There are few driving routes that rival the Wild Atlantic Way, the world’s longest coastal road, for extravagant scenery. Lofty mountain peaks, towering crags, shimmering beaches and tranquil coves all illustrate the wild spirit of this mysterious land. This is the very essence of the Ireland made famous in poetry, music and film. In recent years, signposting along the Wild Atlantic Way has been improved, making it much easier for tourists to navigate the untamed terrain.
Get ready for ice cream on the beach, camping under the stars, and plenty of new and exciting places to explore! We know planning ahead can be difficult – especially if you’re juggling a whole family’s schedule – and now the gloomy weather has gone and ruined your staycation plans. But never fear, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy a spot of sunshine this summer holiday with these last minute break ideas. Whether you have a week or a day, take a look at some of these fantastic deals on our crossings this August.
Set along the Wild Atlantic Way on Ireland’s west coast, Galway is a thriving, bohemian city that is often referred to as the country’s cultural heart. As well as having plenty of beaches and expansive promenades perfect for a seaside escape, the city’s network of cobbled streets, colourful shops and folky bars are a joy to explore for all ages. You can linger in pubs to enjoy traditional live music, keep warm during the winter months with cosy turf fires and try the area’s famous fresh oysters at the local restaurants, all before dancing the night away in the famous Latin Quarter.
After taking a crossing from Liverpool to Dublin, Galway is a quick road or rail trip away. This guide tells you all you need to know.
Did you know that St Patrick’s Day is one of the most widely celebrated national holidays in the world? Every year on March 17th, people across the globe throw on their finest green garments and glug rich, velvety Guinness in a nod to Irish culture. In previous years, the London Eye has been illuminated green and the Chicago River tinted emerald in homage to Erin’s Isle but, of course, the festivities are always at their peak in Dublin. Here’s a guide to the good stuff going on in Ireland’s capital on St Patrick’s Day 2017. Erin go bragh!
When it comes to romance, it’s hard to beat a quick European getaway. Throughout the continent, candlelit cuisine and bewitching scenery await any couple seeking an enchanting break for two. The twinkling lights of Paris or wistful waterways of Venice are standard settings for a starry-eyed rendezvous, but they aren’t the only locations for lovers. There are scores of secret spots across Europe for an unforgettable romantic escape.
Anyone who’s lucky enough to have visited Dublin will tell you its distinct character is what brings them back time and time again. While Paris is remarkably romantic, Bruges is chocolate-box charming and Berlin enviably cool, Ireland’s beloved capital is something else entirely.
However, it’s difficult to distill Dublin’s atmosphere down to a single word. What makes this city so addictive is the unique charisma of the people. You’ll never be short of interesting conversation surrounded by Dubliners. They are famously frank, witty, lively and expressive, with many stories to tell.
To experience this fine city in its truest form, it’s worth exploring the corners that natives take for granted.
If recent festivities have left you feeling decidedly frazzled, a rejuvenating escape could be just what you need. Whether it’s a dip in a therapeutic mineral pool, or a bracing mountain walk amongst some of the world’s most stunning scenery, our guide has something for everyone. Get 2017 off to a happier and healthier start with our pick of the best places to realise your New Year’s resolutions in Europe.