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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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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 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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Enjoy a self-drive adventure of an appealing portion of Ireland’s lengthy coastal touring route, the Wild Atlantic Way, including boat trips and a guided tour of the Burren.

  • Holiday duration: 7 days
  • Price from: £895
  • Operator: McKinlay Kidd
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Designed to combine Ireland’s highlights with special places to stay and hidden gems sought out by McKinlay Kidd, this holiday takes you from the bustle and sophistication of Dublin to the dramatic coastlines, lakes and mountains of the West Coast of Southern Ireland.

  • Holiday duration: 8 days
  • Price from: £685
  • Operator: McKinlay Kidd
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