In association with: Tourism Ireland
Press the ‘green button’ and book a trip to Ireland as it extends a warm welcome to visitors returning to its shores
The island of Ireland, known for its friendly locals, ancient heritage and vibrant cities, is rolling out the green carpet to greet your customers with the warmest of welcomes.
There has never been a better time to visit, and when you press the ‘green button’, you ‘click book’ on a holiday to the island, unlocking all of its amazing activities and places to visit. We cannot wait to roll out the green carpet and welcome back visitors from Great Britain.
Visiting the island of Ireland couldn’t be easier. It’s quick to get to – just a short flight over the Irish Sea – with routes from multiple airports in Great Britain to a number of Irish cities. Or, if your customers prefer, they can sail by ferry to one of the ports in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. And thanks to the Common Travel Area, visitors from Great Britain can enjoy easy access, with no change to any travel arrangements following the UK’s departure from the EU.
The landscape across Ireland is unlike any other. It’s best explored by car and hiring or taking your own is easy, as drivers with a valid UK driving licence and insurance don’t need an international driving permit or green card. Rolling hills and meandering streams blanket the region known as the Hidden Heartlands – ideal if your customers are keen to explore more of rural Ireland.
Meanwhile, the Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland is a beautiful scenic journey, while on the west coast of the Republic of Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way is one of the best driving routes, with roads covering 1,600 miles, interspersed with quaint villages.
A hearty meal and a warm welcome go hand in hand across the island
There is so much wildlife to be found along the way too – look out for grey seals, which reside in their thousands off the Irish coast. From food and cultural tours in the cities to hiking and kayaking in the countryside, the island of Ireland is full of adventure.
For those who like to immerse themselves in tales of the past, Ireland’s Ancient East is a must, with historic monuments, castles and estates found across a region that boasts more than 5,000 years of history.
A hearty meal and a warm welcome go hand in hand across the island. There are plenty of places to enjoy a delicious home‑cooked dinner in a traditional pub, while Michelin‑starred restaurants are dotted all over for those keen to indulge in some fine dining. There is no better time to rediscover the island of Ireland.
The island of Ireland has put measures in place to reassure visitors that Covid-19 health and safety is at the top of its agenda. Tourism businesses display their ‘We’re Good to Go’ certification in Northern Ireland, while businesses in the Republic of Ireland exhibit a safety charter logo.
For the latest travel and public health advice, visit ireland.com
Common Travel Area
The Common Travel Area means it’s easy for your customers to visit the island of Ireland. British and Irish citizens can travel between the two countries without a passport or visa restrictions. However, some carriers may still require a passport for photo ID, so always check with the travel provider.
PICTURES: Tourism Ireland/Brian Morrison, Valerie O’Sullivan; Clare County Council/AirSwing Media