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Need a reason to visit Ireland in 2016? Ok, we,’ll give you 16 Reasons why you NEED to visit Ireland in 2016! Contact us to book a custom tour incorporating any, or all, of these options! www.special-ireland.com

1. Touch Down at The Aer Lingus Classic

Make 2016 the year you take that big football trip. See Boston College play Georgia Tech in Dublin, one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities to visit this year.

 

2. 2016: A Commemorative Year

Delve into Ireland’s history at several new historical attractions and a host of special events in Dublin as part of the commemorative year of Ireland 2016.

 

3. Take the Wild Atlantic Way

Isn’t it about time you went on an epic road trip? Like the Wild Atlantic Way: the world’s longest defined coastal touring route taking in over 1,550 miles of primal coastline and unspoiled islands.

 

4. Play the Game of Thrones

Let 2016 be a year you will never forget with a trip to Northern Ireland AKA Game of Thrones Territory. Immerse yourself in the HBO hit TV show and say hello to historic castles, majestic landscapes and a journey of royal proportions – it’s as close to the Seven Kingdoms as you can get.

 

5.Wander through Ireland’s Ancient East

Uncover the story of Ireland by wandering through Ireland’s Ancient East, a touring region taking in mesmerizing monuments spanning 5000 years. You’ll hear about prehistoric hunters, brave saints and Viking invasions.

 

6.Black Cab Tours in Belfast

Take a Black Cab Tour of Belfast to expand your horizons and get to know this iconic capital. Explore the city’s distinctive quarters (think Titanic heritage and historic murals) with a knowledgeable guide brimming with anecdotes.

 

7.Walk the Gobbins

Be among the first to walk the Gobbins, a curious Edwardian cliff path hanging above the Irish Sea. It’s open again for the first time since 1954, as are its hidden caves, incredible sea views and remarkable engineering.

 

8.Locate Luke and Find the Force…

Jump into a galaxy not so far far away and track down our favorite Skywalker around the Ring of Kerry….Who knows where he might be hiding?!

 

9.Taste Northern Ireland

Acquire new tastes with Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink 2016. A celebration of all things delicious with 366 days of foodie experiences showcasing our unique food heritage.

 

10. Unleash the artist in Derry-Londonderry

Learning about new things is a classic resolution, so allow VOID in Derry-Londonderry to be your guide to contemporary art in Ireland. Two galleries, six studios and an education centre have culture covered.

 

11. Try something new in Galway

Do one thing that scares you every day, starting with a seaweed sampling in a cozy converted boat shed. A unique culinary experience where seaweed harvested every day from the Atlantic coastline is the menu.

 

12. Walk like lords and ladies in Belfast

Downton Abbey is – sniff – over, but you can keep the mood going with a stroll through Victorian-era Belfast. Walking Tours takes you on the Victorian Way, which includes the stunning Botanic Gardens.

 

13. Get dramatic in Kerry

Add some drama to 2016 with Ireland’s National Folk Theatre, Siamsa Tíre. Located in gorgeous Tralee, this is where to discover real Irish theatre, be it drama, music, dance or hands-on craft demonstrations.

 

14. Learn a new skill in the Lakelands

Head to the majestic County of Fermanagh’s Belle Isle Cookery School and become that chef you always knew you had the ingredients to be!

 

15. See Ireland in Bloom!

Bloomsday is a celebration that takes place both in Dublin and around the world. It celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, which is the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. Celebrated in June 2016 – but if you can’t be there then, be sure to visit the James Joyce centre in Dublin’s Fair City, open year round!

 

16. Listen to trad in Galway

Trust Ireland to host some of its cultural gems in the pub! Treat your tapping toes to a traditional music session in Galway city, an Irish music hub with cold Guinness and warm locals.

 

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