AGENTS booking small group tours to Ireland have plenty of operators with new routes and activities being offered for 2019.

Among the new additions, Insight Vacations is giving visitors the chance to try their hand at the ancient Irish ball and stick sport of hurling, in the country’s medieval capital, Kilkenny, to its Country Roads of Ireland itinerary.

Not only will guests have the chance to get to grips with the sport, a player will talk them through the intricacies and history of the native game, and demonstrate some of the skills of the fastest field-sport in the world.

Irish people have been playing for more than 3,000 years, and there’s nowhere better to discover Hurling than Kilkenny, who’ve dominated the game claiming a record 36 All Ireland titles, since the first official tournament 93 years ago.

Away from the sporting field Insight Vacations’ tour takes in wild and enchanting routes alone the coast, visiting ruined castles, quiet lakes and meeting legendary characters.

Meanwhile, Trafalgar’s 14-day Amazing Ireland itinerary provides visitors with the opportunity to get their hands dirty helping out on Killarney’s Muckross Farms, before hearing a seanachai (storyteller) tell tales from the distant past. It stops off at the Giant’s Causeway, where guests can discover the myths and legends that surround the stunning basalt columns, the home of Ireland’s Pirate Queen, Granuaile (aka Grace O’Malley) on Ireland’s Atlantic coast.

On Liscannar Bay, near the Cliffs of Moher, visitors can explore the area with a local horticulturist followed by a sustainable gourmet lunch.

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