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COMPASS IRELAND AND THE UNITED KINGDOM Céad Míle Fáilte, as the Irish say One of Abbey Ireland & U.K.’s newest tours, Jewels of the access from major cities, and the United States preclearance pro- North, is a seven-day excursion of Northern Ireland. “(The tour) immerses visitors from North America in the cul- ture and history of this rugged region, weaving a story stretch- ing from thousands of years ago right up to modern day,” says Jennifer McGuire, the company’s sales and marketing executive. On this tour, visitors will explore the wild and romantic beauty of Connemara, unspoiled by the passage of time. At St. Patrick’s resting place in Downpatrick, they follow in the patron saint’s footsteps and discover the roots of Christianity in Ireland. They also take a famous Black Cab tour, where they engage in the history of Belfast, the now-peaceful capital of the north that was once ensnared in a divisive civil war. When groups travel to Ireland, they can find extensive air gram makes travel simpler. They’re also greeted cordially by locals. “Wherever they go, visitors can expect to travel safely, be received warmly, and experience the inimitable Irish ‘craic,’ or fun and banter,” McGuire says. “Ireland’s famed hospital- ity is matched by the beauty of its unique landscapes and the depth of the thousands of years of history it has lived through, making it a wonderfully interesting place to visit with a vast range of attractions and activities.” Celebrating 40 years in business in 2018, Abbey Ireland & U.K. provides guaranteed hotel space, on-the-ground account han- dling, quick responses to all queries and customized itineraries. To gather “a hundred thousand welcomes,” contact McGuire at jenniferm@abbey.ie or visit abbey.ie. Scotland honors youth in 2018 44 January 2018 Music festivals are part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018. position as the perfect stage for events, putting young people in the driving seat and giving them a wonderful opportunity to show the world what they are made of.” Scotland’s annual events that will receive special program- ming for the Year of Young People 2018 include Glasgow Comic Con and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. For a full list of events and activities, contact Keith Campbell with VisitScotland at keith.campbell@visitscotland. com or go to visitscotland.com. VISITSCOTLAND VisitScotland’s themed years are designed with the very best of the country and its people in mind, with lots of events to celebrate history, architecture, food and drink, and, in 2018, Scotland’s young people. The Year of Young People 2018 will highlight the talents and contributions of Scotland’s youth. EventScotland, p art of VisitScotland’s event department, has developed a program covering the year’s events. In July, the Tiree Music Festival will introduce the Elevate Stage program, designed by youth to showcase new talent on the Scottish music scene. One of the country’s most iconic land- marks, Edinburgh Castle, will house Knight at the Castle in October, a one-of-a-kind after-hours experience for young adults. Other events in the program include the Highland Youth Art Festival Showcase in August, a Scottish youth poetry slam in September and October, and the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards in November. “2018 provides us with a special opportunity to showcase both our rich annual events program and a host of brand new events, which will bring the theme of the year alive,” says VisitScotland’s Director of Events Paul Bush. “The program, which is entirely co-designed with young people, will further reinforce Scotland’s