Why should you travel to Ireland with us?

Hover over the Cliffs of Moher, listen to old folk tales over a pint of Guinness in Dublin and fuel your Game of Thrones obsession in County Antrim. 

Renowned as the Emerald Isle, Ireland is a myth we have spent years untangling. A myth that dances up from rugged hilltop heathers, blowing across the Wild Atlantic Coast to blanket unique landscapes and vibrant city streets; it wraps its way around your soul, all at once giving you a casual sense of freedom that will sweep you off your feet. On our tailormade holidays to Ireland, our local historians and guides invite you in for sunrise hikes in Connemara National Park, 16th-century wine cellar tours by candlelight and walking tours of Dublin city centre.  

Key facts

  • Population Population 6,378,000
  • Capital Capital Dublin
  • Currency Currency Euro
  • Language Language English
  • Time Difference Time Difference GMT | ET+5
  • Best time Best time Apr - Sep

Example Itineraries

These are simply suggestions for the kind of holiday you might have. Yours will be tailored, altered, and refined until it matches you completely.

Game of Thrones: Ireland and Iceland

Ever since it burst onto our television screens back in 2011, Game of Thrones has had a fearsome reputation for some of the best filming locations – and not just on the small screen. The show has been just about everyw...

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Antrim, Donegal & Mayo: An Adventurous Family Holiday in Ireland

For centuries, the Emerald Isle has been home to any number of myths and legends with Atlantic tides sweeping in to unveil the new and untold, before rolling back out again to leave you with secret discoveries. The perfe...

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Highlights of Ireland: A Luxury Holiday Across the Emerald Isle

Get ready to head off on a mythical fairy-tale escape from the bright lights and busy streets of Dublin to the far westerly corners of Ireland where the landscapes simply take your breath away. This luxury 12 night trip ...

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What to see & do in Ireland

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WELCOME TO THE EMERALD ISLE

The cities are home to bright facades and cobblestone streets while the coastline is repeatedly pummeled by forceful swe...

The cities are home to bright facades and cobblestone streets while the coastline is repeatedly pummeled by forceful swells. The countryside is rich in age-old legends, the islands are dotted with postcard-worthy fishing villages, and the golf courses are some of the best in the world. A luxury tour of Ireland incorporating both the urban and the rural proves to be nothing short of remarkable and unforgettable. With Black Tomato, an all-encompassing vacation exposes the enlightening magic of this country and its people.

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TOUR THE ICONS OF IRELAND

Small but mighty, the country of Ireland is rich in iconic landmarks, countryside castles, and friendly people. With so ...

Small but mighty, the country of Ireland is rich in iconic landmarks, countryside castles, and friendly people. With so much to discover and explore, a tailormade tour with our on-site experts will ensure that nothing is missed. Begin with a private tour of Dublin, including an intimate day at the historic Trinity College and a few pints at the Guinness Storehouse. Move west to hover over the tremendous Cliffs of Moher, devour fish and chips in colourful Galway, and check into our favourite manor house for an authentic Irish experience.

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AN ATLANTIC PAIRING

While Game of Thrones may be over, our love affair with exploring the shows various filming location is just getting sta...

While Game of Thrones may be over, our love affair with exploring the shows various filming location is just getting started. Now more than ever before, a combination tour of Iceland and Ireland is gaining momentum as something unique and wonderful. However, it’s not all about walking through Winterfell or gawking over the wall the white-walkers somehow managed to destroy. A tailormade tour through these two magnificent countries includes jaw-dropping waterfalls, crumbling castles, private horseback rides, and dazzling glaciers.

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Top Locations in Ireland

If we were asked to choose our top three places in Ireland, we’d go for these.
Dublin in Ireland

Dublin

A steaming cappuccino or a pint of plain? Why not both.

Drawing in travellers from every corner of the world, Ireland’s vibrant, bustling and buzzing capital city welcomes you in like an old friend. A place where the norm is pulling up a stool next to the locals in Temple Bar or flooding into cute cafes; on our trips to Dublin we’ll bring you closer to the Irish action than ever before. Get familiar with some of Ireland’s best authors like Samuel Beckett and James Joyce alongside a literary expert, or for something a little stronger dive into an exclsuive Jameson whiskey blending class.

County Kerry in Ireland

Kerry

A road trip around the rugged Ring of Kerry.

County Kerry in southwest Ireland is as rich in age-old legends as it is in striking terrain; and as you cruise along the coastal road with your driver, it’s easy to see why filmmakers choose this surreal setting. Passing quaint fishing villages and stacked stone walls en route; you’ll reach Portmagee and set off in search of Skellig Michael. Rising majestically 218 metres above sea level, the crags mark the ascetic monks who settled here in their pursuit of greater union with God. 

Cork in Ireland

Cork

Bright facades and cobblestone streets.

For the second-largest city in Ireland, Cork has certainly made its mark on the map. Once a monastic settlement before Viking invaders expanded in around 915, the city exudes history and ancient charm – and is said to be home to the most talkative of all the Irish. Whilst staying at Ballymaloe House, a hotel internationally recognised as the birthplace of modern Irish cuisine, dive straight into tennis, croquet, pilates and bread making.

Best Hotels in Ireland

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