle from the hotel; you can follow the canal paths all the way into Dublin city centre for a lovely afternoon trip. Enjoy a cookery class complete with your own cocktail mixologist, or take a barge trip down the river to a local gastro pub & brewery.
Connemara National Park is a rugged landscape of brooding hills and moors, inlets to the wild coast and ever-changing weather patterns. Oscar Wilde got it spot on when he described Connemara as a 'Savage Beauty' with dark lakes, and raw untamed hills sweeping into white sandy beaches.The beautifully barren hills laced with stone walls are a real draw for keen hikers or cyclists - we can arrange tours of the region with a local guide, or transfers to and from beauty spots for the perfect cycle ride. We would highly recommend a stay at Ashford Castle. Let us arrange a traditional seanchaí (Storyteller) to visit you at the property to share old folksongs and tales that are rich in famous battles and magic rituals, or join our experienced local fisherman in a seashore foraging experience.
Skellig Michael is the coolest place to visit this year after it was featured in the most recent Star Wars film; The Force Awakens. We can assist with boat tours around the islands or even a helicopter tour for a visit with a difference! (Get in touch today if you have clients wishing to visit as the tours are booking up for peak season!) These UNESCO islands have been revered for centuries after a group of monks carved stones from the sea to make steps up to their beehive like huts at the top. If you are staying in the area we would certainly suggest spending some time exploring the fabulous Ring of Kerry, our local driver-guides know all the best seafood restaurants, local artist galleries and even a chocolatier to pop into. (You must try the delicious and incredibly rich Hot Chocolate!)
Nearly 35 million Americans list their heritage as primarily or partially Irish. We know some of the best genealogists in the country who can dig into your history and even tour with you to ancestral hometowns. Let them find out about your ancestors and regale facts of where they lived, what type of lives they led or even what ships they docked on the route over to the New World.
Northern Ireland is a place of fantasy landscapes - made ever more popular after being heavily featured in Game of Thrones. Fans can explore the Haunted Forest, which is actually beautiful woodland of follies, grottos and caves; the Dark Hedges, a quiet country road lined with beech trees, or the House of Greyjoy which is perched on the edge of the cliffs - towering over the crashing waves below. For those seeking adrenaline fuelled activities enjoy a dramatic cliff walk at the Gobbins or the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge after a tour of the Giant's Causeway.