‘Desirable’ Ireland

Ireland has been named the “most desirable island destination in Europe” at the 22nd annual Wanderlust Travel Awards, which took place in the British Museum.

Wanderlust is a popular travel magazine in Britain, and the winners of its annual awards are decided on by an independent panel of judges, as well as by tens of thousands of the globe-trotting readers of the magazine. For the second year in a row, Ireland took the number one spot in the “Most Desirable Island Destination in Europe” category – beating off competition from nominees Malta, Sicily, Hvar, Crete, Jersey and Menorca.

TV presenter Ben Fogle (left) is pictured with Jennifer Edwards, Lucy Congreave, Siobhan McManamy, Judith Cassidy and Julie Wakley, all Tourism Ireland, and travel journalist and broadcaster Simon Calder.

Wanderlust said:

“Encompassing Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the Emerald Island is jam-packed full of adventures for any traveller. Looking for a city break? Dublin and Belfast offer a range of restaurants, pubs, museums and historic landmarks to keep you entertained. From the Dingle Peninsula to County Donegal, the Wild Atlantic Way boasts breathtaking coastal and countryside scenery ideal for hikers, horse riders and road-trippers. There are endless secret spots across the island to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.”

Siobhan McManamy, Tourism Ireland’s Director of Markets, said: 

“We are delighted that Ireland has been singled out once again this year for this award. Accolades like this help to shine a spotlight on Ireland for all the right reasons. Travellers nowadays have tremendous choice, which makes it more important than ever for us to ensure that Ireland stands out from other destinations.”