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Scenic View of County Clare Cliffs

FROM THE CASTLES TO THE CLIFFS

IRELAND CRUISES

From rugged cliffs to rowdy pubs and rolling countryside, Ireland has something for everyone.

Known as the Emerald Isle, Ireland is characterised by its rolling green hills and lush countryside, dotted with friendly country towns, dry stone walls and crumbling castles. Cruise to Ireland to visit the Cliffs of Moher, a UNESCO Global Geopark, about a two-hour drive from Cork, to see where the bright blue waters meet towering sea cliffs, or head to Cork's Blarney Castle to be granted the gift of gab by kissing the famous Blarney Stone. To step back in time, see Dublin's Malahide Castle, dating back to the 12th century. Don't leave without enjoying a pint of Guinness and listening to traditional Irish music at a local pub on Dublin's Fleet Street or Grafton Street.

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Aerial View of the Irish Coast

CLING TO THE CLIFFS

Over one million people visit the Cliffs of Moher annually, and you could be one of them – they're about a two-hour drive away from Cork. Witness the majesty of Ireland's top natural attraction, which stretches for five miles and rises up to 214 metres. Be prepared, though: The Atlantic sea breeze at the Cliffs of Moher can literally blow you away. 

ENJOY THE KNIGHT LIFE

Get the gift of gab at Cork's famous Blarney Castle, where you'll find the Blarney Stone, which legend says will bestow on you the gift of eloquence (but only if you can bend over backwards to kiss it). Or explore the 12th-century Romanesque architecture of the Rock of Cashel, Ireland's most-visited heritage site, about an hour's drive from Waterford.

GO GREEN

To connect with nature in the middle of the city centre, head to St Stephen's Green in Dublin, where you can find an ornamental lake and several walking paths. If you're looking for an animal adventure during your Ireland holiday, visit Phoenix Park, one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces in any European capital city and home to the Dublin Zoo and roaming deer.

HIT THE HILLS

Just outside the city centre, the Belfast Hills offer stunning views of Northern Ireland's expressive capital city and the surrounding bay. The Castle Trail up Cave Hill will take you to these sights in an easygoing 30-minute hike.

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Colorful Traditional Irish Houses

CITY SLICKER

Whether you enjoy art galleries, museums, shopping or bar hopping, you'll never run out of things to do in Ireland's urban centres. Learn about Irish history in Dublin and Belfast, or experience colourful and quaint Cork. 

FOLLOW THE RAINBOW

A cruise to Ireland brings you to some of the world's most charming and colourful towns. In Cork, pastel-coloured homes line the waterfront, and nearby Kinsale's downtown area is home to streets with brightly coloured shops in purple, green and virtually every other hue imaginable selling books, art, crafts and local trinkets.

POUR A PINT

Incredibly, there are over 750 pubs in Dublin and its surrounding area, so you never have to wander far for a drink. Temple Bar is the most popular area in town for a pint, but the best place to grab a Guinness is the Guinness Storehouse. Learn how the beer is made before pouring your own perfect pint.

DUBLIN DAY TRIPPIN'

Although you can cross the coast to the Cliffs of Moher within a day, there are other doable day trips closer to Dublin, too. Wicklow is nicknamed the Garden of Ireland and is home to Wicklow Mountains National Park. Step into the past at the seaside town of Howth and Malahide Castle, which has parts remaining from the 12th century.

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Close-Up of the Bookshelves in Trinity College

FEEL THE LUCK OF THE IRISH ON THIS
ISLAND ADVENTURE

Explore Dublin, with its cobblestone streets, nightlife, museums and green spaces. Then head into to the Irish countryside, dominated by colourful villages, greenery as far as the eye can see and breathtakingly rugged landscapes. And don't miss out on popular attractions such as 'Game of Thrones' sightseeing and Titanic history in Belfast.

BEHOLD THE BRITISH ISLES

Don't stop at just one British IsleBelfast and Northern Ireland are a doable day trip from Dublin, and charming cities like London and Edinburgh are just a stone's throw across the Irish Sea. Just remember that once you cross the border, the British pound is the main form of currency.

TAKE ON THE TRANSATLANTIC

Crossing the Atlantic on a cruise from Europe to the United States is an adventure of a lifetime. On transatlantic cruises, you'll visit tropical ports like the Bahamas and Puerto Rico, but you can also head to the icy ports of Greenland and Iceland, if that's more your style.

INSIDER TIPS

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If you're planning to drive around on a day trip, remember that Irish road signs are in kilometres – 10 km is just over 6 miles, so things may be a little closer than you think.

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If your day trip will involve train travel instead, book your Irish Rail tickets in advance to receive discounts and guaranteed travel.

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Tipping isn't customary in Ireland, but take a look at your bill because some restaurants will add a 10 per cent service charge to the bill.

CUISINE
STIR THE POT 

Irish food is synonymous with comfort. Whether it's a hearty Irish stew or traditional bacon and cabbage, Ireland's cuisine is all about stick-to-your ribs satisfaction – all served with an equally comforting pint of Guinness, of course.

SLURP'S UP

Irish stews come in many forms, but the three key ingredients are lamb, potatoes and onion. Carrots often make an appearance in the dish's rich broth, and the addition of thyme complements the gamey flavours of the lamb. You'll find traditional Irish stew on most pub menus.

BACON ME HUNGRY

Bacon and cabbage is a simple but beloved Irish dish. It includes sliced back bacon – which is thick-cut and steak-like rather than thin and crispy – boiled with traditional cabbage and potatoes. It's often prepared with spicy mustard seeds and fresh parsley or another herb sauce to balance out the hearty flavours.

CRACK OPEN COCKLES

Made famous in the Irish tune 'Molly Malone', cockles are small saltwater clams found along the Irish coastline, and they've become a local delicacy. They're usually served boiled alongside mussels, or in a chowder-like soup with a creamy, buttery broth.

Related Ports

Visit the Blarney Castle in Cork to kiss the Blarney stone, or pop into the Temple Bar neighbourhood in Dublin for a pint of Guinness, or make your way to Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford, to see where the famous Waterford Crystals originated. 

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