Explore the beauty of Ireland
The Irish countryside is a combination of rugged coastline, rolling hills and green fields, all with a magical appeal. Ireland offers many opportunities for walking and cycling that can be enjoyed by anyone at any fitness level. From long reflective strolls along the sandy beaches of Sligo to strenuous cycling routes across the mountains of Kerry.
You are never far from the sea in Ireland. Surfing, kayaking and boating are popular activities available to the visitor. One popular activity is to hire a boat and cruise along Irelands largest river "The Shannon". The Irish Boat Rental Association can give good advice on Ireland's waterways and offers cruise itineraries and a list of its members.
With over 300 golf courses on the island you will find some of the worlds best courses in Ireland. Speciality Ireland and Ireland Golf Tour help visiting groups plan golfing tours around Ireland.
A vast variety of quality fishing has earned Ireland a reputation as one of the finest fishing holiday destinations in Europe. The Central Fisheries Board have some good pointers on fishing in Ireland.
Famous for its horse breeding industry Ireland has much to offer the horse enthusiast from challenging riding trails to a day out at the famous national hunt race meetings. Horseridingvacations.com organise holidays for individuals and groups from outside Ireland. Or why not visit the Annaharvey Farm in Tullamore for an idyllic riding holiday which also offers Arts and Crafts classes and delicious homemade farm foods.
Culture and Heritage
Take some time out and learn more about the Irish Culture and Heritage such as our ancient castles, monastries and monuments. Explore the wonderful Houses, Castles and Gardens of Ireland along the way. Those looking for a unique souvenir might enjoy visiting a local crafts or antiques fair. You could even take in some traditional Irish music in session at the local pub.
Ireland has a wide range of restaurants catering for all tastes. Good food Ireland will help you find one that suits your taste and budget.
One of the most exciting ways to experience the Irish scenery is from the air in a Hot Air Balloon Another fun way to see the sights is to go on one of the famous Sham Rocker adventure tours.
Festivals and Events
Ireland plays host to many festivals and events catering for a wide spectrum of interests and tastes. Our most famous festival is St Patricks Day which is held on the 17th March every year. Alternatively, if your more interested in music you will find no shortage of events to attend such as Monaghans Blues Festival.
In 2013 Ireland staged it's most successful festival ever, The Gathering Ireland 2013 brought together friends and family from across the globe with a year long celebration of Irish culture. Over 5,000 events took place many of which continue to run on an annual basis.