Considering an autumnal adventure or Thanksgiving trip this year? Well, with walkable cities, cozy pubs and lots of seasonal festivals, the island of Ireland is calling. And if you need more reasons to Press the Green Button and go, take a look and see what awaits you on the Emerald Isle …
1) City Adventures
Ireland’s cities are perfect for urban breaks— they’re intimate, friendly and filled with fun things to see and do. Soak up the vibrant culture of Belfast at sites such as Titanic Belfast and St George’s Market. In Dublin, embrace 1,000 years of history at the likes of Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle.
2) Harvest Season Highlights
From Michelin-starred fine dining to hearty pub grub, Ireland’s local ingredients are extra fresh at harvest time. As such, some of the island’s biggest food events roll into town this time of year. Check out the Dingle Food Festival in Kerry or the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival — foodie heaven!
3) Get Cultural
Ireland’s fall festival line-up offers world-class events wherever you look. Dublin Theater Festival, Wexford Festival Opera, Guinness Cork Jazz Festival — take your pick from a wide range of eclectic shows that champion the island’s deep love for the arts … and the craic (fun)!
4) Luxury Castle Stays
Pamper yourself like royalty at one of Ireland’s luxury castle hotels. You’ll find these ancient landmarks towering over the beautiful countryside, from Ballynahinch Castle Hotel in the wilds of Connemara to Killeavy Castle Estate in Armagh. These are enchanting places to retreat, relax and unwind.
5) Cozy Pubs
There’s no better way to round off a day in Ireland than to cozy up in a charming local pub. The fire is roaring, live traditional music is playing, and the laughter of locals fills the air. This is where memories are made and new friendships are forged over a pint of Guinness or a hot Irish whiskey. Cheers!
6) The Home of Halloween
Did you know Halloween began in Ireland? The ancient Celts celebrated the harvest season with the festival of Samhain and the traditions live on to this day. Visit Derry Halloween in Derry~Londonderry or Púca Festival in the Boyne Valley and discover the origins of the spooky season for yourself.
7) The Great Outdoors
A kaleidoscope of colors and crisp, clean air makes fall a perfect time to explore Ireland’s legendary natural beauty. There are walking festivals in the rugged Wicklow and Mourne Mountains. Birdwatchers can enjoy one of the busiest seasonal migration routes in the world and, all along the breathtaking Wild Atlantic Way, humpback whales and orcas can be spotted in glistening coastal waters.
8) Only in Ireland
Enjoy our famously warm welcome. See star attractions such as the Giant’s Causeway and Glendalough. Visit filming locations from Star Wars and Game of Thrones®. These are unique experiences you can’t get anywhere else. It’s time to Press the Green Button and visit the island of Ireland.
Plan your fall vacation at Ireland.com.
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