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Terry Wogan's Ireland on BBC 1

Near Lough Dan, Wicklow MountainsFrom the charismatic city of Dublin, south through the Wicklow Mountains and on to Cork and Kerry, Sir Terry Wogan began a two-part exploration of the Ireland of his youth on the BBC last night. He met up with old friends in the city, discussed the importance of the pub, drink, the Gaelic language and religion to Irish culture and reminisced about his homeland.

Driving south, he first passed through the Wicklow Mountains (left), one of our two new Irish destinations for 2011. Here, you can discover the Wicklow Way Highlights on a walk from Rathdrum to Enniskerry via the Glenmalure valley, Glendalough’s rugged beauty and isolated Lough Dan. Stopping off in Cork and to visit Clear Island, he then took the 180km drive around the famous ‘Ring of Kerry’. Ross Castle KillarneyPoor Terry suffered a rather wet day, but as he cheerfully remarked, “Nobody comes to Ireland for the weather!”

That’s not to say it’s always damp. On a fine day, you will enjoy the spectacular views denied to Terry, as you explore the rugged and beautiful Sheep’s Head and Beara Peninsulas of Ireland’s South-West (our second new holiday) before a few days in Killarney, gateway to the Irish Lake District (right).

With a multitude of cheap flights from many of our regional airports, Ireland is so easy to get to. Escape the hustle and bustle of your daily life to slow down, walk through stunning scenery and be warmed by the charm and hospitality of the local people.
 

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