As the Republic of Ireland occupies just over 80% of the Island of Ireland, the country has become famous for its scenic coastline and villages and towns by the shoreline. The most widely known of these are situated in the west of Ireland, mostly in Munster, but other areas of the country have their own individual resorts as well.
The Cliffs of Moher are the most famous cliffs in Ireland, but the highest cliffs in Ireland and Great Britain are the Croaghaun, on the Atlantic coast of Achill Island off County Mayo, which rise to 688m, over three times higher than the Cliffs of Moher. The Slieve League cliffs in County Donegal are often incorrectly stated as being the highest, but at only 601m, they come in second.
The south and south west of Ireland is particularly known for its seaside resorts including Kilkee, Lahinch, Quilty, Spanish Point and Doonbeg in County Clare, Youghal, Ballycotton, Kinsale and Bantry in County Cork and Glenbeigh, Dingle, Castlegregory and Ballybunion in County Kerry. As the west of the country faces the stormy Atlantic, it has become synonymous with surfing, particularly in Co. Donegal, County Sligo and Co. Clare. A tourism driving route, the Wild Atlantic Way, extends for 2,500 km of roadway along the West coast.
Image: Coastlines & Resorts in Ireland
Golf in Ireland
Ireland has over 400 golf clubs. Courses such as Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Portmarnock and Ballybunion Golf Course are renowned worldwide - Read more
Explore historic Ireland
Irish Castles, misty hills and ancient sites. In Ireland, history is everywhere. But in some places, there is a strong connection with the past - Read more
Food & drink
Ireland has long had the raw ingredients for world class cuisine, fresh fish and shellfish, dairy herds & hillside wild herbs for free-ranging lambs - Read more
Music & dance
Irish step dancing, popularised in 1994 by the world-famous show Riverdance, is notable for its rapid leg and foot movements, body and arms being kept largely stationary - Read more
A holiday in Ireland offers something different with a variety of local and national events and festivals and major sporting events held in its many towns and cities throughout the year - Read more
The great outdoors
Climb Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain. Rock climb & abseil in the ice-carved Gap Of Dunloe or maybe kayak & canoe the deep sparkling Lakes of Killarney - Read more
City tourist attractions
There is more to Ireland than countryside and rocks, as any number of attractions in Dublin, such as Trinity College and the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin will confirm - Read more
With 26 racecourses to choose from, going racing in Ireland is a rather unique experience. For so many years, Ireland has been a dominant force on the world's racing stage - Read more