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IRELAND TRAVEL GUIDE

The Beara Peninsula in South West Ireland

Ireland Hotels, Restaurants, Spas and More

The jovial Irish spirit is contagious, so prepare yourselves to be charmed by green spaces, friendly faces and an ethos of welcome. In Dublin, be sure to visit Trinity College to view the Book of Kells, believed to be from the eighth century. A stop at the Guinness Storehouse, in the heart of the St. James's Gate Brewery, is always a fine idea. Western Ireland, with its pre-Christian ruins and famed attractions like the Ring of Kerry, astounds. And although kissing the Blarney Stone, in the city of Cork, may bestow the gift of eloquence, it isn't as easy as it sounds: After you lie down on your back, someone eases you headfirst through a hole in the stone floor!

TRAVEL FEATURES

Places worldwide light up green for St. Patrick's Day

Tourism Ireland's Global Greening Initiative
Go green this St. Patrick's Day! For the past six years, Tourism Ireland has been promoting Global Greening — a fun campaign where iconic sites and brands around the world light up in the verdant color. The tourism company encourages people to get into the Irish spirit and shine green, whether it's at home, in your office or on your car.

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The observation car aboard the Belmond Grand Hibernian

Ireland's First Luxury Train to Debut This Year
Explore the Emerald Isle in an exciting, new way. This August, Ireland will introduce its first luxury train, the Belmond Grand Hibernian, and offer excursions leaving from Dublin for two, four or six-nights. Stay in charming cabins as the Irish countryside rolls by and enjoy gourmet cuisine from one of the two restaurants on board, Sligo and Wexford. The voyages will take passengers to must-see sites, such as Blarney Castle and Cliffs of Moher, and golf enthusiasts can opt for one of Belmond's complete golf itineraries.

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Village Walks Ireland highlights the hidden treasures of The Emerald Isle

Village Walks: Ireland
Journey through the verdant landscapes of the Emerald Isle with this convenient set of 50 cards, from Viking Dublin to Falls Road in Belfast, hotspot of "The Troubles."

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Bagpipers in Philadelphia's St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day
Can't get away to the Emerald Isle? On March 17, everyone's Irish in the U.S. Check GAYOT's Guide to St. Patrick's Day to find the best Irish restaurants, pubs and parades across the country.

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Pubs, restaurants and bars to celebrate St. Partick's Day




Attendees looking to find their match at the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival in Ireland

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival
If there isn't any lovin' left in your hometown, the famous Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival may be for you. Dance, drink and mingle with other singles in this spa town and see if you find a spark.

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The spa at Killarney Park Hotel in Ireland

The Best Spas in Ireland
Ireland may not come to mind when you think of a place for spa getaways, but think again. This welcoming country has a fair share of top-notch places that could be just right for a soothing respite from your day.

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DUBLIN


The hustle and bustle on Grafton Street in Dublin, Ireland

Dublin Business Travel Guide
The Celtic Tiger economic boom of the 1990s transformed Dublin from a "dirty old town" to a cosmopolitan business destination, but its laid-back, fun-loving Irish attitude hasn't disappeared. Rest up before arriving, because joining in the craic (fun) is not only accepted, but encouraged.

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HOTELS

The Dean Dublin hotel in Ireland

Where to Stay
If you need help figuring out where to book a room during your trip to Ireland, take a look at GAYOT's hotel reviews. Find ratings, directions and other helpful information.

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GALWAY

The Delphi Mountain Resort & Spa offers services such as Organic Facials, Holistic Massages, and Seaweed Baths

Delphi Mountain Resort & Spa
This clever hideaway earned a berth on GAYOT's list of top health retreats. Here you can get your adrenaline flowing with a dolphin watch at the resort's Adventure Center and then please your palate with all-natural cuisine featuring fresh produce from the resort's own greenhouse.

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NORTHERN IRELAND

The Tudor-style, 19th-century Queen's University in Belfast, Ireland

Belfast City Trip
Belfast has thrown off its troubled past and emerged as one of Ireland's most vibrant cities. Many of the public buildings have been restored to their former glory, and the city's revitalization has produced a string of up-market hotels, restaurants and clubs.

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Guinness Draught, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Irish Beers

Irish Whiskeys and Beers
Drink like the Irish whether you're visiting the mother country or enjoying a pint at home Check out GAYOT's reviews of Irish beers and whiskeys.

Top 10 Irish Beers

Concannon Irish Whiskey

Knappogue Castle Irish Whiskey

Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey



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*Beara Peninsula & Dublin photos courtesy of the Ireland official website

 
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