No visa, no problem for Ireland! Did you know that United Arab Emirates nationals can enjoy visa-free travel to the island of Ireland for a stay of up to 90 days? And with three direct flights a day, the journey is seamless. Just hop on a plane and before you know it, you’ll be coming in to land over rolling fields in 40 stunning shades of green.
After some duty-free shopping in the airport, where will your Ireland adventure take you first? You could rent a car and road trip along the breathtaking Wild Atlantic Way. Head to Northern Ireland and explore Game of Thrones® territory. Or uncover hidden gems in the fresh outdoors of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.
And the Ireland bucket list items don't stop there...
Grafton Street, Dublin
Luxury travel in Ireland begins with the sumptuous places where you can stay on the island. From five-star castle hotels such as Ashford Castle in County Mayo to exquisite city centre hotels like The Merchant Hotel in Belfast, these exclusive locations combine fine dining, lavish decor, and unique activities – such as falconry and horse riding – for a truly unforgettable experience. And that’s before we even mention Ireland’s famous hospitality that’ll see you treated like royalty.
Fancy feeling like the king and queen of the castle? Check out Ireland’s castle stays and enter a world of vast private estates, afternoon tea, and roaring firesides in great medieval halls. Castles not your thing? Delve into other luxury stays in Ireland. Wonders such as Adare Manor in County Limerick and Cashel Palace Hotel in County Tipperary await.
For luxurious experiences, shop designer brands at Brown Thomas on Dublin’s Grafton Street or Kildare Village just an hour from the city – don’t forget, you can shop tax-free in the Republic of Ireland.
Spend your evenings savouring world-class cuisine at any of Ireland’s Michelin-starred restaurants. And if you’re the adventurous type, don’t miss out on your chance to see the world-renowned Cliffs of Moher from the air on a helicopter tour. It’s the kind of WOW Ireland moment that’ll live long in the memory.
Adare Manor, County Limerick
For a small, rugged island in the middle of the wild Atlantic Ocean, Ireland boasts a vast array of amazing tourist attractions. Enjoy a glass of the most famous beer in the world at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Uncover the tale of “the Ship of Dreams” at Titanic Belfast. Marvel at UNESCO World Heritage Sites from the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim to the Skellig Islands in County Kerry – the latter of which had a starring role in Star Wars.
Here you’ll find ancient wonders like nowhere else around the globe. Newgrange is a passage tomb in the Boyne Valley that's older than Stonehenge in England AND the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Kylemore Abbey in Connemara is an architectural gem that looks like it’s been plucked straight from a Disney fairytale. While Blarney Castle in County Cork is home to the world-famous Blarney Stone, that, according to legend, bestows the gift of eloquence upon anyone who kisses it.
Ireland’s museums and galleries also pack quite the cultural heft. Visit the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin to see works by European masters such as Caravaggio, Picasso, Rembrandt, and Monet. In Waterford’s Viking Triangle, check out the Medieval Museum to discover the Viking origins of Ireland’s oldest city, which dates back over 1,000 years!
The Dark Hedges, County Antrim
The great outdoors
Possibly above all else, the island of Ireland has a reputation as a travel destination of immense natural beauty. Here, the great outdoors more than lives up to its name at picturesque locations such as Glendalough in County Wicklow, The Burren in County Clare, and the Fermanagh Lakelands in County Fermanagh.
From majestic seascapes and undulating hills to colourful towns and villages, it’s no wonder so many TV shows and films choose Ireland as a filming location – the scenery is just so good! In recent times, Inis Mór and Achill Island starred in The Banshees of Inisherin, the Dublin Coastal Trail looked amazing in Bad Sisters, and Derry~Londonderry wowed in Derry Girls. Exploring these gorgeous places can really feel like you’re on a film set, getting ready for someone to shout “action!”
Speaking of action, Game of Thrones® fans should make a beeline for Northern Ireland. You can follow in the footsteps of Arya Stark and escape down the Dark Hedges in County Antrim, which doubled as The Kingsroad in the series. Make like the White Walkers and journey through the Haunted Forest (Tollymore Forest Park in County Down). Embark on a Game of Thrones® tour with Flip from Giant Tours Ireland, who actually featured in the show as a body double for Hodor! You can even visit the world’s ONLY official Game of Thrones® Studio Tour, where you’ll see props, costumes and sets from the show.
Much like the fantasy saga itself, however you decide to spend your time in Ireland, an epic adventure is guaranteed.
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