Experience the magic of Ireland on a honeymoon adventure; explore an endless maze of narrow roads that meander past Celtic ruins, ancient abbeys and medieval castles that sit perched on the edge of rugged cliffs or lie scattered amid lush green pastures and sweet-smelling peat bogs.
What to do and see in Ireland
Hike along the 8km-long Cliffs of Moher and listen to the Atlantic Ocean roar against rocks 200m below. Walk into the heart of the desolate Burren plateau to find ancient megalithic tombs and stone cashels. Roam the evocative ruins of 7th century Cong Abbey or glimpse the past inside Bunratty Castle.
Explore the cobbled squares and quadrangles of Dublin’s Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university (founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1) and home to the world famous Book of Kells. Or head over to Kilmainham Gaol, where the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising were executed.
Cycle the scenic Antrim Coast past towering cliffs and picturesque harbours to the fascinating Giant’s Causeway, home to numerous hexagonal volcanic columns. Step across the rope bridge into the dramatic cliff-top ruins of Dunluce Castle and learn about St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, who spread Christianity from his base near Downpatrick.
Sample Irish whiskey at the Old Bushmill’s whiskey distillery or explore the stately mansions of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy.
Along the way, be inspired by a lively Irish tune in a Galway pub and share some legendary Irish craic over a glass of Guinness in Dublin’s famous Temple Bar or in the antique splendour at the Crown Liquor Saloon in Belfast – a Victorian gem handily located opposite the Grand Opera House.
Tee-off on the championship course of the scenic Royal County Down Golf Course – one of the oldest and most exclusive golf clubs in Ireland.
Indulge in a soothing facial and revitalising massage in the spa of a renovated castle or relax with a cocktail in the lounge of an ancient country estate surrounded by medieval tapestries and rare antiques.
Best time to visit Ireland
Anytime. Ireland’s climate is generally mild in spring (mid-March to June) and autumn (September and October), with cold winters and warm summers. Typically, weather varies from day to day, but rain is generally expected all year round – so pack a waterproof jacket!
Summer (July and August) averages 15°C with a high of 20°C, while spring and autumn average 9°C and winter (December to February) averages 6°C. Daylight hours are short from November to March.