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Ireland - officially known as the Republic of Ireland and Éirein Irish - sits west of Great Britain, on a large island in the Atlantic Ocean. Though the entire island is known as Ireland, the land is actually split into 2 sections: Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom (though it is separated by the Irish Sea) and the Republic of Ireland, a separate independent nation. It has a population of more than 6 million, three quarters of which live in the Republic of Ireland and the rest in Northern Ireland.

Thanks to its close proximity to the ocean, Ireland is blessed with a mild, pleasant climate, with extremes in temperature experienced seldom to never. The official languages of the country are Irish Gaelic and English, but English is more commonly spoken throughout.

 

Getting around

Ireland boasts an extensive network of public transportation in the form of trains and buses that blanket the land rather comprehensively, but do note that different parts of the island are served by different networks. In the Republic of Ireland, the main rail network is operated by Irish Rail and the Eurail Pass is accepted for rides. In Northern Ireland, however, trains are mostly operated by Northern Ireland Railways and travellers will need the BritRail Pass instead, if they are not buying individual tickets. To make life easier for tourists travelling in both areas, the BritRail Pass + Ireland covers all rail travel throughout the UK and Ireland.

For those with more time to spare, buses offer a cheaper, slower and more scenic alternative to trains when it comes to inter-city travelling. However public transportation to smaller villages and off-road destinations may be infrequent (if offered at all), so nothing quite beats having your own vehicle if you are travelling long distances within Ireland.

 

What to see and do

If you’re looking for a peaceful, relaxing experience in Ireland away from the hustle and bustle of the city, don’t miss a visit to the idyllic county of Donegal. Have a look at the beautiful Inishbofin Island, an unspoilt piece of nature featuring rocky cliffs, caves, sea arches and sandy beaches, as well as Barnacle Geese that fly in during winter. Also known for its water sports, the Island is a great location for surfing, kayaking and rock fishing. You can also rent your own car and do the the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s first long-distance touring route. The route takes you from Donegal to West Cork along the Atlantic Coast, promising some of the most gorgeous coastal sceneries you can find in the world.

If you feel like enjoying some history, head over to Galway, the bustling Irish city with a long and colorful past. Once there check out the Lynch Castle (which houses the Allied Irsh Bank today) that was once owned by the powerful Lynch family who was the unfortunate namesake behind the term ‘Lynch Law’as then-mayor James Lynch actually convicted his own son of murder and executed him. Today a black marble plaque near the old prison in the city marks the site of the hanging, a reminder of its dark past. But Galway is otherwise an exuberant, vibrant city, as you’d see if you are at Salmon Weir Bridge during salmon season. Feel the infectious excitement of the crowd as they watch shoals of salmon make their difficult journey upriver to spawn and applaud the anglers who reel in their catch.

Otherwise another popular tourist destination is Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland. The birthplace of world-famous cruise ship, the Titanic, the city is home to the Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience. Go to the actual historic site of the doomed ship’s construction and learn about her behind-the-scenes story, revel in the pride of her makers, and find intimate details about her maiden voyage and eventual tragic end. Besides that, Belfast also features Cave Hill, Stormont Castle and more, for an all-rounded holiday experience.  

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