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Whether you’re looking for a romantic break, a family holiday or want to celebrate a special occasion Ireland has some amazing places that’ll make you feel like you’re abroad. Who needs a foreign getaway when you can explore Ireland by car?
The staycation is the buzzword of the year – so why not visit parts of Ireland you’ve never seen before?
Have you always wanted to drive Route 66?
Why not try the Wild Atlantic Way instead? This stunning coastal road takes you on a fabulous driving adventure through the remote west of Ireland. Twists and turns, open roads and jaw-dropping scenery promise the road trip of a lifetime. The 1600-mile journey stretches from County Cork in the south to County Donegal in the north, with so many beaches, castles, lakes and mountains along the way you’re spoilt for choice.
Why go island hopping in Greece when you can tour the islands of Ireland?
Did you know Ireland has about 80 islands? If you don´t like to stay in one place, then a spot of Irish island hopping is for you. Discover Skellig Michael where scenes from Star Wars were filmed, the Aran Islands (the home of the Aran jumper), the private Lambay Island (book before visiting), and the deserted Blasket Islands.
More beautiful than the natural attractions of Asia…
Ireland has as many incredible attractions as the Far East and they’re much closer together and easy to drive to. From the wilds of Donegal to the breath-taking expanses of mountains and forests of Connemara, Ireland is a journey of discovery. If you think the waterfalls of Thailand and Bali are impressive wait until you see the majestic waterfalls of the emerald isle – Powerscourt Falls, Mahon Falls, Devil’s Chimney and Aasleagh Falls are just a handful of these unspoiled natural attractions.
Would you love to take the kids to Canada?
Who wouldn´t want to take their family on the holiday of a lifetime to the wilds of Canada? Besides being an immensely long journey, Canada is out of reach for the pockets of many. The good news is you can have just as a fantastic holiday in Glenveagh National Park area of north-east Ireland. This remote wilderness with its desolate scenery, enchanting castle and lakes and glens is perfect for a wild, outdoors trip.
Does the natural beauty of Iceland draw you?
Part of the Wild Atlantic Way, Burren in southwest Ireland makes you feel like you’ve landed on the moon, never mind Iceland. Formed on limestone, the lunar landscape is dotted with caves and weird rock formations. The kids will love fossil hunting and discovering this fascinating rocky terrain.
Who needs Mediterranean beaches?
Ask anyone that lives in Spain or Italy, it’s far too hot in the summer and the beaches are overcrowded. Why not opt for a more relaxing beach in Ireland instead? On a summer’s day you could just as easily be soaking up the sun of the Med. Some of Ireland’s most impressive beaches include Inch Beach in Kerry (perfect for surfing), Dog’s Bay in Galway (ideal for watersports) and Portsalon Bay in Donegal (almost a tropical paradise).
Do you love skiing or spending the summer in Switzerland?
If you’re attracted by snow-capped mountains, rolling hills and wild coastal scenery save your travel plans for Ireland. The majestic mountains of Wicklow get a snowfall every year, which is great fun for all the family. You can go snowboarding, mountain biking in the snow (if you’re mad enough!) and snow walking. And what better way to warm up after than with a soothing Irish coffee? Wicklow is also the perfect place to enjoy a peaceful summer, with plenty to do including festivals, the Bray Air Display and the Wicklow Regatta Festival.
Do you take your coffee Parisian style?
There’s no need to travel to France when you can sample the delights of Cork’s coffee (and hot chocolate!) culture. This cosmopolitan city lies in the southwest of Ireland and is the food capital of Ireland. From the food stalls of the English Market to fine dining in 5-star restaurants, when in Cork you could be on the streets of Paris or Madrid.
Do you love the fresh produce and authentic culture of European street markets?
If you enjoy buying fresh fruit and vegetables and local crafts grab your basket and fill it. You can experience the local community life at one of the many traditional Irish markets all over the country including the English Market in Cork (it’s Irish!), the Milk Market in Limerick and Blackrock Market in Dublin. Stock up on Irish cheese, fresh bread, mouth-watering chocolate, apples, honey, eggs, and a couple of souvenirs to remind you of your visit.