Ireland's best-loved destinations
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My Ireland Travel Guide

Irish Travel, Tours & Vacations

This easy-to-use travel guide takes you through all the regions of Ireland one by one, detailing all the most popular attractions, the best places to stay, even where to find the best pint of Guinness. It contains links to countless Ireland travel resources and presents a detailed summary of Ireland's key destinations. Use it to help you start planning your Ireland vacation, or just fire it up on your smart phone before you leave the hotel each morning.

It doesn't matter what kind of Ireland vacation you're planning. Whether you're looking for a five-star hotel, or maybe more a five-euro hostel, this pocket guide will set out all your options in detail.

The Regions of Ireland


Ireland's proud and vibrant capital is also the gateway to almost every Ireland vacation: most transatlantic and European flights will land at Dublin Airport, and most Ireland tours will allow for a Dublin hotel-stay on your first night in Ireland. But Dublin is far more than just a stepping stone to Ireland's regional attractions: there is a great deal to see in the capital, and your travel plans should allow at least a day or two to take it all in.

The original wooden Guinness barrels were made by hand and only took only one measuring tools to make a watertight barrel.

Best Bits

  • Trinity College
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Chester Beatty Library
  • Irish Museum of Modern Art

Read the Dublin Travel Guide »

Wicklow & the East

We Irish love our horses, and nowhere is this better expressed than in the East, where stunning landscapes, forged by ancient glacial shifts, provide the most fitting backdrop for some of the world's finest thoroughbreds and a region which is proud to call itself the home of Irish horse racing. Wicklow and Ireland's east coast also offer perhaps the most vivid sense of Ireland's history, ancient and modern, from the archaeological relics of Ireland's earliest monastic sites, to the stately homes of the Anglo-Irish gentry.

Best Bits

  • Brú na Bóinne
  • Glendalough
  • Monasterboice
  • Powerscourt Estate
  • Castletown House

Read the Wicklow Travel Guide »

Galway, Clare and the West

Pack your walking boots, your camera and sense of good fun as you head west for Galway and County Clare . Galway offers plenty of diversions and will easily take up a full day of your vacation, but be sure to allow time to enjoy the world-famous folk sessions which pervade the pubs of County Clare. The Cliffs of Moher rise 702ft above the water at their highest point. Our Ireland bus tours from dublin always head West to see this. If you play, bring and instrument; if you don't, buy the musicians a Guinness and belt out the high notes as you recognise the familiar refrain of countless Irish folk songs. There's no better way to spend a night out in Ireland.

Best Bits

  • Galway City
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Clonmacnoise
  • Connemara
  • County Clare's folk music sessions

Read the Galway Travel Guide »

Kilkenny and the South East

Ireland's warmest and driest region is also one of its most popular destinations. Visitors to Kilkenny and the South East enjoy the quaint and picturesque seaside towns and fishing villages which typify this corner of the Emerald Isle. As with Wicklow to the north, Ireland's ancient history is strongly felt here, and the ruins of castles and abbeys are likely to feature on most local tour itineraries.

Best Bits

  • Rock of Cashel
  • Ardmore
  • Kilkenny City
  • Dungarvan
  • 1798 Rebellion Centre

Read the Kilkenny Travel Guide »

Large Copper Still outside the Old Midleton Distillery

Cork, Kerry and the South West

Rugged, rustic and wild, Ireland's South West perhaps best matches what first-time visitors expect Ireland to look like. There is plenty to see here, and plenty to keep groups of all ages entertained. Visitors should not go home without exploring the Killarney National Park, with its overpowering and majestic scenery. Nor should Cork's diverse attractions and nightlife be overlooked. Great memories await you here.

Best Bits

  • Cork City
  • Skellig Michael
  • Killarney National Park
  • Kinsale
  • Ring of Kerry

Read the Cork & Kerry Travel Guide »

Donegal and Sligo

There is perhaps less in the way of organised tourist infrastructure here than in some of the more conventional tourist areas to the south, but don't let this put you off, especially if you like the great outdoors. Ireland displays its beauty in all regions, but nowhere more so than here. If you forget your camera, buy a new one in Donegal or Sligo's quaint and narrow shopping streets before you head for the coast: these are views you will not want to forget.

Best Bits

  • Slieve League
  • Errigal Mountain
  • Benbulben Mountain
  • Glencolmcille Folk Village
  • Maghera Beach and Caves

Read the Donegal & Sligo Travel Guide »

Belfast, Derry & the Antrim Coast

In peace, Northern Ireland has finally staked its rightful claim as one of the most beautiful, memorable and cultural regions to be found anywhere on the island of Ireland. Nowhere is Ireland's recent history more strongly felt than in the North, and a tour of Belfast in particular would be incomplete without taking this into account. But visitors will deprive themselves if they don't look beyond The Troubles and see the North for what it really is - one of most exciting and dynamic places you will visit on any western European tour.

Best Bits

  • Coastal Causeway Route
  • Belfast
  • The Antrim Coast
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
  • Historic Derry/Londonderry

Read the Northern Ireland Travel Guide »