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When: As a single traveller, you have the freedom of visiting Ireland whenever the mood takes you! The climate in Ireland is generally fairly similar to the UK, meaning that when you go entirely depends on how much time you expect to be out of doors!
Where: Dublin is a fascinating and vibrant city. Home to a third of the country's population, it looms large in any understanding of the history of the republic. There are lots of sights to be seen here and fantastic guided tours of the city.
Why: Because Dublin has it all. There are stunning cathedrals, museums and modern art galleries. There are hundreds of fantastic pubs and there is also the world famous Guinness Brewery around which daily tours are taken.
When: Ireland makes a lovely destination for a summer holiday. Whilst hardly enjoying a Mediterranean climate, it still boasts beautiful temperatures and has some excellent festivals and fairs in the midsummer months.
Where: Cork is a great destination for a holiday. It is a historic city dating all the way back to 600 AD and offers a great cultural scene as well as some great pubs and sociable pub crawls where you can meet other groups of friends!
Why: Because Cork is renowned for the many excellent festivals that it hosts in the summer months. These range from arts to poetry festivals, from film to jazz. There are also lots of great drinking and dining establishments in the city.
When: Head out to Ireland in the middle of summer for a few days in the gorgeous remote landscapes of the island. The winter months are probably a bit cold and wet for this kind of trip!
Where: Take the opportunity to visit County Donegal. Located in the far North West of the island, this is a lovely location of pristine landscapes with rolling hills and beautiful coastlines - a great destination for a walking holiday.
Why: Because County Donegal has not received the same tourist attention as many parts of the south of the island and offers beautiful and unspoilt landscapes, ideal for a secluded getaway amidst gorgeous and remote countryside.
When: Take the kids out to Ireland during their summer holidays. In the midsummer months the climate can be very pleasant and the temperatures ideal for a few weeks in the great outdoors.
Where: West Cork is a beautiful corner of the countryside with gorgeous landscapes of lush forests, rivers and beaches. There are some off-shore islands to explore and some excellent sporting facilities.
Why: West Cork has a great tourist infrastructure. It boasts some great transport connections and lots of great hotels. There are also a number of water sports available here as well some stunning hill walking routes.