When Irish eyes are smiling, said a sage, watch your step. To some, Ireland has the charm of a country still living spiritually in the 18th century. To others it has avivid theatricality, combining dreams and desolation, diocy and intellect into an alluring cocktail. And Ireland's history, a bloody litany of love-hate relationships, is as compelling as it is turbulent.
If you think you understand Ireland, they say, your've been misinformed.ButINSIGHT GUIDE;IRELAND aims to prove them wrong. Put together by an expert team of writers and photographers, more than 300 pages guide you through all of Ireland: Irish history, Irish people and Irish life. Above all, this book takes you to Irish places-the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland: from the delights of commopolitian Dublin to the enchantment of Kellarney: from the dangers and charms of Belfast to the wild beauty of the GAelic-speaking west.
Contains full color maps
Although this book was published about 10 years ago, I assume that a lot of the roads stay the same. The book is laid out into various one-day car trips from various places in Ireland. I am going to use two of the one-day trips during my visit and see everything recommended. The pictures are great, it is easy to use, and very compact...definitely a book you can functionally use while traveling. It isn't so big that it is overwhelming, but very specific on things to do and see. Highly recommended.
If you are travling to Ireland, this is by far the best guidebook around.