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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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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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We return to the “Emerald Isle” to again tour the Irish Republic by Iarnród Éireann's modern fleet. Indulge in steam and nostalgia at the West Clare Railway, experience a unique form of rail travel at Lartigue Monorail and visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum.

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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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This is arguably the finest section of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way - from Cork City around the southwest coast to Dingle and north up the west coast to County Clare. This self-drive holiday will allow you time to stop at inviting hand-picked hotels and enjoy guided tours of some of the country’s most tempting culinary experiences along the way.

  • Holiday duration: 9 days
  • Price from: £1,195
  • Operator: McKinlay Kidd
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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: £1,095
  • Operator: McKinlay Kidd
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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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Nothing says ‘escape’ like a break on an Irish island - and this new holiday takes in four of them! Every unique destination on this nine night self-drive exploration holiday boasts its own distinctive character. Overnight stays on Achill, Clare and the Aran Islands, as well as historic Connemara and a day trip to the magical Inishbofin Island.

  • Holiday duration: 10 days
  • Price from: £725
  • Operator: McKinlay Kidd
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The Harp & the Crown: Georgian Dublin & its Hinterland from CICERONI Travel. Introduction to Ireland’s history. Remarkable levels of private access. Wonderful Georgian houses. Landscapes & gardens including Birr Castle and Jimi Blake’s Hunting Brook. Visit based at historic Barberstown Castle.

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