Ireland


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Five Finger Strand, Malin Head/Christina Garofalo
Five Finger Strand, Malin Head/Christina Garofalo

Ireland’s West Coast is home to many of the country’s most striking vistas. The best (and most economical) way to experience them is by car, following the Wild Atlantic Way. The route maps more than 1,000 sights (most of which are free to enter) along the jagged 1,553-mile coastline.... Read More

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Temple Bar/flickr/René Silvio H.
Temple Bar/flickr/René Silvio H.

Ireland’s capital city has many claims to fame. Dublin was the Vikings’ largest and most important port, it is the home of Guinness, and one of few UNESCO cities of literature, home to Nobel laureates William Butler Yeats and George Bernard Shaw, and the setting of James Joyce’s Ulysses... Read More

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Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome/Presidential Suite

Private elevators, butler service, secret passages, and more space than most single-family homes—the world’s most over-the-top luxury suites pull out all the stops, with amenities that’ll make your jaw drop. But, they don’t come cheap. From several hundred to several thousand dollars per night, these once-in-a-lifetime stays will cost... Read More

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Milna, Croatia/iStock
Milna, Croatia/iStock

Does the new season of Game of Thrones have you yearning for a trip to Westeros? In honor of the new season, Friendly Planet Travel is offering savings of up to $100 with code GOT2017 to destinations selected specifically for their GOT filming ties. You’ll just need to book... Read More

Temple Bar in Dublin
Katie Hammel

Dublin, the capital and largest city in Ireland, is the starting point for most visitors to the Emerald Isle. The home of Guinness, the birthplace and muse of dozens of history’s greatest writers, and one of Europe’s great cities, it’s well worth staying a few days before or after... Read More

Norwegian Escape
Norwegian Escape

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip. There seems to be no slowing down when it comes to Cuba cruises. Carnival Cruise Line is the latest mainstream line to be approved to sail to this hot new destination... Read More

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Rethymno, Crete/iStock

When it comes to European-style romance, Venice and Paris often hog the spotlight. And while no one disagrees that those cities are made for love and lovers, small-town Europe offers some of the best places to stroll, watch a sunset, or canoodle with your better half. Just don’t get... Read More

Guinness Factory in Ireland
Katie Hammel

With more than 15 million pints of Guinness consumed each day in more than 150 countries, the popularity of this Irish beer spreads far beyond its home country. Yet Guinness remains synonymous with Ireland and for many visitors, having a few pints tops their list of “must do” activities... Read More

Galway, Ireland
Galway/Katie Hammel

Set on Ireland’s west coast, 130 miles from the bustling capital of Dublin, Galway may be the Republic of Ireland’s fourth largest city, but it comes in first in hospitality. Add in cozy pubs, great food, traditional crafts, and beautiful scenery and it’s easy to see why Galway is... Read More

 Grand Hotel Kronenhof
Grand Hotel Kronenhof

For sheer escapism and decadence, nothing beats a trip to the spa, where you can spend the day luxuriating in warm pools, saunas, and cozy relaxation areas stocked with herbal teas, great magazines, and lovely-smelling products for your hair and skin. If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy those rejuvenating superpowers... Read More

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 St. Pancras Clock Tower Guest Suite/Courtesy Airbnb
St. Pancras Clock Tower Guest Suite/Courtesy Airbnb

There’s something to be said about immersing oneself in a local culture, and while many hotels strive to integrate, few can match the authenticity of a home stay. With Airbnb, Homestay, VRBO, and a host of other sites making it easy for owners to rent their abodes to wanderers... Read More

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Carrowmore/flickr/K H

Most people associate the idea of a pilgrimage with religion. But if you’re the sort of person for whom a spiritual journey includes paying homage to your favorite authors or historical figures, Northwest Ireland is home to several (religion-optional) sites that are worth a visit. History and Mythology: Carrowmore and Knocknarea Cairn More than 60 dolmens and stone... Read More

Dublin, Ireland/iStock
Dublin, Ireland/iStock

We love deals like this. Great Value Vacations, a longtime partner of ShermansTravel that specializes in affordable vacation packages — especially to Ireland — has come up with a deal to end all deals. Right now, they’re offering a three-night vacation package to Ireland for $499, including air from New York City or... Read More

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Seattle’s Gum Wall/Flickr/Conrad Olson

We’re not germaphobes, but some attractions are just plain gross. Here are six tourist attractions you might want to avoid unless you have a jumbo-sized bottle of hand sanitizer and, in some cases, a strong stomach. ... Read More

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Leenan Beach in Donegal, Ireland - along the Wild Atlantic Way, a great weekend trip from Dublin
Leenan Beach in Donegal, along the Wild Atlantic Way/Flickr/Greg Clarke

While Dublin’s museums, beautiful Georgian doorways, and craft beer scene could certainly fill an entire trip, we can think of some good reasons to venture beyond Ireland’s capital city. Glistening lakes, rugged filming locations, and scenic coastal drives are just a few reasons to get out of town. Here... Read More