Surfing, water-skiing, wakeboarding, sailing, horse-riding, cycling, hiking, golf - Ireland has it all. For a gentler holiday, put your walking shoes on and wander off into one of the National Parks (either by yourself or with a guide). Take a walk along one of the lovely beaches, breathe in the ozone, and watch the high rollers crashing in from the Atlantic. If you feel energetic, climb a cliff, and get back to one with natures - bird watch, see the waves break into the coves, rediscover plants that you thought died out long ago. Stroll alongside a river, stop for a picnic, and enjoy the views.
In Ireland you can really step back in time. Cosy little pubs in which to have a Guinness (or Irish Whiskey, or another other drink you fancy); chat to the locals and find out the best places to visit; see some ceili dancing - join in, if you have the energy!
Being on the coast, Dublin has super beaches, good shopping complexes, and vibrant nightlife, but can be an expensive city. If you want to explore the best that Dublin has to offer, book a walking tour round the city. It will take between 2 and 3 hours, and your guide will point out the major sights and give you time to take photos.
Galway is another city with good nightlife, but that's not all. Fancy making your own souvenir? Book up at the Bone Carving Studio and make your own special reminder of Ireland (bones are supplied!) Sit in St Nicholas Church, with its wonderful acoustics, and listen to the music - captivating! Go to Dunsandle Castle, and then walk in the carefully manicured grounds, and woods.
In County Kerry is Dingle Town. The Dingle Peninsula is where some of the scenes from the film 'Ryan's Daughter' were filmed. Relatively peaceful location, lovely beaches, somewhere to gather your thoughts and plan the next day.
For a peaceful day out, visit the Wicklow Mountains. Sit by one of the two lakes and enjoy the peace and serenity. Or go fishing, horse-riding, hire a bike and see nature at its best. Treat the children to a day out at the Clara Lara Fun Park, where they can canoe, swing on Tarzan ropes, go-cart, play mini golf, or climb into a tree house. Great fun, and time for the adults to have a break.
If you're visiting County Cork, then you must climb the 120 steps to see the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. Afterwards, wander through the woodlands, where some of the trees are over one thousand years old.
Enjoy your holiday in Ireland, step back a bit in time and relax. That's what holidays are all about.