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The craggy Cliffs of Moher in Ireland provide a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean. http://on.natgeo.com/ZNWPN8 Photograph by Jim Richardson, National Geographic

Ireland tourism campaign The Gathering is big success in North America

Visits to Ireland by North Americans rose by 17 percent in the first quarter of the year, data show, a sign that a government-led campaign to lure …

Guide to the Best of Southwest Ireland

Ireland may have a reputation for rainy weather but without the storm clouds, the spacious green fields wouldn’t be nearly as vibrant. This is …

Ireland From Coast to Coast in Four Days

<i>Photos by Daniel Charleston and Brandon Crispo</i><p>The winds in Dingle Bay are whipping about, waking me at the Skellig Hotel in Dingle, Ireland at 5:00 a.m. And I can't help but wonder, is Fungie all right? You see Fungie is the town mascot of sorts, a dolphin that has been here for the better part of …

Scotland...More Than Just The Loch Ness Monster

In an effort to explore as much of the UK as possible during my time here, I decided to take a weeklong journey to Scotland. Looking to have a low-budget week away, my companions and I did everything as cheaply as possible, hence the nine-hour Mega Bus ride on Friday afternoon that cost 10 pounds …

The 12 Best Irish Whiskeys For Your Buck

Get your Irish on this St. Paddy’s Day and check out some old favorites and new arrivals of whiskeys from the Emerald Isle. Sláinte!

Emerald Isle

First time Ireland: unmissable Emerald Isle experiences

Ireland’s reputation precedes itself, so first-time visitors might think they know what to expect – rolling green fields, chatty locals and a pint for each hand – but there’s so much more to Ireland than its stereotypical charms. Skip the bus tours stopping at leprechaun-filled souvenir shops and …

24 hours in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a walking city – one that repays those who tramp its cobbles with stately Georgian grandeur. So with 24 hours up your sleeve, where would you go and what can you see?<p>Morning<p>Head over to Valvona & Crolla for breakfast. This Italian delicatessen is an Edinburgh institution. Counter staff …

Lonely Planet Irish Language & Culture Travel Guide - Lonely Planet US

Irish Language & Culture<p>2nd Edition Mar 2013<p>Bejaysus and begorrah! The next best thing for anyone not blessed with the gift of the gab – a grand tour through the language, lilt and laughter of Ireland old and new. So join in the craic, forget the Blarney Stone and wrap your tongue around English …

Ireland's best drives

Whether or not you're used to getting into the driver's seat from the right, and driving on the left, Ireland's (often pot-holed) two-lane roads make up some of Europe's most scenic drives. Particularly going village to village, pub to pub, on and off the rugged coastal drives of western and …

Top 10 experiences on Hawaii's Big Island

Island fever may happen elsewhere, but it's almost unheard of on Hawai'i. The aptly named Big Island is fantastically diverse, with miles of highways and - better yet - byways to explore. From age-old fishing villages to modern mega resorts, from snow-capped peaks to sandy beaches, you'll …

10 unusual places to stay in Ireland

Ireland's landscape is a rich tapestry of architectural styles, with Norman castles and neo-classical mansions sitting side by side with cosy farmhouses and contemporary wonders. One thing's for sure, all around the island you'll find a warm welcome in interesting, charming accommodations that are …

Budget or blow out - a good time guide to Dublin

Whatever your budget, Dublin can show you a good time.<p>In this except from <i>olive magazine</i> (Aug 2010), Tom Doorley (writer, broadcaster, <i>Irish Daily Mail's</i> restaurant critic) shares his recommendations on where to go for a bargain and where to go to splash out.<p>LUNCH<p><b>Budget:</b><br>Combine a visit to the Chester …

Exploring Scotland by road

Scotland offers a heady mix of rugged scenic beauty and historical delights. Whether you're up for urbane city pastimes, outdoor activities or sampling the fresh local food and drink, two weeks is ample time to hit the highlights - depending on your mode of transport. There are good bus and train …

Bike touring Scotland, on road and off

Ask most seasoned cyclists for the attributes of ideal touring country and they will probably tell you quiet roads, plenty of places to camp, spectacular natural scenery and – if your legs are up to it -- a few challenging hills. Add whisky distilleries, the odd ancient castle and some of the …

A Scottish-style safari

Imagine the comical mating ritual of the capercaillie bird, the flash of a red squirrel sprinting by and the grunt of a reindeer -- all set against the backdrop of an ancient Caledonian forest, remnants of a landscape that once covered the British Isles.<p>Cairngorms National Park is nearly 4,500 sqkm …

A road trip through Scotland's intoxicating Isle of Skye

Like the finest single malt whisky, the Isle of Skye is an intoxicating distillation of all that is great about Scotland’s Highlands and islands. Its dramatic landscape embraces everything from bleak, wind-scoured mountains to sheer sea cliffs and edge-of-the-world, seashell-strewn beaches. Throw …

Top Ireland experiences from Lonely Planet staff

<i>Lonely Planet has produced this article for Tourism Ireland. All editorial views are those of Lonely Planet alone and reflect our policy of editorial independence and impartiality.</i><p>You might be a seasoned guidebook author, or you might be the person that designs the interface on the mobile apps – it …

At the Irish table: food and drink of the Emerald Isle

Ireland’s recently acquired reputation as a gourmet destination is thoroughly deserved. A host of chefs and producers are leading a foodie revolution that, at its heart, is about bringing to the table the kind of meals that have long been taken for granted on well-run Irish farms.<p>Coupled with the …

Ireland’s best trips: Ancient Ireland

Ireland is a road-tripper's dream, with scenery and history in every direction. To turn your car into an instant time machine, all you have to do is hit the road and wind your way through middle Ireland’s collection of ancient tombs, Celtic sites and monastic cities, covering 3000 years in just …

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