26 September 2023

Lonely Planet’s Experience Guides: Ireland

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Reviewed by Rama Gaind.

Price: $34.99.

Here’s another opportunity to get away from the everyday … this time to Ireland … with help from the experts at Lonely Planet.

This is where you discover Gaelic culture and celebrate ancient Celtic festivals. Follow in the footsteps of literary greats. Hike along the coast, splash in the sea and kayak around peaceful loughs. Take the scenic route through moody mountains. Feel exhilarated by soaring sea cliffs, pristine beaches and wild Atlantic Ocean. Spot nesting seabirds and marine mammals. Sip pints of creamy stout. Feast on fresh local produce. Tap your feet to traditional music. See the North’s complicated history reflected on its painted walls.

Listen to Irish people speak and you’ll hear a distinct rhythm and an often-poetic turn of phrase. Ireland’s strong tradition of storytelling is reflected in it remarkable literary output, which includes works by James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, WB Yeats, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney.

Take the opportunity and start planning your next overseas trip. All the information you need is here, beautifully illustrated with pull-out maps and details of the best experiences to savour. Also keep a look out for something more meaningful than a pint of green beer.

Ireland is famous for its scenic coastlines, towns and villages along the shoreline. The most famous landmarks on the Emerald Isle include the Cliffs of Moher, Giant’s Causeway, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway, Ring of Kerry, Book of Kells and Dublin Castle exterior tour.

Name one of the nicknames for Ireland? If you answer correctly, you could win a copy of Lonely Planet’s Experience Guides: Ireland. Entries should be sent to [email protected] by Monday, 1 August 2022. Names of the winners will be announced in Frank Cassidy’s PS-sssst…! column on 2 August 2022.

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