Read our pocket guide to Ireland
Ireland: A pocket guide
The Republic of Ireland is a cultural gem, and its capital, Dublin, is the birthplace of writers including Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett. Nicknamed the “Emerald Isle” for its lush landscape of rolling green hills, the countryside is dotted with castles and ancient sites, such as massive twelfth-century Cahir Castle.
A Vibrant Capital
Travel to Dublin where you can immerse yourself in history, culture, and a lively nightlife. From street performers to live music, kite-surfing to cocktail bars, you’ll soon get a taste for Dublin.
Witness the raw beauty of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and explore the rugged west coast, from Donegal all the way down to Cork. Experience a wealth of rich history and culture along the Wild Atlantic Way. Visit the Lakelands, a renowned Irish destination, and choose to soak in the views from its beautiful towns or relax on one of Ireland’s islands. From Achill to Inishbofin, a world of scenic beauty awaits. Each island has its own unique character and history, but they all share the same incredible atmosphere.
From Friendly Towns to Picture-Perfect Countryside
Galway is both a city and a county, and an experience to be savored. This university city has music, festivals, horse racing, pubs, restaurants, shops, theaters, and, most important of all, Galway people. Galway Bay opens up to mountains, castles, and stone walls, banks of turf, long sandy beaches, clear lakes, babbling streams, and flowing rivers. Delightful countryside punctuated by pretty villages and traditional pubs.
Facing the broad Atlantic Ocean, majestic Kerry is a place of stunning scenery and Ireland’s two highest mountains. True Irish culture is alive in the Irish-speaking areas of Kerry, where traditional Irish music, dance, and song abound. The province of Munster in southwest Eire encompasses seven counties and three cities.
Charming Cottages & Refined Country Estates
Discover the best-kept secrets of the counties Waterford, Cork and Tipperary—the very best of southwest Ireland. This area has spectacularly beautiful countryside, from the wild and rugged mountain ranges, which frame the county to the north, to the majestic and breath-taking coastline to the south. The Jameson Whiskey Experience in Middleton is the home of the finest Irish whiskey since 1825, and the Jameson Experience allows you to enjoy the only self-contained eighteenth-century industrial complex of its kind in Britain and Ireland. Beamish and Murphy’s Stout are also made in Cork, and if you travel home via Dublin, you can visit the Guinness Factory. Throughout Ireland, there are wonderful houses and castles for UltraVilla guests to enjoy.