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Ireland’s stunningly varied landscape means that every vacation on the Emerald Isle is astonishingly diverse. No shortage of things to do here, whether it’s touring the plunging cliffs, primeval bogland and lily-covered lochs of the countryside, or taking in centuries of Celtic culture in the cities.
Kids and adults will love visiting Ulster American Folk Park to experience what life was like for the Irish who immigrated to America in the 18th and 19th centuries. First visit the Irish side of the open-air museum, where volunteers demonstrate skills like bread making, embroidery and spinning in painstakingly restored village dwellings, then “take the boat” to the American side just as the early Ulsterites did.
Go spelunking in Northern Ireland through the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, a stunning series of underground caverns. The tour includes a hike through the grottos, which feature waterfalls and rapids, as well as a subterranean boat ride that kids adore.
Hike together through the Burren, some of the most romantic countryside in Europe. Between April and October, 700 species of plants and ferns explode into unlikely bursts of colour between the grey stones.
Take a memorable road trip along Ireland’s western coast following the Wild Atlantic Way, a 2,500 km route that passes through 156 strategically placed discovery points. From Donegal to Cork, get to know the best Ireland has to offer.
Grab your friends and enjoy a quintessential part of Irish culture exploring Dublin’s best watering holes. Bookish types love the Literary Pub Crawl, which includes performances featuring works by such giants as Beckett and Joyce. The Traditional Irish Music Pub Crawl is known to inspire a spirited jig after the very first pint.
Transat Holidays has something for every preference and budget. Visit the Tours and Excursions section to see what’s available in Ireland.
There are two currencies in use on the island of Ireland. In the Republic of Ireland, the official currency is the euro (EUR). In Northern Ireland, pound sterling (GBP) is the local currency.
Both English and Irish have official status in Ireland, with Irish being the national and first official language. English, however, has been the people’s predominant first language since the 19th century.
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