Sustainable: the underground visitor centre at the Cliffs of Moher helps the site cope with hundreds of thousands of tourists a year. Photograph: Nutan/Tourism Ireland

‘You can’t eat the scenery,” people used to say. A beautiful landscape, in other words, couldn’t generate an income. We’ve come a long way since then,(...)

Best Place to Holiday in Ireland: Mo Sheedy, Orla and Hannah Connolly, Mel Sheedy, Mikey, Kate and Niamh Bogenberger at Loop Head Lighthouse. Photograph: Alan Betson

Could a slightly out-of-the-way tourist spot in west Co Clare offer a tourist model that other parts of Ireland could emulate? Loop Head peninsula wil(...)

Loop the loop

A network of local businesses and individuals on the Loop Head peninsula have shown what can be achieved through hard work, co-operation and niche mar(...)

“Derry is a rugged working city, but what it lacks in hanging baskets it more than makes up for in heritage, culture and artistic activity. From its famous walls to its thriving nightlife and music scene, Derry has something for everyone. It is a deserving current holder of the title of City of Culture. For a small city Derry fits in a lot, but retains a personal feel that bigger cities often lack. It is also an ideal base for exploring both Donegal and Northern Ireland.” Read the original nomination at

The judges of The Irish Times Best Place to Holiday in Ireland competition have chosen five finalists. The shortlist features three remote area(...)