Are you planning a return visit to Ireland in 2019? Then why not look past your usual haunts and take a planned trip to experience somewhere new? Here are three tours to take on your next trip to Ireland
So you've seen the Guinness Storehouse. You've sipped a pint in Temple Bar and have visited The Book of Kells. Likewise, you've done the Cliffs of Moher and circled the ring of Kerry once or twice. So what's left to do in Ireland? So much!
In fact, you could visit Ireland a dozen times and not see everything it has to offer, because despite its small size Ireland packs an almighty tourist punch. So what can you do when you think you've done everything?
Cruise around Dublin Bay
Have you ventured outside Dublin city yet? Apart from the stunning scenery, Dublin's coast is also dotted with little villages all worthy of a visit. From Howth's fish restaurants and views to Dun Laoghaire's pier and Dalkey's charm, each village is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Temple Bar. Combine the best of two villages by taking a cruise across Dublin Bay from north to south. Just don't let the locals lead you into a conversation about which side you prefer, the rivalry is fierce!
Visit The North
Belfast doesn't make an appearance on very many tourist itineraries, and it's mores the pity as the tiny town is packed full of history and culture. From black cab tours which detail the history of The Troubles to nights out in the Cathedral Quarter and shopping in Victoria Square, Belfast has something for everyone. And that's before we even mentioned Titanic! The Titanic Experience is an absolute must visit for history buffs and movie fans, as it tells the story of the ill-fated ship in a truly unique way. If you have time we suggested staying a few days and visiting the Giants Causeway and nearby Game of Thrones sites. Throw Derry and Donegal into the mix and you might never want to go home!
Take a trip to the Aran Islands
The Aran Islands are located off the west coast of Ireland, closest to either Galway or Doolin, depending on who you're asking. Inis Mor, Inishmaan and Inisheer are accessible by passenger ferry or light aircraft, and are home to stone forts, churches, seal colonies, wildlife and of course, the craic agus ceol. Go for a day, go for a few days, but make sure to experience a side of Ireland you've never seen before.