- Ireland Luxury holidays
With its vibrant green landscape, strong cultural identity and - south of the border, at least - the European single currency of the euro, Ireland could be almost anywhere on the continent, yet is only a short hop from England and Wales. The Republic of Ireland covers the majority of the island of Ireland, with about a sixth of the land area in the north-east remaining a part of the UK as Northern Ireland, and both are worthy destinations for a luxury holiday across the Irish Sea, whether you take a 'staycation' in the north, or cross the border into the Republic.
Ireland's castles, crosses and churches
Ireland has a good number of historic landmarks in a variety of different styles, including very early churches like the Gallarus Oratory on the Dingle Peninsula. This translates as 'The Church of the Place of the Foreigners' and may have been a pilgrimage destination as long ago as the 6th Century. More recent is the 12th Century Trim Castle, Ireland's largest Norman castle located in County Meath. Further castles and churches can be found throughout Ireland, and carved stone crosses are also commonplace, early examples of Christian artwork on the island.
Feel the force in Ireland
In recent years Ireland has found a new tourism market relating to its use as a backdrop for major film and television productions. The Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal features in the final trilogy of Star Wars films, while in Belfast you can take a tour to see some of the scenery featured in the television series Game of Thrones.
When should I visit Ireland?
March 17th is probably the single most iconic date you could choose to spend in either Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. This marks the Feast of Saint Patrick, better known to many as St Patrick's Day (or Paddy's/Patty's Day) and is celebrated on both sides of the border, as well as in cities all over the world, wherever there is a local Irish population. The climate throughout the island is quite moderate, with mild winters but cooler summers, which may be welcomed if you prefer to escape the hottest days of July and August; with record highs in these months of over 30°C, it still has the potential to get very warm during a luxury summer break in Ireland.
What's on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays in Ireland are all about taking time out for yourself. If you want to sip champagne for breakfast, it's there waiting for you. If you want a room with a view over Ireland's glorious emerald hills, your luxury hotel will make it happen. The whole point of a luxury holiday is to provide you with everything you desire, so you can enjoy a one-in-a-lifetime experience. Paying that little extra for a luxury package is well worth it to guarantee an unforgettable holiday. Ireland offers an attentive yet non-invasive service that is so crucial to luxury holidays, and while you may not have palm trees waving in the wind, you will have views over Ireland's lush hills and rugged coast, and the impeccable attention to detail which the Irish are famous for.