The Republic of Ireland (or Southern Ireland ) is the southern section of the island which is also home to Northern Ireland. Today, it is one of the richest countries within the European Union. It is a country steeped in history, from cliffs to castles and also home to some of the most famous brands of beer - such as Guiness.

Accessing Ireland overland is relatively simple, especially from the UK, where passengers are able to take advantage of cheap 'Rail and Sail' fares.