Ireland is a land steeped in Celtic tradition, emerald green meadows, blustery coastlines and searing cliffs. It is also the birthplace of some of history's greatest writers such as James Joyce and CS Lewis. From gorgeous landscapes and bucolic countryside dotted with medieval castles to bustling cities and inspiring festivals, visitors on a trip to Ireland will be struck by its scenery, epic history and cultural diversity. Ireland has three main international airports providing a gateway to the world. The biggest one is Dublin Airport, followed by Cork in the south and Shannon in the southwest. They are served by major airlines that include Aer Lingus, Ryanair and Thomson Airways.
Dublin is a multi-layered capital with centuries-old history, a warm personality, elegant architecture and a lively nightlife. Whether you want to sip a pint of Guinness in a raucous pub, savour exciting food, gain insight into the city's past on a walking tour of the historical quarter or go shopping, there are plenty of fun sights waiting to be discovered. Cork is Ireland's second largest city and is fuelled by a thriving culinary scene, picturesque old town and a plethora of cultural events. It is also the jumping off point for some of Ireland's most charming countryside and fishing villages. Wherever you choose to spend your time you'll be sure to marvel at Ireland's unparalleled beauty, radiating throughout the land.