The Emerald Isle is full of natural beauty and a welcoming, friendly culture that is sure to make you feel at home on the other side of the Irish Sea. Your initial thoughts on holidaying there may be to fly, however, coach trips are also very popular, and by travelling along scenic routes, you can truly take in everything this beautiful country has to offer.
Where to Explore?
The Southern parts of Eire are brimming with spectacular areas of natural beauty. The Ring of Kerry is one of many, a place that will stand out in the minds of many visitors’ memories due to its incredible scenery, sublime beach and traditional Gaelic villages.
Just around the corner you have the Dingle Peninsula, another magical area overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The rugged mountain stretching from Slieve Mish to Mount Brandon create an overbearing and impressive seaside terrain.
Ireland’s wonderful mountains, waterways, lakes and coastlines are an obvious draw, from the Wicklow Mountains to the Meeting of the Waters, the Vale of Avoca to Bantry Bay, there is plenty of remarkable scenery to explore, but what about the wonderful culture and cities?
Dublin is the most obvious place to start, the capital of the Emerald Isle is a hub for tourists, with all of the hustle and bustle of a city, but piled in with it is a whole lot of character provided by the tradition that runs deep in the veins of the ‘village within a city’. Of course you’ll find a plethora of Irish pubs, great eateries, interesting museums and galleries and much more.
Ireland’s second city, Cork, is another Irish beauty. The friendly, inviting and pretty city is a liberal and youthful place to go, with plenty of live music, restaurants serving fresh and locally sourced produce, plus a revitalised waterfront and delightful artisan coffee shops just around the corner. It has quite an Amsterdam feel to it, surrounded by waterways with Georgian avenues and 17th Century alleyways linking up main streets.
To unlock some history, Kilkenny was once the capital of Ireland, an ancient city with striking buildings like a 13th Century Cathedral and Kilkenny castle. This city breathes its Celtic past with many churches and monasteries scattered around the area, craft shops selling pottery, jewellery and locally brewed beers.
There of course many other places to visit, but these are some of the wonderful places you should add to your holiday itinerary.
How long would a coach journey to Ireland take?
When visiting Ireland by coach, the time spent traveling will vary, depending on your pick-up point, traffic and the interchange. The journey across country will take about 8 hours or so (depending on where you're travelling from), but with Grand UK Holidays you will have an overnight stop along the way to stay well-rested. After the overnight stop, you’ll venture across the Irish sea and head to the base for your holiday, allowing you time to check into the hotel and settle in – you’ll potentially have a bit of time to explore the local area too.
Wherever you head to in Ireland, you won’t need any luck in finding beautiful vistas, a welcoming community or a great day out. So don’t hesitate, book your coach trip to Ireland today. Our range is below:
Emerald Isle Inclusive
Killarney & the Amazing Ring of Kerry
West of Ireland Inclusive