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Ireland Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Ireland, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Language English
Time Difference 0 hours
Currency Euro
Voltage 230V

Discover the ‘Emerald Isle’ - a land brimming with delights in more ways than one - on a luxury escape with Elegant Resorts. Kick off in Dublin, the fourth UNESCO City of Literature, a fabulously friendly capital with a sparkling personality. Tour elegant Georgian quarters, like Merrion Square and St. Stephen’s Green, and tick off the city’s must-see sights. Then, dip into the medieval streetscape around Temple Bar, backdrop to bustling bars and restaurants.

Swap city for countryside and glide coast to coast in sumptuous surroundings, waking up to new horizons and days full of surprises. Expect epic scenery such as the Giant’s Causeway and Connemara National Park, landscapes full of myth and magic, littered with castles, palaces and old-fashioned towns. Such stunning countryside brings top-class spectator sports and outdoor activities - from fishing, hiking and horse-racing to surfing and cycling. Additionally, Ireland is a premier golfing destination, home to legendary greens promising fast fairways, terrific hole closures and hugely rewarding play.

Best of all, whatever you decide to do and wherever you decide to go, the warmth and wit of the delightfully laid-back locals will make your Irish adventure unforgettable.

Highlights+
Rail

Sibling of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and Eastern & Oriental Express, the Belmond Grand Hibernian offers a glamorous and luxurious adventure roaming Ireland’s verdant landscapes. Choose from two, four and six-night journeys exploring Ireland’s iconic sights, setting off from Dublin Heuston Station. Huge picture windows fill interiors with light and provide personal viewing galleries to soak up Ireland’s star attractions - including ancient sites, like Blarney Castle, and atmospheric towns like Galway. Days end with exquisite cuisine and wine onboard, as the sun sets over stunning Ireland.

Golf

Exclusive golfing excursions can be arranged for Belmond Grand Hibernian guests. Pick from a two-night tour from Dublin on which you travel to the Causeway Coast and its sensational links courses – the Royal Portrush Golf Club, the Dunluce Links and the Valley Links. The four-night itinerary heads west, starting at the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club on the Ring of Kerry, followed by the Lahinch Golf Club on the craggy coast of Liscannor Bay and then on to Westport Golf Club. Meanwhile, those visiting Dublin can tee-off at the illustrious Portmarnock Golf Club, just ten miles away, for a formidable test of play.

Dublin

A lively, cosmopolitan and friendly city, particularly renowned for its art and literature scene, Dublin will captivate you from the minute you arrive. Spot the Book of Kells in Trinity College Library, before browsing masterpieces from Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet in The National Gallery. Contemporary art features at the Hugh Lane Gallery, including Francis Bacon’s original London studio - walls and floor included! Other highlights include the Dublin Writers Museum, Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), The National Museum of Ireland and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. As evening falls, sample the fantastic cuisine and dance the night away in a bustling, traditional pub surrounded by the friendly locals.

Festivals, Nightlife & Guinness

Proud of its past, modern-day Dublin brings an exciting present and future. It is a global city with a cosmopolitan culture, best depicted in its flamboyant festivals and street celebrations covering everything from dance and food to film and art. Calendar high points include St. Patrick’s Day, Dublin Dance, Handel Festival, Taste of Dublin and Culture Night Dublin. Year-round, entertainment includes the latest dramas, operas and musicals on stage. A top visitor attraction is the Guinness Storehouse, in which you learn about Ireland’s creamy-topped stout in a high-tech museum and sample a free pint in the Gravity Bar over spectacular city views.

Horse-racing

An easy day trip from Dublin, Kildare is a rich agricultural region of deep-green grazing pastures dotted with award-winning stud farms breeding champion racehorses. Spot the majestic horses as they rest in their stables, or watch them gallop across the springy turf of The Curragh, which appropriately means ‘place of the running horse’. This world-class racecourse draws in spectators, jockeys, trainers and owners from all over the world, and a true highlight of the racing calendar is the Irish Derby – a flat race that takes place in late June or early July.

History

Ireland is a land laced with a fascinating history. Charming County Waterford is home to Waterford City, dating back to Viking times. Today, it’s a lively port filled with medieval lanes, Norman churches, Georgian architecture and three excellent museums retelling what life was like during the Middle Ages. Trace the steps of Lord and Lady Waterford’s family around the beautiful Curraghmore Estate, with guided tours of the Georgian manor-house and quirky shell house. Meanwhile, close to County Cork, discover the 15th-century Blarney Castle, home to the legendary Blarney Stone. For a taste of Ireland’s more recent history, take a trip to the 200-year-old Jameson whiskey distillery for tours, tastings and whiskey-themed keepsakes.

National Parks

Inimitable in its natural beauty, Ireland is home to a number of stunning National Parks. County Kerry is a region of sweeping, golden bays, surf-pounded cliffs and lush farmland, boasting the striking lakes and mountains of the idyllic Killarney National Park. In County Galway, the Wild Atlantic Way boasts a coastline of extraordinary beauty, including the Connemara Peninsula. The Connemara National Park is a magical place of bogs, grasslands, rivers, mountains and waterfalls, age-old landscapes where wild deer and ponies roam free.

Giant's Causeway

An absolute marvel of nature, the famed Giant’s Causeway sits on Northern Ireland’s north coast. Comprising a staggering 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, resulting from an ancient volcanic eruption, expect to be awed as you make your way past the unique hexagonal columns of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Part of the National Trust, you can learn more about this amazing formation at the interactive exhibition, before refreshing after a bracing coastal walk in the on-site coffee shop.

Belfast

A place where Victorian architecture sits happily with contemporary design, this forward-thinking city has much to offer. Expect countless museums, a wealth of attractions, and fantastic shopping - from designer boutiques to the fabulous fish in St. George’s Market. Don’t miss Titanic Belfast®, the world’s biggest Titanic exhibition and iconic landmark located on the ship’s original slipways. Other great attractions include a Black Cab tour of the political murals, Belfast Zoo, the W5 Science Museum and golf at the Royal Belfast, Ireland’s oldest club. Evenings in the city bring gastronomic delights, elegant cocktail bars, lively pubs, amazing theatre and greyhound racing at Drumbo Park.

Glass

Beyond the charming cities and rolling landscapes, Ireland is also known for its glass creation. The greatest attraction in County Waterford is the House of Waterford Crystal in which you can watch skilled glassmakers turn dollops of red-hot molten glass into exquisite crystal-ware. The tour concludes in the extensive shop, perfect for picking out a twinkling Irish keepsake.

Climate+

Ireland’s nickname, the ‘Emerald Isle’, comes from the vibrant colour of its lush landscapes, resulting from the soft rainfall that falls all year round. Its climate is best described as ‘moist’, though it tends to brighten up quickly and is rarely extreme. So, always expect a mix of sunshine and rain, even in summer. May and June is a good time to visit, with warm temperatures and long days. In winter, the country often experiences cold spells, frost and sometimes snow on higher ground. The west coast can be prone to cloud and mist, with savage winter storms.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Ireland.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January570
February560
March770
April850
May1150
June1470
July1650
August1680
September1460
October1180
November860
December780

Getting There+

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Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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