The Emerald Isle: where the rhythm is slower, the people are warmer, the spirit is fuller, and the earth is richer.
Irish hospitality may be a cliché – right up there with leprechauns and kissing the Blarney Stone – but when you take a tour in Ireland (whether that's in Galway or down South) you realise that this enchanting republic revels in its old-school approach to life. Connemara really is as brooding and lonely as we’ve been led to believe. The Dublin of James Joyce still lingers on in odd pockets of the city. The Guinness really is that good. If you want to enjoy your holiday, it’s best to leave your cynicism at the door and grab Ireland with both hands: learn the folklore of Roscommon and Donegal, road trip your way along the south's coastline, go searching for faeries in Knocknerea Mountain, moan about the inclement weather and (above all) embrace the craic.
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Ireland at a glance
Dublin (population 500,000)
(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London
Type D (Old British 3-pin) Type G (Irish/British 3-pin) Type M (see D)