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Holidays to Ireland

There’s Dublin and there’s the rest of Ireland – or so it can seem. The capital is characterful and bustling, with its colleges and Georgian shopping streets. But head south or west and a quieter Eire emerges: a fairytale land of dark-green fields, sandy beaches, moors, crags and many castles. Most scenic are Wicklow Hills, especially when rouged with heather, and the bonny Cork-Kerry coast, the ideal place for oyster festivals and sharing craic in village pubs. Running alongside is the newly-inaugurated, 1,553-mile Wild Atlantic Way drive.

Many Irish-goers are literature-lovers, anxious to trace the roots of work by Joyce, Yeats et al. Personally, as a footie fan who’d heard Irish fans thrillingly bellow out The Fields of Athenry at international games, I had another pilgrimage in mind. Athenry turned out to be an idyllic place with a small fort and, yes, low-lying fields. Still no sign of Trevelyan’s corn, mind.

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Butler Country:South East Ireland from CICERONI Travel;
Marvellous week spent exploring this magical part of Ireland.
Visit based in the historic Mount Juliet House, former seat of the Earls of Carrick.
Unique opportunity to learn more about Ireland’s history.
Wonderful selection of private houses, many not open to the public.

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Our "Giants, Saints & Titanic" self-drive holiday covers the many highlights of Northern Ireland, the hidden gem of Irish tourism. From the natural phenomenon of the Giants' Causeway and the beautiful Antrim Coast Road to the patchwork green fields and numerous monastic sites of County Down - not forgetting the reinvigorated city of Belfast.

  • Holiday duration: 8 days
  • Price from: £615
  • Operator: McKinlay Kidd
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“The Emerald Isle”, “the Island of Saints and Scholars”, “the Home of the Rainbow” - so many clichés have been used to describe Ireland, all of them based on some element of truth and none of them sufficient to capture the enormous fascination of this most unusual island. At Peter Sommer Travels, we are excited to present Exploring Ireland.

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This 15-night self-drive odyssey is a culmination of the 15 years our team have spent exploring unbeaten paths around Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales. Discover some of our favourite hidden-gem places to stay, spend time with gregarious local guides and enjoy extraordinary experiences.

  • Holiday duration: 16 days
  • Price from: £3,180
  • Operator: McKinlay Kidd
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Ride through the best of what the 5 countries of the United Kingdom and Ireland have to offer. on this fully guided and supported adventure.

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Unique opportunity to visit this lovely part of Ireland in an unforgettable manner. Stay first in Belfast and then in a marvellous private castle on Lough Erne. Remarkable levels of private access. Wonderful scenery throughout. Unhurried pace suited to those who enjoy tranquillity

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Keep an eye out for elves and fairies as you journey over the green plains of Ireland

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Imagine the West of Ireland and you think of pretty coastal villages, dramatic seas, brightly-painted shops and bars and a warm welcome. Now you can enjoy all of this on the captivating coastal driving route now known as Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.

  • Holiday duration: 11 days
  • Price from: £1,025
  • Operator: McKinlay Kidd
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Ballymaloe; Houses & Gardens of Cork from CICERONI Travel. Marvellous week spent exploring Co. Cork. Wonderful selection of houses, many not open to the public. Particularly fine selection of gardens included. Ballymaloe House to be our “home from home” for six days with its remarkable food & country house comforts. Unhurried itinerary.

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The Gardens of Ireland from CICERONI Travel. Inspirational visit led by two of Ireland’s most respected Gardeners, Jimi Blake & Helen Dillon. Gentle pace, time to absorb the 'spirit' and detail of each garden. Variety of garden styles included, Iconic gardens such as Mount Stewart & Hunting Brook .

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