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    7 undeniable reasons to visit the island of Ireland

    It’s time to travel again. Pack your bags, check your passports & press the green button to visit to the island of Ireland…

    Ireland has reopened its doors and is ready and waiting to welcome you back. The past year has given us all an opportunity to reflect and to look anew, on the meaning of travel, our future and what’s important in our lives, like a special vacation of a lifetime and a “get together” with our family and friends.

    Here are 7 undeniable reasons why you should press the Green Button and get back to the island of Ireland.

    1.Get back to Family & Friends

    Make a wholesome reconnection with your family and friends on a vacation in Ireland. Plan a gathering or a reunion in Ireland or trace your family tree and check out where your ancestors hail from. Nothing can prepare you for the warmth and compassion of your long-lost relatives, when you make it to Ireland. Uncovering your Irish heritage might just change your life.

    EPIC, Emigration Museum, Dublin City ©Ros Kavanagh/Failte Ireland

    2.Get back to the past and explore our ancient history –

    Reach back in time and make a connection with Ireland’s past as you walk in the footsteps of Vikings along narrow medieval streets. Did you know that there are over 5,000 years of history hidden amidst the lush green landscapes, magnificent gardens and winding rivers of Ireland’s Ancient East? Dig a little deeper and you’ll uncover ancient myths, hidden stories and compelling characters. Dive into a great Irish adventure and explore must-see attractions that will bring ancient history to life.

    Outline of Newgrange Monument, Boyne Valley, Co Meath. Copyright: ©Fáilte Ireland/Tourism Ireland. Courtesy: Sonder Visuals

    3.Get back to “the craic” and the spirit of Ireland

    World renowned for our warm welcome and genuine sense of fun, Ireland boasts the best of both worlds, where history, heritage culture and breath-taking scenery meets top quality hotel facilities, wonderful Irish entertainment, heartwarming Irish Whiskey, friendly people and the odd Saint & Spirit too! Discover some of the “Saints and Spirits” of Ireland, and encounter magical moments, memories to treasure and experiences that you will want to return to again and again. Tap your foot along at a traditional Irish music session in a cosy, fire-warmed pub in Doolin, County Clare, stroll by buskers on the streets of Galway City, and see the areas that Irish music legends called home. From festivals with the world’s biggest stars, to intimate pub sessions, you’ll find the Emerald isle hits all the right notes and will help you to recharge your spirit!

    Icon Walk, Temple Bar, Dublin City ©Fáilte Ireland/Tourism Ireland. Courtesy Paola Floris

    4.Get back to experiencing Irish culture and local cuisine

    The island of Ireland is a taste sensation. Sample fresh Irish flavours, the finest ingredients and delicious home baking, award winning restaurants, cozy pubs, artisan suppliers, local craft beers, the world’s best seafood, farmer’s markets, and mouth watering food experiences. Doesn’t everything taste better when someone else makes it? It’s time to press the green button, soak it all in and savour every magical moment on your vacation of a lifetime in Ireland.

    Dine at Bushmills Inn Hotel, Co. Antrim. Photographer: David Cordner. Copyright: © Tourism Northern Ireland.

    5.Get back to nature and discover Ireland’s epic landscapes

    Feel the magic of nature along a breathtaking coastal walk on the Wild Atlantic Way, a trek along a forest trail or a stroll through the pristine Killarney National Park.  Climb a mountain; meditate at the monastic ruins of Glendalough, cycle one of the greenways or the walled city of Derry; play a round of golf; kayak along the Irish waterways; or go green on an Eco Friendly Tour in the Burren. Experience off road routes, city cycles, rugged hilly trails or take insta worthy images at some of the filming locations of Star Wars and Game of Thrones®.  For more lush green landscapes step this way and press the green button….

    Slea Head, Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry. Fáilte Ireland. © Gareth McCormack

    6.Get back to sleeping well – 

    Recharge your batteries and sleep soundly at luxurious Irish hotels, homely B&Bs, majestic castles or even a lighthouse – Sometimes, there’s nothing better than having the freedom to plan your own bespoke vacation and choosing a variety of accommodation to stay in. No two properties are alike and each one is your perfect home away from home.

    Clare Island Lighthouse, Co. Mayo © Failte Ireland. Courtesy Christian McLeod.

    7.Get back to your bucket list

    What would you like to tick off your bucket list? Is it an exciting road trip along the Wild Atlantic Way; getting away from it all in the unspoiled Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands; embracing a giant spirit on the Causeway Coastal Route; delving into 5000 years of Ireland’s history in Ireland’s ancient east or feeling the buzz of the capital city by the sea? There’s an adventure around every corner.

    Boatyard Distillery, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh © @Donal Maloney. Courtesy of Tourism Northern Ireland

    Press the Green Button

    If you need another reason to press the green button, then we think you might like to get back to making your friends and Instagram followers “forty shades greener”, when you share your best image of your vacation of a lifetime here on the island of Ireland. Now is the right time to plan your 2022 vacation in Ireland. It’s time to press the Green Button and to contact us.

    Specialized Travel Services look forward to welcoming you back to the Emerald Isle. Take a look at some of our private chauffeur drive tours for some inspiration. There are so many special places to go here and our “Gift of Ireland” gift certificates allow you to choose your own customized vacation in Ireland. They are valid for 5 years from date of purchase and there is flexibility to use our gift certificates for any of our travel services, including escorted tours, private group tours, accommodation, airport transfers, attractions, a round of golf, or a medieval castle banquet ….. The list is endless. To plan your Ireland vacation of a lifetime contact Specialized Travel Services by completing the Contact form or by email to 


    NOTE: Featured image at the top of this blog is of a walker looking towards Saddle Head from Croaghaun, Achill Island, Co Mayo © Fáilte Ireland/Tourism Ireland. Credit Line: Courtesy Gareth McCormack/

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      Jameson Experience, Midleton, Cork. Photographer: Chris Hill © Tourism Ireland
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