Ashford Castle has housed Earls, Princes and the dynastic Guinness family. Picture: Wikipedia.

St Patrick’s Day has got us thinking all 50 shades of green, and with the holiday that toasts the Emerald Isle coming up on March 17, here are some of Trafalgar tips:

Stay in a Castle

Dating back to 1228, iconic Ashford Castle has housed Earls, Princes and the dynastic Guinness family, among many other people of note. Sleep in this 13th Century regal residence, a stay with a story full of character as well as being full of characters that have grown to know and truly love their place of work over the years and can’t wait to regale you with their tales. Get up close and personal with the bird life and go walking with a hawk from the oldest Falconry School in Ireland,  take in a spot of archery or golf, or explore the hundreds of outlying islands with a boat trip across Lough Corrib, on this 350 acre estate – a true fairy-tale awaits you.

 Channel Luke Skywalker

The Wild Atlantic Way of Ireland is home to breathtaking scenery and where some of the most iconic scenes in Star Wars: The Last Jedi were filmed. Skellig Michael, an island off Ireland’s north-west coast – otherwise known as Luke Skywalker’s hide-out (ACH-to) can be best reached via County Kerry where further scenes of the trilogy were filmed, along with County Donegal. Visit County Donegal and explore "The Diamond" as the city centre is known. You will then unveil The Force of the remarkable |”Ring of Kerry”- an unimaginably beautiful natural setting that is among Ireland's most magical and memorable.

Sample Ireland’s finest drop

Beer lovers rejoice, as there’s no better way to discover the most famous Irish export than with a visit to the home of Guinness, The Guinness Storehouse at St James’ Gate, Dublin. You’ll skip the queues with tour operators Trafalgar and be led through the historic grounds by a Guinness Beer Specialist, who reveals the story of “the black stuff” before a tasting technique demonstration, whilst you enjoy the luck of the Irish with a pint or two.

Meet and eat with a local celebrity chef

Catherine Fulvio is one of Ireland’s famed TV chefs and cookbook authors. You’ll get to experience some of her traditional Irish fare with an Italian twist at her family’s Glenealy Farmhousenear Dublin. The charming Fulvio family will share their philosophy surrounding fresh local produce as well as the amazing history surrounding their property and their lives as locals. 

Forage for food on the wild West coast

Scour Ireland’s wild West coast and feast on the freshest seafood with local legend Oonagh, who showcases the stunning County Clare coastline and shares her lifetime passion for foraging. Try your hand at finding Ireland’s finest produce ahead of a delightful lunch from the fruits of your labour on an exclusive Be My Guest dining experience from Trafalgar tours.