‘I’ for Ireland: The Top Travel Destination in 2018
Ireland with enchanting scenery and captivating culture.
We are into the New Year with a new opportunity to make memories that last a lifetime. It’s time to plan your holidays and trips now that we are into the first month. And with so many places to choose from and numerous activities on the bucket list, how about an all-embracing destination that offers something for everyone.
Jump into Ireland! The scenery is enchanting, the culture is captivating, and the people will give you a welcome that will warm your heart. The island of Ireland has a unique appeal, with incredible escapes and exuberant activities just waiting for you. Here are some to get you started.
1. Embark on an Epic Adventure
A rugged coastline shaped by time and pounding waves, the Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s epic 1,500 mile/2,500km coastal touring route. Stretching from County Donegal to County Cork, this is where you’ll find the real Ireland. Wave-riding thrill-seekers and sensitive souls alike lose their hearts to the Surf Coast, where pounding waves and poetic silence exist side-by-side.
For more info, visit: http://www.ireland.com/en-ar/articles/wild-atlantic-way/
2. Lights, Camera, Action
There is a good reason that Ireland is a star of the screen – from romantic castles to the mysterious beauty of the landscape, the island has a cinematic sense of style. Step into the stunning Atlantic island of Skellig Michael off the coast of County Kerry, which featured as Luke Skywalker’s hide-out in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Featuring more Seven Kingdoms locations than anywhere else in the world, Northern Ireland is a dream come true for Game of Thrones fans. Showcasing bewitched forests, mysterious caves, and otherworldly backdrops, a visit to these filming locations is sure to blow your mind.
For more info, visit: http://www.ireland.com/en-ar/articles/tripideas/game-of-thrones/
3. Foodie’s Paradise
When it comes to food on the island of Ireland, start at the very beginning. Savour Irish flavour with simple natural produce that include artisanal cheese, fresh seafood, and exceptional beef and lamb. The Irish food scene is currently exploding with innovative restaurant concepts led by boundary pushing chefs. Dublin’s culinary sensation Heron & Grey is one such Michelin-starred restaurant that creates one of the most innovative menus in the country and is updated seasonally. Book weeks in advance to experience the incredible flavours at this exceptional foodie’s paradise.
For more info, visit: http://www.heronandgrey.com/
4. Sporting Fiesta - From Tracks to the Fairways
A golfer’s delight, Ireland is blessed with world-class courses in some of the most spectacular locations in the world. From epic links to phenomenal championship courses, Ireland’s golfing credentials are sky-high. Follow in champion golfer Rory McIlroy’s footsteps at Royal Portrush in Antrim that is slated to host The Open in 2019.
For more info, visit: http://www.ireland.com/en-ar/what-is-available/golf/articles/beyond-the-course/
Attend the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown Racecourse which features nearly AED 7.5m worth of prize money and will set the pulse racing with top quality races over two days. Not just a racing meet, the event will combine the best of Dublin’s culture, music, fashion, food and jump racing for a jubilant celebration of Dublin.
5. History Rewind
Step into the past at the newest luxury hotel, Titanic Hotel Belfast. Situated at the heart of Titanic Quarter, the former Harland & Wolff headquarters and Drawing Offices, it is the now world's most authentic Titanic hotel. Visit the ‘Titanic Belfast’ - a state-of-the-art interactive exhibition that uncovers the true story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in history.
How to get there? – Both Etihad and Emirates offer double-daily flights to Dublin from Abu Dhabi and Dubai, respectively.
For more information, visit: http://www.ireland.com/
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· Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
· Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 281,000 people across the island.
· In 2016, Tourism Ireland welcomed approximately 10.3 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.3 billion (AED 23 billion).