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May 21, 2015 Destination Europe No Comments Email Email

Dramatically located on Europe’s western edge, the island of Ireland is a beautiful island rich with remarkable coastal scenery.

Ireland is the most westerly location in Europe. Enjoying a temperate climate, and an Atlantic seaboard, the island is a unique location where lush green valleys, snow-capped mountains and sublime coastal views are commonplace. Renowned for its welcoming population, Ireland has been acclaimed by Lonely Planet and Huffington Post, among others, as one of the friendliest destinations in the world. 

THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY: A RECORD BREAKER
Just last year, Ireland launched a ground-breaking tour along its western coastline. At 2,500km (1,500 miles) the Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined coastal touring route on the planet. Stretching from the Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal, in the north west, to Kinsale, County Cork, in the south west, the route travels through seven counties and three provinces.

Cliffs, cable cars and kayaking
Some highlights along the route include Dursey Island’s sea-spanning cable car (County Cork), the isolated but beautiful Aran Islands (County Galway) and some of Europe’s highest and most spectacular sea cliffs (Moher, County Clare, and Slieve League, County Donegal). Water activities are abundant with everything from whale watching to sea kayaking to big-wave surfing enjoyed year-round.

For the food lover, there’s fresh-from-the-boat Atlantic seafood, such as mussels, crab and lobster, while countless friendly villages and towns along the way are renowned for their traditional Irish music sessions.

For more information visit www.ireland.com/wildatlanticway 

GAME OF THRONES IN NORTHERN IRELAND: THE REAL WESTEROS

When record audiences tuned in to the fifth series of the HBO television show Game of Thrones, they also tuned into Northern Ireland. A key filming location in all five series, Northern Ireland has doubled as Winterfell, the Stormlands and the Kingsroad, among many others. Increasingly known as ‘The Real Westeros’, the variety of Northern Ireland locations featured on the show ranges from castles, to coastlines to forest parks. In an interview, location manager for the show, Robert Boake is quoted as saying: “Northern Ireland is a superb place to film because you can find spectacular beauty within a very quick car drive of Belfast.”

Even better news for fans is that Game of Thrones isn’t confined to filming locations. Tours and activities are all part of the Game of Thrones experience in Northern Ireland with Stark banquets, meetings with direwolves and archery at Winterfell all on offer to fans eager to step into their favourite fantasy world.

For more information visit www.ireland.com/gameofthrones

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