The Emerald Isle
The island of Ireland needs no introduction as her famous exports like St Patrick’s Day, Guinness, whiskey and traditional Irish music are known worldwide. But beyond that lies an undiscovered land of adventure.
Home to six national parks and a plethora of wild landscapes, this small island is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Explore this ancient island from the rugged coastlines of the west coast to rolling emerald hills further inland, the great mountains of Connemara, Donegal and Kerry, the tiny fishing villages along unspoilt peninsulas and teacup-sized islands, and the vast bogs the northwest. Discover the island’s wild geology at the lunar-like exposed limestone of the Burren, the jagged rock pinnacles of the Skellig Islands, the great cliffs at Slieve League and the Cliffs of Moher, and the wild basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway and the Causeway Coast. Ireland is a land of great beauty and rich history, and is home to a cheerful and proud people.
Ireland has produced many a great writer, artist and poet, each taking inspiration from the island’s rich history, culture and landscape. From tales of warring giants to those of cunning fairies, the ancient traditions and folklore are steeped into the hills. Though once outlawed, the Irish language has seen a resurgence, with many Gaeltacht pockets dotting the more remote communities. With thousands of years of habitation, on nearly every excursion, you’re sure to stumble over anything from 5,000-year-old Neolithic monuments to Bronze Age hill-forts, Norman castles, medieval monasteries, clifftop forts, and stone beehive huts.
The Irish are cheerful and welcoming, never wasting an opportunity to showcase the wonders of the country, the stories and histories of the people who once lived here, and the traditions and crafts passed down through generations. After a day of exploring, kick back by the crackling fire with a pint in hand, listening to the lively tunes of Irish trad music in a countryside pub.
Bursting with experiences to perfect any luxury adventure itinerary, Ireland’s culture and her people’s friendly disposition lend the destination perfectly to cultural and outdoor adventures, small group tours and private travel experiences, each full of chance encounters with locals, stunning scenery, fascinating history and myths, and enriching experiences.