The Irish will say they are closer to Boston than Brussels; their history is forever linked to North America and their dedicated interest in the happenings abroad show it. Likewise, Americans are closely connected to the people, history, and culture of Ireland. This bond dates back more than 150 years. Their having contributed directly to our own history and we to theirs, Ireland is more than an inspiring place to visit, it is a destination in which to revel, feel wholeheartedly welcome, and to hold dear.
Since more tourists visit the country than there are inhabitants, vacationers to the isle help support a certain portion of the livelihoods on the island. And, in no other European country will you find a people more welcoming and brimming with the warmest hospitality imaginable.
Like a Guinness that needs time to settle, so should you travel unhurriedly through Ireland. Give yourself occasions to absorb the unique world around. Enjoy a lovely walk about the countryside to discover moments no guidebook could muster. It might happen while meandering along a green pasture lit by the last mist-filled ray of the day, while talking with locals in a bustling pub, or witnessing country folk whispering into each other's ears. More than the monuments of yore and the awe-inspiring sea cliffs will these memories be etched into your mind.
The Everything® Travel Guide to Ireland is designed as a handy reference that can be enjoyed before, during, and after your travels. It is geared for seasoned and non-seasoned travelers, offering advice that is insightful, accessible, and chock-full of indispensable expertise that will be much like having a friendly local showing you around. Additionally, it is an invaluable travel resource for independent travelers, couples, honeymooners, families, small groups, golfers, outdoor enthusiasts, luxury seekers, and everyone in between.
One central goal of this guidebook has been to construct a vade mecum of sorts, containing a broad range of things to see and activities to do. Because of the diligent research and easy-to-use setup of this guide, each reader will discover her own momentous experiences that will make her travels personal and unique.
The opening chapters offer insightful details about traveling in Ireland, such as what to bring and what itinerary might work best for your interests. Following, specific counties are expanded upon, making it effortless to find information about particular spots or regions. Within these sections, not only are sites discussed in full, but also well-priced, quality restaurants and accommodations are thoughtfully reviewed. Finally, because Ireland lends itself to so much to see and do outdoors, this guide delves into a wide range of activities travelers can do alfresco. This includes an array of places to play golf, to go fishing, and to bird watch, along with an analysis of the best places to walk in the entire country.
Included in the guide is up-to-date information outlining the location, hours of operation, and prices of monuments and sites throughout Ireland. At the end of each chapter, meticulous detail is given on the best, quaintest, most affordable, and even most luxurious bed-and-breakfasts, guesthouses, self-catering lodges, and castles in each region. Additional details are highlighted throughout the book's whole; warnings to keep you safe, fascinating historical tidbits to keep you aware, and spotlighted activities not to miss are underlying elements that add substantially to the guide's polished feel and look.
Ireland is a small country with an abundance of rich history, proud culture, sublime natural wonders, and happening cities to keep any traveler satisfied. This book will assist you greatly whether you plan your entire route beforehand or wait until the plane lands to begin your adventure. Welcome to the Emerald Isle, a country of fairy tales where story and song enchant the land!