Beckoning from the southwestern tip of Ireland, Co Cork is justly famous for its beautiful scenery, food trails and a fabulous coastline complete with headlands, sandy beaches, ports and fishing villages. Cork City is a major port with one of the world’s largest natural harbours – the city centre sits between two arms of the River Lee. Cork is also the ‘culinary capital’ and where better to start than the historic English Market (covered Victorian markets) at its heart, a busy meeting place with small trader stalls selling local Cork and Irish produce and much more. Get started with this County Cork itinerary.
Galway City on Galway Bay is one of Western Europe’s most chill spots, with an easy attitude and cool bohemian vibe. It anchors the second largest county in Ireland — and rises from flat lakelands to the beautiful, mountainous Connemara region. That helps the city feel more like a big town. Known as the City of the Tribes, after the 14 tribes who once ruled Galway, this thriving city enjoys a strong artistic heritage and a flourishing arts, music, theatre and film scene.
Summer in Galway is a never-ending stream of outdoor festivals, balmy temperatures and a warm-hearted vibe. Visitors come for atmospheric pubs, its bayside perch, medieval streets and lively weekend markets. Start with this County Galway itinerary or this one.
Dublin, where it’s not just about the city; it’s the whole way of life. Dublin, where past and present roll into one. Dublin, where you visit historic and heritage sites and meet locals in a lively pub, music, arts and food scene. Dublin, where you see the Book Of Kells, walk cobblestoned streets, discover Irish designers, follow in the footsteps of literary geniuses like the modernist poet and novelist James Joyce. Dublin, on the coast with easily accessible day trips … although you may may not want to leave. Get started with this Dublin itinerary.
Explore the wild beauty of the world’s longest coastal touring route with this itinerary.
“Find your Ireland. From breathtaking landscapes and rural idylls to buzzing urban hubs and amazing festivals, it’s all waiting to be discovered. There are a whopping 900 miles of coastline around the island, from city beaches just outside Dublin, to stony little coves around West Cork.”