Ireland Travel

Greens, yellows, blues, browns and more warm hues merge to paint a colorful landscape of pastures in Ireland.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With a Photographic, Virtual Tour of Ireland

Here’s your lucky chance to see 15 images of the Emerald Isle from the Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

Religious lore suggests that God showed Patrick the entrance to purgatory, where the Irish could witness the consequences of not embracing Christianity with their own eyes.

St. Patrick Opened a Portal to Purgatory on This Little-Known Irish Island

Medieval pilgrims flocked to the site for spiritual purification

Scones are often enjoyed during afternoon tea with clotted cream and jam.

One Woman's Quest to Eat 244 Scones Across U.K. Is Now Complete

Over ten years, Sarah Merker has tried—and ranked—scones at National Trust sites in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Travelers won't have to squeeze all of their liquids into tiny containers when traveling through United Kingdom airports starting in 2024.

U.K. Airports Will Ease Restrictions on Liquids and Laptops in Carry-On Bags

Starting in 2024, travelers won't need to limit liquids to travel-size containers

Unlike St. Patrick, St. Brigid was actually born in Ireland.

Meet St. Brigid, Ireland's Only Woman Patron Saint

The fifth-century abbess is stepping out of the shadow of the better-known St. Patrick

In Paul Henry’s own words, he hoped to capture “the very soul of Ireland” in his paintings.

Rare Impressionist Landscapes Found in Storage Unit Could Sell for $60,000

Created by artist Paul Henry, the oil paintings depict the Irish countryside

The 22-bedroom County Wexford estate sits on 63 acres of land.

You Could Be the Next Owner of Ireland's 'Most Haunted House'

Local legend claims that the devil visited Loftus Hall, now on sale for $2.87 million, during the 18th century

One of the pig jaws analyzed for the study

People Trekked Across Ireland to Eat Pork at This Ancient Site

A new study suggests travelers brought pigs from far-flung locations to the ceremonial feasting hub of Navan Fort


A Brief History of Ireland’s Fortune-Telling Mashed Potato Dish (Recipe)

Try your luck with this side, traditionally served on Halloween

Inside the library at Trinity College, where Stoker was a student.

Explore the Dublin Destinations That Inspired 'Dracula'

Follow in the footsteps of Bram Stoker and see how his hometown inspired him to write his famous horror novel

The beach is back.

A Beach Disappeared in Ireland 33 Years Ago—Now It's Back

Dooagh Beach is sandy once more


The 45 Best Places to Eat, Admire and Explore Your Way Through Ireland

Explore this interactive map of Ireland's top destinations

West Coast of Ireland

Ireland's Wild Atlantic West Is the Longest, Uninterrupted Coastal Route in the World

The Wild Atlantic Way skirts the entire west coast of Ireland


A Photo Tour Through Ireland

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, take a virtual tour through Ireland with these beautiful travel photos submitted to our photo contest


The Best Fish and Chips in Ireland

This rugged group of six islands off the tip of Dingle Peninsula seems particularly close to the soul of Ireland.

Ireland's Blasket Islands

On these six islands off the tip of the Dingle Peninsula, traditions of ancient Gaelic culture still survive

Dick Mack's pub Dingle Ireland County Kerry

Pubs: Ireland's Watering Holes

A center for socialization, pubs offer eats, drinks, entertainment and their own vocabulary

When approaching a roundabout (traffic circle) in the British Isles, drivers often see a sign that charts the exits.

Go Left, Young Man: Driving in Great Britain and Ireland

With a few tips and good directions, drivers need not fear getting behind the wheel


Ireland Unleashed

A booming economy has fueled prosperity, transforming a society long burdened by oppression and poverty

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