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If it is your first time to go across the pond from the USA or your 20th, Ireland should be on your bucket list of places to visit.  It is the closest European destination to the USA & Canada and has no language barrier.

Ireland can be visited all year round because the weather there offers a temperate climate.  (Summer 60s – 70s, Fall/Spring mid-50s, Winters low 40s) 

There are 3 international airports in Ireland:  Dublin, Shannon and Belfast.  You may also reach Ireland by ferry from Britain and Europe.   The main airlines that fly into Ireland from the USA are:  Aer Lingus, American Airlines, Delta and United.  Many people coming from the USA or Canada fly into Dublin, the Capital of Ireland.

Dublin, Ireland is one of the oldest cities in Europe. In Dublin, there is a wide variety of things to see and do.   Start your day at Trinity College’s beautiful Old Library, home to the Book of Kells, dating from around 800 AD then visit. St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Teeling Distillery (the only working distillery in Dublin), Dublin Zoo, Grafton Street, Dalkey Castle and Guinness Brewery.

From the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher on the rugged Western Seaboard to the amazing Killarney National Park, there is so much to see and do in this country. Some of the most well-known sights are the Ring of Kerry, Blarney Stone, and the Dingle Peninsula.  One of the best ways to explore Ireland is by renting a car.  Ireland is approximately the size of the state of Indiana, making it easily accessible by car.   Make reservations ahead of time for some amazing Bed & Breakfasts or if you like to be more spontaneous do an open voucher Bed & Breakfast trip. Staying at Bed &Breakfasts allows you to get to know the locals as well as travelers from all over the world while also enjoying a full Irish breakfast.  You may also choose to stay in one of the many castle hotels and pretend you are royalty for the night.

If self-drive is not your thing and you want to sit back and relax and just enjoy the scenery, there are many small and large group tours to choose from that offer wonderful itineraries for sightseeing throughout Ireland. 

Ireland has many festivals year round from Jazz festivals to Oyster festivals, there is something for everybody.  Pubs will be busier than usual during these festivals.  Experience “The Craic” – the art of having a good time.  More than 50 million people in North America have some Irish heritage --If ye aren't – not to worry because the Irish believe “Everyone is a little Irish especially on Saint Patrick's Day”.


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