Ireland: come on over

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Discover Ireland in 2017, and experience the ‘Cead Mile Failte’ – 100,000 thousand welcomes! Ireland offers a wide variety of experiences with its spectacular scenic landscape, vibrant cities, wealth of heritage, cultural attractions and an exciting festival and events calendar that entertains 365 days a year! And, getting there has never been easier with 5 airlines now flying direct from Canada to Dublin, including four from Toronto (2 of which are year round).

Discover vibrant cities like the capital Dublin, a place full of character, culture & history, but with a modern, cosmopolitan feel. Visiting Dublin is like taking a great big breath of fresh air. Always invigorating, this Viking city is at once modern and historic,exciting and relaxing. No wonder Lonely Planet chose the city as one of the world’s top 10 cities to visit in 2016!

Sunset at Giant s Causeway in North Antrim, Northern Ireland

Sunset at Giant s Causeway in North Antrim, Northern Ireland

Travel north and experience the iconic Causeway Coastal route in Northern Ireland. You can visit the UNESCO world heritage site, the Giant’s Causeway and learn tales from storytellers of the mythical land of giants! For those of you who are into Game of Thrones, experience many of the famous filming locations such as Winterfell (Castle Ward), or try your luck at archery dressed in Game of Thrones themed costumes!

Travel west to experience true rugged beauty! The Wild Atlantic Way is a sensational journey of soaring cliffs and buzzing towns and cities, of hidden beaches and epic bays. So whether you drive it from end-to-end, or dip into it as the mood strikes, it’s going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. At 2,500kms, it’s the world’s longest defined coastal touring route.

Travel east, peel back the layers of history and discover a story that unfolds in the vast green landscapes that seduced a millennia of settlers from Ancient Man to Early-Christians and Medieval Lords to Colonial Settlers. On your journey, immerse yourself in history as you are greeted by prehistoric wonders, monastic marvels, magnificent castles and grand estates at every turn. With sites older than the Pyramids, Ireland’s Ancient East is your opportunity to explore 5,000 years of European history!

The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare are one of the tallest sea cliffs in Ireland and is a popular tourist destination.

The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare are one of the tallest sea cliffs in Ireland.

As well as sightseeing and iconic cities, Ireland also offers many outdoor experiences that will plug you right into the most beautiful scenery, history and culture. From heavenly hikes and adventurous cycling routes, to horse riding trails and stunning golf courses, Ireland has something to please every traveller. As the old Irish saying goes, “Your feet will bring you to where your heart is”.

Ireland has become a great year round destination and the shoulder season is a wonderful time to visit for those looking experience a city break. Whether in the vibrant city of Dublin taking in the Temple Bar Tradfest in January, visiting Trinity College and the Book of Kells, touring the Jameson Distillery or discovering a hidden gem – the Little Museum of Dublin…….. In just a two hour drive you can experience Belfast with a visit to Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre– recently named the best group visitor attraction in Europe. And you can always extend your golf season at one of the many beautiful courses!