IrelandA Small Country With a Big Heart
Spoken LanguageEnglish (99.0%)
Largest CityDublin (1.2 million)
Largest BorderUnited Kingdom (490 km)
Jump Into Ireland
Where you will meet the friendliest people, otherwise known as the “Emerald Isle”, this shimmering green jewel awaits you. Feel right at home in the slower, more relaxing pace of one of the world’s friendliest and most magical countries. Sip the authentic taste of Ireland’s ‘black gold’, Guinness, as you join in with the song and merriment of Dublin’s countless pubs and taverns brimming with local musicians sharing their own special Gaelic tales in tunes and verse. Ireland is your passport from the Atlantic Ocean to the Irish Sea towards England. Once you have tasted peat-caressed Irish stew, pinned a native shamrock to your lapel for good luck, felt the warmth of Aran knitwear on your shoulders, and be kissed by The Blarney, you will truly be the ‘green envy’ of all you know!
Peppered all across the lush greenery of the emerald isle you’ll discover a wealth of centuries old Gaelic castles, many of which are rolling out their red carpets with an invitation for you to stay as a special guest within their historic walls.
Ashford Castle, an imposing 800 year old stone citadel welcomes you to its regal ambience with exquisite interiors, sumptuous dining, 350 acres of ancient woodland and a state-of-the-art spa with top of the range treatments.
As does majestic Dromoland Castle, a stately 15th century lakeside castle hotel boasting Irish Royalty lineage and resplendent in lavish decorations, monumental fireplaces, haute cuisine and manicured gardens.
And both destinations offer training courses in Ireland’s time honored sport of falconry.
Jameson Midleton Distillery
Distinguishable by having the letter ‘e’ in its name, whiskey is one of Ireland’s most prized and sought after exports, and the name Jameson is synonymous with exceptional quality aged single malt Irish whiskey.
The original Jameson distillery was established in Dublin over 200 years ago, and today there are two facilities, the second being located in the town of Midleton in County Cork. This newer distillery opens its doors for you to tour its facility to discover how their fine amber elixir is crafted and aged in oak barrels. Best of all you’re encouraged to sample their proud product during this fascinating tour.
The once monastery populated heritage town of Killarney dates as far back as the year 610 AD, and as such is one of Irelands earliest and most significant of its original ancient religious settlements.
As a major section of Ireland’s famous Ring Of Kerry trail, Killarney is home to an abundance of natural treasures which include the surrounding peaks of Crohane, Tomies, Torc, and Mangerton towering over Killarney’s exceptionally picturesque National Parklands.
Tour the highly esteemed Muckross Estate, Ross Castle and Innisfallen Monastery in traditional Irish fashion aboard a horse-drawn carriage known locally as a ‘jaunting cart’ skillfully guided by a knowledgeable local driver known as a ‘jarvey’.