Known as the Emerald Isle with plenty of good craic, Ireland packs a memorable punch. Whether it's the wild and windswept beaches, the famous local hospitality (their 'gift of the gab' is second to none), or the country's rich history dating back thousands of years - Ireland has plenty more than 'a pint of the black stuff' to offer. At Original Travel UK, we are constantly getting out and about to find the most exciting and exclusive experiences, and to deepen our knowledge of the British Isles. Read on to find out about our recent fam trip to Ireland…
Visit A Local Smokehouse
A family-run business, this artisan smokehouse uses exclusively Irish raw materials to produce the most exquisite smoked organic salmon, which is sent around the world to the most discerning clients and retailers. The owners draw on their Irish/Nordic heritage and a private tour gives the opportunity to access their incredible knowledge, allowing you to learn about the processes that go into creating such a superb delicacy. Leave with a bespoke picnic hamper, to be enjoyed in the moonscapes of the Burren… with the Irish sea spray on your cheeks and a faint whiff of smoke in the air.
Immerse Yourself in Traditional Irish Culture
Ireland has a distinctive indigenous culture, and the best way to develop an understanding of this fascinating country is with a visit to a local home deep in the Connemara countryside. This private experience transports you through time, accompanying the family who called this thatched cottage home for over 400 years. Learn about the ecology, the landscape and how the bog has played such a key part in Irish history. There is something bewitching about the culture and traditions here, highlighted by the extraordinary storytelling and Irish music that plays such an integral role in its story.
Make A Signature Scent At Ireland's Oldest Perfumery
This gorgeous apothecary draws inspiration for its fragrances from the other-worldly nature of the Burren landscapes. Family run, every product in the perfumery is crafted by hand in small batches, each with its own distinct scent and character. Experience the palpable sense of folklore and magic that this place beholds, with a behind-the-scenes look into the blending and processing that goes into creating the various lotions and potions. The ultimate extravagance is the opportunity to craft your own unique and personal scent, which can be ordered time and time again.
Discover Delightful Derry
Derry, a city of contrasts and comparisons with a compelling past, this is a place ripe for exploration. One of the finest Walled cities in Europe, there is a unique combination of rich heritage and vibrant culture, with each and every turn leading to a new discovery. Activities include a unique walk along the 17th Century Walls, a private Irish soda bread baking class, and a tour of the heart breaking Museum of Free Derry. Perfectly positioned where the Wild Atlantic Way meets the Causeway Coastal Route, this has fast become one of our favourite cities in the UK.
See The Giant's Causeway
Standing out of Northern Ireland's blustery and beautiful coastline is the Giant's Causeway. Legend has it that Irish giant Finn McCool (locally known as Fionn mac Cumhaill) tried to build a path across the sea, made of thousands of basalt columns, from Ireland to the Scottish island of Staffa. Science claims that this is the result of a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago, but surely these near-perfect hexagonal tubes, stacked next to each other like puzzle pieces, cannot merely be volcanic rock formations?