Holidays to Ireland, the Emerald Isle

A warm welcome awaits in Ireland, where you’ll find sweeping landscapes, geological gems, cosy country pubs and tales of faerie folk and giants.

Ireland has a rich literature legacy – James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett all hail from Dublin, and the country’s wild landscapes have inspired countless novels and poems. Music is a big influence, too, and you’ll often hear the sound of fiddlers or folk musicians drifting from pubs and bars.

Our cruises and holidays to Ireland help you uncover the highlights of the Emerald Isle, as well as delving into the delights of Northern Ireland. Sip a Guinness in a thatch-roofed tavern in County Cork, see the sights in Dublin, drive the famous Ring of Kerry road and admire the dramatic scenery along the wild west coast.

Encompassing the majority of the island, the south is home to many stunning national parks, as well as a whole host of towns and villages packed full of characters (many of whom you’re likely to meet at the local pub). The wild and rugged Ring of Kerry offers dramatic scenery, as does Connemara in County Galway and the mountains and lakes of Donegal.

No less beautiful than the South, Northern Ireland's countryside is unspoilt and dramatic, from its coastline around the Giant's Causeway to the Glens of Antrim and the Mourne Mountains. For city sights you can't beat the grand buildings and buzzing nightlife of Belfast and for excellent museums head to Derry.

The weather in Ireland is rather unpredictable but rarely extreme. The average temperature is a mild 10 °C which reaches 18-20°C in July and August, when there are 18 hours of daylight. The country’s famously green landscapes are kept lush by abundant rainfall, so be sure to keep an umbrella handy.

It takes just over an hour to fly from London to Dublin.

Ireland follows the same time zone as the UK.

Irish (Gaelic) and English.

Currently, visas aren’t required for British Citizens. Entry requirements are subject to change, though – visit GOV UK or CIBT visas for more advice on passports and visas.

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