Couples strive for a unique and memorable experience for their first trip as a married couple; somewhere they can forget about their busy lives for a few weeks and unwind after the sometimes stressful planning of the wedding and the big day itself. When it comes to choosing a Honeymoon destination, Ireland is becoming an increasingly popular choice. Whether it's a five star luxury retreat you crave or a budget adventure with your one and only, Ireland has it all and is the perfect romantic destination that is sure to exceed all expectations.
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Planning a vacation in Ireland? It's now possible to have your own bespoke Ireland Tour designed to suit your specific taste. Visit the Wild Atlantic Way or tour the world class golf courses or taste the spectacular Irish cuisine on a food tour of the Emerald Isle.
Any Ireland vacation itinerary, however, is incomplete without a visit to the country’s capital city and can easily be incorporated into a wider tour of the Ancient East. Dublin is one of the most vibrant cities in Europe with an almost palpable energy that must be experienced to be fathomed. At night the characterful pubs are alive with traditional music and dance and by day there is an abundance of museums, parks and cafés to visit. The unique attractions in the city include whiskey tasting tours, the Guinness Store House and even a leprechaun museum!.
Ireland has a very sophisticated whiskey tasting trail throughout the country. My focus this weekend was on the West of Ireland and the loveliest little city in Ireland – Galway.
Head to Shop street (yes you guessed it – lots of shops!) but a few great traditional pubs too, with some outdoor seating for the brave and fantastic welcoming interiors. A wall of Whiskeys meet you , the choice is staggering. Only the truly knowledgeable can go it alone without the guide of a detailed menu and description of what is on offer.
Need to experience something real? Touch something that is older then everything you know?
There is a need in most of us to place ourselves in history. Stand in a stone ruin, carved by hand by people who had families, told stories and had their own ambitions and needs. Ireland’s castles, lived in by powerful and power hungry men and women whose pride and perhaps greed still resonates today through the smooth cold stone that protected and supported them, are some of the most fascinating in the world.
A ‘once in a lifetime trip to Ireland’ is impossible – You can’t visit just once. The landscape, the people and atmosphere make it difficult for anyone who has experienced it to stay away for too long. Every time you make the trip you’ll find a new hidden gem; a little rocky cove, a scenic walk, a lively pub all there, as if waiting for you to discover them. As a regular visitor I have found one recipe for a perfect weekend in my favourite county of them all – Cork.
Flying into Cork airport is always a pleasure.