The Emerald Isle

Forty shades of green and jaw-dropping natural wonders, the Emerald Isle is unforgettable with its tranquil rolling green hills and storm-lashed seaside cliffs to dramatic underground caves and magical forests. Although its scenery is the showstopper—case in point the Cliffs of Moher and the Wild Atlantic Way—Ireland offers much more with folklore and history around every corner. Whether it’s spellbinding legends, gothic castles, peace and serenity, or action-packed adventures, Ireland’s got something for everyone. And despite the never predictable (it does rain a lot), there is always a warm welcome waiting wherever you go. The best time to visit is from June to September when temperatures are at their highest. The shoulder seasons are also popular between March and May as well as September to November.

Connect with the Past

Take a bit of time and breathe in the sights and sounds of the healing forests of Ireland. For the ultimate experience, embark on a forest bathing tour in County Wicklow or West Cork where you are guided through the soft forest floor tuning into all five senses while also learning about the mystery, folklore and tradition of the area. You can also just take a mindful walk in the park. Wildlife is treasured here with six national parks filled with ancient woodland, diverse flora and unspoiled vistas of mountains and lakes.

Moments of Peace

An unofficial count estimates that Ireland boasts more than 30,000 castles, each with a fascinating story to tell. Scattered across the country, most of these were originally built as fortifications against unexpected attacks from rival clans. Blarney Castle in County Cork is one of the most visited. Famous for the Blarney Stone, legend has it that kissing this iconic stone endows the kisser with the gift of eloquence and persuasiveness. Kilkenny Castle is another favorite. The Anglo-Norman stone castle is home to part of the National Art Gallery as well as beautiful ornamental gardens.

Release Your Inner Thrill-Seeker

With some 3,480 miles of coastline, it’s no wonder the Irish like to dip their toes into the water—albeit rather chilly water. Pick up a paddle and go night kayaking along Lough Hyne in County Cork. Phosphorescent plankton is said to glow on clear nights. If you’re looking for more of an adrenaline rush, try the extreme sport of coasteering, a combination of adventure swimming, climbing, scrambling the coastline and cliff jumping. And who would have guessed that next-level surfing is one of Ireland’s best-kept secrets? The seaside resort town of Bundoran in County Donegal is renowned as the country's surf capital.

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