The Emerald Isle has long been famous for lush greenery, beautiful rolling hills, friendly locals, ancient sights, a rich and mysterious history, and a lively pub culture. A visit to Ireland guarantees endless opportunities for visiting the many exciting cities such as Dublin, Galway or Cork, or exploring the wild wilderness and coastal regions where the Atlantic hits the coast. Get lost in Irish mythological traditions, the richest collection in Europe, a good book of traditional Irish literature, or one of the many music festivals featuring both modern and traditional songs.
Fly to Ireland
SAS flies to Ireland via Oslo, Copenhagen or Stockholm (depending on route) from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. With daily departures from multiple locations, you can easily find a departure to suit your travel plans. Book early to save on airfare and when you choose SAS, enjoy a 24-hour right of revocation on your flight tickets and online check-in 22 hours prior to departure. Passengers on intercontinental flights can enjoy food and drinks on board. In addition, WiFi is available for a small fee. We look forward to welcoming you on board!
If you are travelling with children under 2 years (without own seat) they fly either free of charge or with a 90% discount on the flight portion of the ticket price, depending on the destination. Children from 2–11 years get a 25% discount. The discounts do not apply to taxes and fees.
Road trip through Ireland
One of the best ways to explore the beautiful and charming culture of Ireland is to drive around the country. Here, you can visit both the large metropolitan cities and the cozy villages, full of culture and charm. Two of Irelands largest cities, Galway and Dublin, are bursting with cultural activities, historical sights and delicious local fares.
In addition, your road trip is guaranteed to include at least a few castle sightings, such as one of Ireland’s most famous attractions, the Blarney Stone, located at Blarney Castle. Legend has it if you kiss the stone, you’ll have eternal eloquence. Head towards County Meath to visit the Brú Na Bóinne, a collection of tombs dating back at least 5,000 years – before both Egypt’s Gaza Pyramids and England’s Stonehenge! These tombs are especially popular during the Winter Solstice, where visitors can see a ray of sunshine illuminating the opening of the Newgrange mound.
And don’t forget to stop by one of the local pubs playing traditional Irish folk music! Along the route you’ll find many places to stay, from local Bed and Breakfasts to castle hotels surrounded by lavish nature.
On a hike in Ireland's wild nature
Ireland features some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in all of Europe. Hiking is one of the most popular activities on the island, especially in the southwest – with sandy beaches, subtropical bays and rocky cliffs – and south – with tall hills and numerous lakes and rivers.
Travel along the Wild Atlantic Way, a more than 1,500-mile long stretch of coastline on Ireland’s west coast. Here you can see some of the country’s most mesmerizing sites such as Connemara, the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. Or, head out on the north east coast on the Causeway Coastal Route. Beginning in Belfast, the gem of this tour is the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, made up of more than 40,000 basalt columns formed by molten lava and then cooled to create hexagonal stone steps. Also on this route is the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, a rope bridge hovering nearly 100 feet above jagged rocks jutting out from the ocean waves.
Beer-tasting and music in Dublin
Beer appears to be a staple of the Irish diet, and you will find a number of enjoying pubs throughout the country. In the capital city of Dublin, there are many entertaining bars, especially in the Temple Bar area (though this is also very touristy). Pay a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, where you can learn about how the beer is produced, followed by a complimentary beer to be enjoyed from the top floor of the brewery with views of the city below. For a more historical beer tour, visit the Brazen Head in Dublin, dating back to the 1200s.
In addition to a thriving pub scene, the capital city is reviving itself as a cultural hotspot; with many art shows, and music venues popping up. Throughout the city streets and squares, you can always hear someone playing a tune – from the upbeat tempo of traditional Irish folk to modern pop music. When the evening hours approach in Dublin, it is a must to visit one of the city's many concert venues where local bands are playing, dreaming to become the next U2.
Ireland's hospitable people
A popular Irish saying goes, “a stranger is a friend you haven’t met yet”, and albeit slightly cliché, Irish hospitality is not an undeserved stereotype. The locals are known to be warm and welcoming hosts and you’ll quickly learn that it’s easy to strike up a friendly conversation with a stranger, especially after a few pints at a local pub.
Visit the popular stalactite cave
Located on Irelands’ Wild Atlantic Way, Doolin Cave is home to the largest free hanging stalactite in the Northern Hemisphere – a whopping 23 feet long! Known as The Great Stalactite, it’s hard to imagine that a single drop of water formed this giant structure thousands of years ago. Upon visiting the cave, you can have some idea of how our world must have looked more than 350 million years ago.