This St Patrick’s Day, retreat to the Emerald Isle

This St Patrick’s Day, retreat to the Emerald Isle

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Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!

If you’re looking for a place to escape, Ireland has magical possibilities whatever your interests. From the bustle of cosmopolitan Dublin to the beautiful stretches of rich green countryside and rugged coastline, there’s something for everyone.

Get active in Ballina Co. Mayo

If you enjoy fresh air then Ireland is the place for you. There are plenty of options for walking tours, from national parks to coastal walks and even mountains to climb. If you like to move at a faster pace, there are a range of cycling tours from guided road cycling at a pace that suits you to more adventurous trips, such as the kayaking tour at Ballina Co. Mayo, which allows you to cycle and paddle your way along the coastal and inland waterways of North Mayo and the Wild Atlantic Way.

The land of the Connemara ponies

Ireland is known as the land of the horse, and from the famous Connemara ponies to the wide range of treks for all ages and abilities it’s easy to see why. You can trek across Killarney’s National Park, deep in the Wicklow mountains or right along the dramatic coastline. There are plenty of options, from short excursions to hacks and treks which last several days so whether you’re already an experienced rider or just want to discover a new perspective from the saddle, there are plenty of options.

Surf in Donegal

When you think of surfing, you might first think of California or Hawaii, but Ireland has some great areas to surf. Donegal, Sligo and Mayo are rated amongst some of the best places to surf in Europe, and there are a number of schools if you’re keen to learn. If you are looking for a more sedate way to enjoy the water, there are also a number of cruises along the coast and inland waterways, a number of diving schools and for fans of wildlife, the whale and dolphin watching experience is not to be missed.

Taking in some culture in Dublin

If you prefer art galleries to wide open spaces, or want to combine the two, then Ireland has a great range of art galleries, theatres and museums. Major cities such as Dublin play host to some major cultural events and there are also festivals throughout the year, such as the internationally renowned Galway International Arts Festival in July, which combines art, music, street theatre and much more. 

Sporting heroes from Ireland

This weekend, rugby will be the word on everyone’s lips as the loyal Irish fans wait to see if their team, already guaranteed the trophy, can make a clean sweep of the 6 Nations. The Irish team are presented with a rare opportunity this weekend at Twickenham, and the roar of support is likely to be heard across the Irish sea. 

Wherever your imagination takes you, take the prepaid explorer multi-currency Mastercard® as your travel companion. It is a convenient way to look after your money when you’re away from the UK and embracing the magic of Ireland. Sláinte!

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