The Wild Atlantic Way and famous Causeway Coastal Route are just two of the most exhilarating ways to experience Ireland’s spectacular scenery; from winding rivers and waterways, breath-taking Game of Thrones filming locations, to striking Atlantic coastlines – it’s easy to see why Lonely Planet listed Ireland as one of the Top 10 countries to visit in 2015. Soak up the country’s lush green landscapes and rugged coast that have for generations inspired some of the world’s most renowned writers, including WB Yeats, Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker. For city escapes, Dublin’s rich history, medieval Kilkenny and the foodie haven of Cork are just a handful of unmissable destinations – easily reachable from most UK airports.
One thing that can always be counted on in Ireland is good craic (fun!) and a warm welcome from the friendly locals and memorable characters you’ll meet along the way. 2016 is the Year of Food for Northern Ireland, with its distinctive food tradition and heritage influenced by the geography, climate and the long history of its people. Northern Ireland is gaining renown for the reputation of its local food producers and traditional food crafts such as butchery, bakery and distilling, which have a long and proud history here.