A land of saints and scholars in the North Atlantic.

Ireland Vacations

Where Celtic music and Guinness will course through your veins

On a lush island in the North Atlantic, full of shamrocks and leprechauns, is the Emerald Isle. Among its sheepy pastures, medieval castles, and rugged green coastlines that dive and slope into the sea, you will find the warm and hospitable people of Ireland.

The Irish love a good craic, which translates loosely to sharing news, gossip, fun, entertainment and having grand ol’ times. Pop your head into any pub across the country and you’ll get it.

The capital, Dublin, known throughout history as County Dublin and Kingdom of Dublin, is today in contention for being the friendliest city in Europe. Dublin is home to historic Trinity College, Dublin Castle, the Guinness brewery at St. James Gate, and the Abbey Theatre – these are all well-preserved and worth a visit –  places where you can take a step into the past. 

The city surrounds the River Liffey that flows out to the sea and is bordered on its south by the Wicklow Mountains. The north and west sides of the city are wrapped with pastoral landscapes and picturesque Irish farmland.

The west coast of Ireland has some of the country’s most scenic regions. The southwestern town of Killarney in County Kerry is the ideal launching point to tour through the Dingle, Kerry, and Beara Peninsulas – wild landscapes where the vistas are lengthy and the sea crashes, feeding the salty air.

In Northern Ireland, the capital, dressed in Edwardian fashion, is Belfast. Today it's an aerospace hub and its roots were strengthened by the Industrial Revolution. Titanic Belfast is a museum dedicated to the storied ship, which was designed, built and launched in the Harland and Wolff slipway in the city.

Before you depart, make sure you pick up a roll neck or cable sweater, an Aran sweater, if possible, and may you always feel the warmth of Ireland.

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Handcrafted Journeys to our Most Popular Places in Ireland.

Aerial view of Liffey river and O'Connell bridge during sunset
Kylemore abbey: picturesque benedictine monastery in Connemara
Scenic view of Gap of Dunloe
Dromore castle on the hill
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Amazing wave lashed cliffs surrounded be green hills on a sunny day
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Scenic aerial view of the peninsula seaside in summer
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Prepare to fall in love with Ireland, and the Irish.

The inviting Irish are well-humoured and very friendly and it doesn’t take much to spark a conversation, even with strangers. The Celtic island is home to U2, Sinead O’Connor, and Van Morrison, and music plays as a staple in Irish life. And there’s a good chance you’ll come across a traditional music session if you step into a pub—which is likely, if you have a hankering for stew, or become thirsty for a Guinness.

The Gap of Dunloe, a narrow mountain pass running north-south in County Kerry, Ireland

The Culture

The shamrock, a type of clover, is a symbol of Ireland. It’s said to represent the Christian Holy Trinity -- the Father, Son, and the Spirit. It’s also said that they represent faith, hope, and love. 

There’s a romantic air about Ireland. Galway has been making a distinctly Irish piece of jewelry since 1700. The Claddagh ring, named for a small village, and partly based on earlier Roman rings, features a heart (love) with a crown on it (loyalty) held by two hands (friendship). Traditionally mothers would pass down these rings to their daughters, but it’s also a popular ring as a part of a marriage.

The passions continue all the way to the pub which remains an integral part of Irish life and culture. Besides a spot for a good craic, many host ‘sessions’ which are basically jam sessions in a pub. A couple of musicians will sit down with a pint and an instrument – a tin whistle, bodràn (a hand-held circular stretched skin drummed with a two-ended wooden stick), harp, a smaller Celtic harp, or fiddle. If you know the song, you sing or play, and often the whole place gets in tune.

Sessions used to be held on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday and Wednesday nights when local musicians were free from other gigs and obligations. Attending one of these informal events will fill your soul.

WIth a fair dose of ruminations on past suffering and hardships, and charmed with wit and humour, Irish literature is characterized by its deep connection to Irish history and culture. Notable writers include James Joyce, Ulysses (1922), and Finnegans Wake (1939), George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion (1913), W.B. Yeats, Maeve Binchy, Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot (1949) and Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890).

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