Homely but magical. Small but mighty. Ancient and solemn, but full of the friendliest people you could ever hope to meet, the Emerald Isle is waiting to enchant you.
Take a tour of Northern Ireland to explore Belfast, a city rich in history and home to the fascinating Titanic Experience, and travel north to the coast to gaze in awe at the curious rock formations of the UNESCO-listed Giant's Causeway.
In the south, follow the route of the Ring of Kerry around the spectacular Iveragh Peninsula. Admire the beautiful scenery of Killarney National Park or wander the streets of cities like Dublin, Galway, Sligo and Cork in search of fine food, first-class entertainment and the inspiration (liquid or otherwise) that filled the souls of Yeats, Wild, Shaw and Joyce.
Join us on a tour of Ireland or Northern Ireland to unveil the sheer beauty of this spectacular isle.
The spectacular Emerald Isle is a land marked by contrasting scenery.
Head to the towering basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim coast in Northern Ireland, or to the rocky karst landscape of the Burren, and it’s hard to reconcile the awesome spectacle around you. Admire the rolling green pastures and crystal lakes and bays around Skibereen, beside Lough Gill, or take in the views from the Cliffs of Moher and the Beara Peninsula.
History of Ireland
The history of Ireland begins in myth, with the heroic tales of Cu Chulainn, Finn Mac Cool and the life of St Patrick flowing strongly through the years to the present day. Everywhere you turn you’ll find its echoes - from the Neolithic tombs and monuments of the Boyne River Valley and the cliff top remains of the monastery at Skellig Michael (which doubles as Luke Skywalker’s new home in the 2017 installment of Star Wars) to the sectarian murals of Belfast and Derry.
Given its gorgeous scenery and long and turbulent history, it’s little wonder that Ireland has retained such a strong cultural identity.
What is particularly enchanting is the way that Irish art, music and literature has managed to stay so closely tied to the country and its people. James Joyce praises the simple joys of an Irish breakfast, the poems of Yeats are unmistakably set in the Irish landscape and filled with a yearning for a uniquely Irish culture, and to this day the sounds of fiddles, pennywhistles and bodhrans drift into the evening air from the open doors of pubs and bars in villages, towns and cities across Ireland.
Irish Food & Irish Drink
There are some foods so closely tied to Ireland that they’ve shaped the world’s view of the country. Guinness, whiskey, colcannon, boiled bacon and Irish stew in particular are five flavours inseparable from the idea of Irishness. Many families seem to have their own recipes for soda bread, and no breakfast would be complete without a delicious slice or two of white pudding (a grain and pork sausage very similar to the black pudding it almost always accompanies).
But hidden behind those world famous Irish flavours you’ll also find a host of regional delicacies. Warm up with a simple bowl of Coddle brimming with bacon, potatoes and sausages on a cold day in Dublin, tuck into oysters at the annnual Oyster Festival in Galway, and sample local salmon from the Burren, Connemara and Haven smokehouses, which have built quite the foodie following in recent years.
What our customers say...
"Wonderful holiday, great scenery, great tour guide who looked after us exceptionally well and ensured that we all knew about the arrangements each day. Fabulous countryside and the guides knowledge of the area was exceptional"
" Our first trip to the Irish Republic and we enjoyed it very much. Travel arrangements, transfers, hotel and the good company of fellow guests made it all enjoyable. We must also mention Fran, our excellent tour guide, who always went the extra mile to keep us informed and entertained."