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Why Visit Ireland
Plan a holiday in Ireland, a business trip, or just discover the country driving your hired Motorhome or Campervan, Experience new things, have fun and relax. From the bright lights of Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Kilkenny and Waterford in the Republic of Ireland, and Belfast, Londonderry, Newry, Lisburn and Armagh in Northern Ireland, to the breathtaking countryside in between - Ireland can deliver a host of activities along the way!

Ireland is the third-largest island in Europe, and the twentieth-largest island in the world. It lies to the north-west of continental Europe and is surrounded by hundreds of islands and islets. To the east of Ireland, separated by the Irish Sea, is the island of Great Britain. Politically, the sovereign country of Ireland (described as the Republic of Ireland) covers five-sixths of the island, with Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom) covering the remainder in the north-east.

There are three World Heritage Sites on the island; these are the Bend of the Boyne, Skellig Michael and the Giant's Causeway. A number of other places are on the tentative list, for example the Burren and Mount Stewart.

Some of the most visited sites in Ireland include Bunratty Castle, the Rock of Cashel, the Cliffs of Moher, Holy Cross Abbey and Blarney Castle. Historically important monastic sites include Glendalough and Clonmacnoise, which are maintained as national monuments.

Dublin is the most heavily touristed region, and home to several top attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse and Book of Kells. The west and south west (including the Killarney and Dingle regions in County Kerry, and Galway and the Aran Islands) are also popular tourist destinations.

Popular Destinations in Ireland:

Cork - County Cork is located in the south of Ireland and is the largest county in the country, so it's packed with lots of things for you to see and do. Along with its wild rugged beauty, is has a picturesque harbour, lots of clean sandy beaches, three remote peninsulas and some idyllic islands. It is also a county with a wealth of historical and cultural attractions.

Kerry - Kerry, also known as 'The Kingdom', is located in the southwest corner of Ireland and is renowned the world over for its outstanding beauty. It is fringed by the Atlantic Ocean so it's got miles of coastline along its three peninsulas, Ireland's highest mountain Carrauntoohill (approx 3409 ft), a national park, blue-flag beaches and one of the country's most scenic driving routes.

Galway - County Galway is located in the beautiful west of Ireland. It is famed the world over for its raw natural beauty, the Connemara landscape, its island studded coastline, and vibrant Galway city, the most westerly city in Europe.

Wexford - Wexford is located on the south east corner of Ireland. The south east is known as the "sunny south east" as it enjoys more hours of sunshine than any other part of Ireland, making County Wexford the ideal holiday destination. It has so much to offer with blue flag beaches, pretty seaside towns, a beautiful landscape in which to enjoy outdoor activities and a wealth of historical attractions.

Wicklow - Wicklow is located directly below County Dublin on the east coast of Ireland. This is a county blessed with a mix of purple mountains, waterfalls, golden sandy beaches and wooded glens and it's this natural beauty that gives Wicklow the title 'Garden of Ireland'.

Clare - Clare is located on the west coast of Ireland. It's a county renowned for its sheer beauty, dramatic coastline and charming little villages. Clare is surrounded by Galway Bay to the north, the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the River Shannon, Ireland's longest river to the east, flowing from Lough Derg all the way down to the ocean at the tip of Clare's Loop Head.

Limerick - Limerick city has an interesting, colourful history and its castles, ancient walls and museums bear witness to this. Limerick's City Charter is older than that of London's and in 1997 the city celebrated the 800th anniversary of its signing.

Getting Around in Ireland:

By Land:
Ireland Motorhome Rental
Hire a motorhome and tour Ireland. Excellent campsites are available for tourers throughout . This is a perfect solution to family road holidays in Ireland with Kamp Easi & Bunk Campers Hire ranging in model from 2 to 6 berths motorhomes.Choose Rental depots from: Belfast and Dublin

Ireland Car Leasing
If you wish to travel by car, we have the following Car leasing in Ireland suppliers to choose from, Renault Leasing, Peugeot Car Leasing, Citroen Car Leasing

By Car:
Ireland Car Rental
Would you like to try Car Hire in Ireland ?, We can help you with that too. Ireland Car Rental

Ireland Rail Passes
Travelling by Train is your preference, we help you with your Rail passes, check our Ireland Eurail Passes rates here.

By Water:
Ireland Canalboat Rental
If your desire is to explore Ireland Canals , We have 2 Canalboat rental suppliers. Locaboat Holidays and Le Boat Canal Boat Hire. We can help taylor your holiday that will suit your needs.You can choose your bases from: Ballinamore , Banagher, Belturbet, Carrick on Shannon & Portumna.

River Cruising in Ireland
Would you like to try River Cruising in Ireland?, We can help you with that too. Our European Waterways supplier with bases in Athlone, Banagher, Galway, Killaloe, Portuma - River Shannon.

Ireland Climate:
Overall, Ireland has a mild but changeable oceanic climate with few extremes. The warmest recorded air temperature was 33.3 °C (91.94 °F) at Kilkenny Castle, County Kilkenny on 26 June 1887, whereas the lowest recorded temperature was -19.1 °C (-2.38 °F) at Markree Castle, County Sligo on 16 January 1881.

Other statistics show that the greatest recorded annual rainfall was 3,964.9 mm (156.1 in) in the Ballaghbeena Gap in 1960. The driest year on record was 1887, with only 356.6 mm (14.0 in) of rain recorded at Glasnevin, while the longest period of absolute drought was in Limerick where there was no recorded rainfall over 38 days during April and May 1938.

The climate is typically insular, and as a result of the moderating moist winds which ordinarily prevail from the South-Western Atlantic, it is temperate, avoiding the extremes in temperature of many other areas in the world at similar latitudes

Irish Cuisine:
Irish cuisine takes its influence from the crops grown and animals farmed in its temperate climate. The introduction of the potato in the second half of the sixteenth century heavily influenced cuisine thereafter. Irish beef is exported world-wide and renouned for its high quality.

Other examples of Irish meals are Irish stew, and bacon and cabbage (boiled together in water). Boxty, a type of potato pancake, is another traditional dish. A dish mostly particular to Dublin is coddle, which involves boiled pork sausages. Ireland is famous for the Irish breakfast, a fried (or grilled) meal generally comprising bacon, egg, sausage, black and white pudding, fried tomato and which may also include fried potato farls or fried potato slices.

Colcannon is a good dish made of potato and wild garlic (the earliest form), cabbage or curly kale, (compare bubble and squeak). Champ consists of mashed potato into which chopped scallions (spring onions) are mixed.

Traditional Irish breads include soda bread, wheaten bread, soda farls, and blaa, a doughy white bread roll particular to Waterford.


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