The Republic of Ireland is the UK's neighbour along with Scotland, as it shares a land border with Northern Ireland and can be visited easily by a 1 hour 15 minute flight from London or ferries from Holyhead and Fishguard in Wales. Being it is so close, over 3 million visitors from the UK head to Ireland each year.
The capital, Dublin, is home to the Guinness brewery, it has become one of Ireland's biggest tourist attractions and a must do for anyone who is a fan of the black stuff. In fact the UK drinks more Guinness than any other country.
Dublin is more than alcohol however, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle and Trinity College all offer a fascinating insight into Irish history.
Venturing outside of the capital and you will start to see why Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle. The lush green countryside and rolling hills are a real signature of the country. It is the perfect country for hiking, the East of Ireland is home to Glendalough, Sally Gap, Newgrange and the Hill of Tara all of which offer picturesque Irish countryside coupled with educating visitors about the Kings of Ireland and the religious history that makes up the country.
North West and West Ireland provides a more rugged landscape including Errigal Mountain, the lakes and glens of County Leitrim, The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare and the Slieve League Cliffs in County Donegal.
Finally don't forget to kiss the Blarney Stone whilst you're visiting, it is said to give those that do the gift of eloquence and persuasiveness. Meaning you'll have no trouble convincing yourself or your travel partner to book more holidays when you return!
If you are planning a trip to Ireland, remember that before you set off to The Emerald Isle get your travel insurance policy to cover you for any unforeseen problems that you may encounter during your trip. Our Ireland travel insurance offers a range of cover options to help you enjoy your trip without worry.
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