Explore the beautiful Republic of Ireland, where vibrant modern cities give way to rolling green countryside dotted with towns and villages offering a warm Irish welcome. The cosmopolitan capital, Dublin, offers culture in abundance with famous sites such as Trinity College, St Patrick's Cathedral and the General Post Office showcasing the city's long and rich history. Alternatively, relax and enjoy some traditional Irish fare in the city's many restaurants, or let your hair down with drinks and dancing in the lively Temple Bar district. For those wishing to escape the city, the Wicklow Mountains National Park has perhaps the best hiking in Ireland, along with some of its most spectacular scenery. Rural Ireland also boasts an array of historic castles, quaint churches and medieval market towns to uncover, such as Athlone and Kilkenny. Adventurous types, meanwhile, may prefer to venture west and wander the breathtaking coastline of the celebrated Wild Atlantic Way.