Escape The City: Tour Of Ireland
Take a tour of Ireland with our where to guide…
Ireland, our near neighbour to the west boasts a wealth of attractions for all ages. Each corner of the emerald isle has something different to offer. From stunning scenery and rich cultural and historic attractions to extreme sports and raucous nights out, Ireland has it all.
Luckily for us it’s only a short journey away and if you are embarking on a driving tour there is no better way to start your trip than on one of the Stena Line’s fleet of modern and spacious ships. With crossings in the UK from Holyhead, Liverpool, Cairnryan and Fishguard to Dublin, Belfast or Rosslare, navigating a tour of Ireland couldn’t be simpler.
With cosy cabins, free Wi-Fi throughout, a free cinema with the latest films, on board shopping and an excellent range of food and drink served in the Metropolitan Bar and Grill, our three hour crossing from Holyhead to Dublin went in a flash and was thoroughly enjoyable over very calm seas.
Stena line also offers a pet friendly service which allows your furry friend to stay in either your own vehicle or in specially provided kennels for extra peace of mind on your journey.
For further information on great Stena Line travel deals visit www.stenaline.co.uk or call 08447 707070.
Ireland’s capital and largest city is the perfect way to start any tour of Ireland. The birth place of Guinness, no trip to Dublin is complete without a tour of the Storehouse and the obligatory pint in the panoramic bar followed by a few more for good measure down the Temple Bar. Boozing aside there is plenty to do in this beautiful city. Highlights include The National Museum of Ireland, Dublinia – The Viking and Medieval Experience and the imposing Kilmainham Gaol with the city Zoo, National leprechaun Museum and the Ark Entertainment Centre all great stop offs for the little ones. With high end shopping, great food and entertainment there is plenty to fill your days in Dublin, but make sure to allocate enough time in your stay to get it all in.
Seen by many as Ireland’s real capital city, Cork is nestled in the deep south of the country. The River Lee carves its way through its streets leading to a very quaint and picturesque landscape filled with vast shopping areas, narrow spindley alleys and no less than twenty-one bridges.
Cork still feels very traditional with an abundance of cramped but cosy pubs offering excellent live music and of course a friendly Irish welcome. The food scene is on top form too with a nice mix of traditional Irish fare and modern cuisines spread throughout the city.
Other attractions include the bustling English Market, the Fota Wildlife Park, St Fin Barre’s Cathedral and many a tourists’ hidden gem, the Camden Fort; a 400 year strategically positioned coastal artillery facility.
The jewel in Ireland’s west coast, Galway is truly a beautiful and enchanting place. With jaw dropping views across the bay and seaside fun in Salthill set alongside the pretty narrow streets of the Latin Quarter you can’t help but fall in love with Galway’s charm. With probably the best seafood on the island and a whole festival devoted to the humble oyster each September it’s hard not to be fed and watered well here, especially on Quay Street with its surrounding nooks and crannies. Other attractions including the stunning Cathedral, Galway City Museum and the National Aquarium of Ireland (Atlantaquaria) mixed perfectly with the great sporting activities lying in wait just outside the city such as hiking, kayaking and biking around the Wild Atlantic Way and Connemara.
The north is literally festooned with attractions across its six counties including the wonderfully majestic Giants Causeway and Causeway coastal route with its rugged scenery and spectacular beaches to the historic walled City of Derry / Londonderry. Elsewhere, the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh with its captivating insight into the Irish / American migration of the 18th and 19th Century and Clear Sky Adventure Centre in Downpatrick with its many outdoor pursuits offer excellent value days out.
The North has also gained throngs of new tourists due to the Game of Thrones phenomenon with many of the hit shows locations filmed around the area. Most notably ‘Winterfell’ at Castle Ward in County Down and The Iron Islands at the picturesque Ballintoy Harbour, County Antrim.
Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast with its rich but somewhat chequered history has grown into a very popular and cosmopolitan destination for city breaks over the last decade and rightly so. The city is buzzing with a vast array of pubs, clubs and bars that range from the uber traditional to the chic and modern. The city has also seen itself grow into a veritable foodie hub with many notable chefs plying their trade in Belfast.
With spectacular attractions Titanic Belfast, the Ulster Museum, The SS Nomadic and Crumlin Road Gaol the city has breathed new life into itself as a real cultural hots spot.