There is a simple aim to Ireland The Best: to create a book that is the only book you need in order to get the best out of the country.
Ireland the Best is part of a new series of guidebooks, published by Collins, the first of which was Scotland the Best by Series Editor Peter Irvine.
If you want to immerse yourself in the culture, discovering not just the best food and drink and hospitality, but also the best monuments and walks, the best beaches and hills to climb, the best museums to visit and galleries in which to linger, then it's all here in a single volume that is portable, fun to read, and helpful.
For 13 months we have laboured over how to describe the best golf links, and the best traditional pubs. We hunted down the best modern B&Bs, and the best castles to explore. We dug deep into the history and culture of the country, and we also kept our antennae open for the best new restaurants, and for who was making the best pizzas in Galway and the best Japanese food in Cork and the best Mexican cooking in Belfast. When we had finished, we had 2,000 entries, and 424 pages of text, and HarperCollins gave it the by-line, The Insider's Guide To Ireland.
We hope the book acts as a portal to all the brilliant people and beautiful places we have discovered, and attempted to describe. It's been an illuminating and thrilling journey for us, and we hope that everyone has as much fun discovering the best of Ireland as we did.
Ireland The Best: The Insider's Guide to Ireland, is published by HarperCollins, £15.99
Photo by Peter Irvine