Discover the beauties of the Emerald Isle with the Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Ireland. Over 600 stunning full-colour photographs and illustrations accompany this fascinating guide, which examines Ireland region by region and explores the history and landscape of each area. From the dramatic coastline of Northern Antrim with the extraordinary basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway to the sweet wooded valleys and sparkling streams of Killarney, and from Ireland's prehistoric burial sites and ring forts, and its ruined castles and monasteries to its writers, pubs, festivals and legends, this book is sure to fire your imagination. The Illustrated Guide to Ireland features places of interest in each area, giving opening times and seasonal information where applicable as well as masses of background information on myths and legends, important figures associated with the area - such as James Joyce, one of the most famous of Dublin's sons - key historic events and much more. You'll also find details of walks, cruises, events, sports and suggestions of other places to visit. The book is divided into sections on the 8 main regions of Ireland, each including a detailed large-scale map, with the 'touring centre' of each region clearly marked. Smaller maps accompany each area within a section, providing more detailed information. This means that whichever area you are planning to visit, you'll be able to find places of interest in the locality quickly and easily, so that you can make the most of your visit. The book's 15 special features give a real taste of Ireland, from its myths and legends to the Irish's love of horses, and from their poets and storytellers to those much-loved Irish tipples, Guinness and whiskey. This substantial reference guide is a must for all those with a fascination for Ireland, and invaluable for anyone planning to visit this fabulous island.
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600 colour halftones, 130 maps, glossary, chronology, index