For anyone unfamiliar with the Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Giant’s Causeway and Ring of Kerry, it’s time to set off for the Emerald Isle to discover (or rediscover) these and other natural wonders, and Air Transat makes Ireland accessible to Canadians with departures from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.
Air Transat flies direct to Dublin from Toronto (five times a week) and via connecting flights from Montreal (five times a week), Vancouver (five times a week) and Calgary (four times a week). For the full experience, Transat also offers the “Magic of Ireland” tour, as well as five packages combining iconic destinations such as Dublin, Galway, Kerry and Belfast.
Breathtaking nature: Rising up 214 metres and stretching along the Atlantic coast for eight km, the majestic Cliffs of Moher tend to leave visitors speechless. Also legendary are the 40,000 basalt columns that dip into the water, better known as the Giant’s Causeway, a mysterious approach to the ocean at the northernmost tip of Ireland.
Pubs: a gateway to Irish tradition: In the capital’s famed Temple Bar area in the east of Ireland, Galway in the west, Belfast in the north and in every city and village in between, pubs are a common sight. At the very heart of everyday life in Ireland, they’re a perfect place for locals to socialize. Regulars know that when they order “a pint,” they can expect a frothy Guinness, the nation’s famous dry stout.
Of course, Ireland is also a whisky country; it’s been making the triple-distilled spirit from barley and rye for some 1,500 years. Pot still, single malt, single grain or blended, connoisseurs will delight in discovering every nuance in taste and aroma.