Ireland’s best of the best are…

Four new Michelin Stars

Four new Michelin Stars 

There are more Michelin stars shining in Ireland’s culinary sky: Belfast claims two, so huge congratulations to the tasty trend-setters at Deanes EIPIC (above) and Ox Belfast! Even more stars are shooting their way to Galway’s super-elegant Loam, along with The Greenhouse in Dublin. Looks like the year ahead will be a tasty one!

Best Place to Spend Halloween

Best Place to Spend Halloween

Derry~Londonderry has been named the world’s best Halloween spot in a poll by top American newspaper, USA Today. The city won over other ghoulish destinations around the world – including witch trial capital Salem, Massachusetts, and home of the legendary Count Dracula himself, Transylvania – to take the top spot in the 10Best online poll.

4 hotels in Top 10 Resorts

4 hotels in Top 10 Resorts

Four of Ireland’s hotels were named in Europe’s Top 10 Resorts by CNTraveler readers: Ashford Castle, County Mayo (above), Powerscourt Hotel, County Wicklow, Sheen Falls Lodge, County Kerry, and Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, County Clare! Hospitality is in our nature, which is probably why no less than nine places in Ireland feature in the Top 30.

3 of the FRIENDLIEST cities on EARTH

3 of the FRIENDLIEST cities on EARTH

According to T+L, friendliness “does a lot to make a city more accessible to travelers.” And the travel specialist’s readers seem to love Ireland’s hospitality and humour. This is probably why Dublin (above), Galway and Cork all made it into the list! Oh, and did we mention Condé Nast also voted Dublin Friendliest city in Europe, too? Just one more reason to add Dublin to your bucket list.

Best castle hotels in Europe

Best castle hotels in Europe

Two Irish hotels made it into TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Castle Hotels, which is no surprise – we do love our luxury. One TripAdvisor reader described Ashford Castle in County Mayo as “Versailles but better.” Castle Durrow (above) in County Laois was equally lauded with one reader hailing it as “a really beautiful building on stunning grounds. The food is divine and the staff are so genuinely nice and friendly.”

New UNESCO sites

New UNESCO sites 

What a landscape. We might think it’s wonderful, but UNESCO thinks it’s even better. The Marble Arch Geopark is the first cross-border Geopark in the world, the Copper Coast Geopark (above) has become a UNESCO Global Geopark, which is the equivalent status to a World Heritage Site; while the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark has also been awarded new UNESCO designation.

One of the Most Beautiful Places in the World

One of the Most Beautiful Places in the World

“This seaside wonder is actually located just south of Galway. Inconceivable!” So say the folks at Condé Nast Traveler about the Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs have been included in their 50 Most Beautiful Places in the World list. Stretching along the west coast, these iconic cliffs will take your breath away with their beauty and invigorate you with the bracing Atlantic air.

Bundoran in TOP 20 surf locations of the world

Bundoran in TOP 20 surf locations of the world

One of only three European destinations on the National Geographic list, the accolade says: “Ireland, known among surfers as ‘Europe’s cold-water Indonesia’ should be on the bucket list of every surfer. And Bundoran should be the start of any surfing adventure… This centuries-old fishing village catches just about any swell that steamrolls through the North Atlantic.”

Legendary sites

Legendary sites

Condé Nast included the Giant’s Causeway 6th among its 20 most beautiful UNESCO heritage sites. “… Giant’s Causeway is made up of polygonal columns of basalt protruding from the coast and water. They were caused by a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago, but one local legend claims that the columns were carved by a giant named Finn McCool (hence the name).” —Lauren Kilberg

The best golf course in the world

The best golf course in the world

Golf Digest’s new number 1 golf course on the planet is Royal County Down. The experts say: “On a clear spring day, with Dundrum Bay to the east, the Mountains of Mourne to the south and gorse-covered dunes in golden bloom, there is no lovelier place in golf than our new No. 1.” Champion golfer, Rory McIlroy is a fan, too: “The more you play it, the more you recognise it for the class place it is.”

Dublin: a must-visit city

Dublin: a must-visit city

Lonely Planet chose Dublin as one of the Top Cities to visit in 2016, with some of their favourite aspects being how “An ordinary Dubliner will tell you about their home town over a free drink in a local pub” and how “Dublin has a healthy hue, with people embracing its inner green spaces and exploring the wild outdoor arenas along the coast and ‘beyond the pale’.”

One of the Best New Attractions

One of the Best New Attractions

Having “scoured the globe to find the most awesome new attractions” for those bored of beaches and sick of the same old sights, Lonely Planet has recommended Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny, as it offers visitors the chance to “experience every aspect of the brewing process, culminating (of course) with a tasting – or two – of that perfect pint of ale.”

That's not all...
That’s not all…

Explore the very best of Ireland

The friendliest city

Dublin is so friendly, we’ve turned meeting people into an experience. Say hello to the City of a Thousand Welcomes initiative.

Fabulous food

From farm to fork and sea to spoon, Ireland’s culinary trails give you a real taste of our delicious, fresh food.

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