Published Monday, 18 March 2013
James Nesbitt''s Ireland will air on UTV. (© ITV)
The first instalment of James Nesbitt's Ireland will see the Hobbit star head to the magical South West of Ireland to take in the miles of white sand and crystal clear waters.
"This stretch of coast was once cited as the most beautiful place on earth by National Geographic," he says.
"The water might be a bit chilly, the sun may not always be shining, but the warmth of the Irish people will give you just as good a time."
This is a country with heart and with soul ...
In the tiny town of Dingle, James meets brothers Shaun and Kieran Murphy who moved from the New York suburbs 12 years ago to set up an ice-cream business.
And James even gets to invent his very own ice-cream flavour - 'Nesbitts and Pieces - with a poignant, personal twist.
"Clove Rock was my mother's favourite sweet and I have very fond memories of Clove Rock," he explains.
"Anything that brings back the memory of my mother and Clove Rock would make me very happy."
Of course, there's also a visit to the famous Blarney Castle, where thousands of tourists flock to kiss the Blarney stone and share its myth and legend.
Throughout the series, James will be bringing his own perspective to iconic landmarks across the island of Ireland - including the Giant's Causeway and natural wonders like the Black Cliffs of Moher, as well as less well-known places of interest like the traditional seaweed baths at Strandhill.
Stunning, captivating and endlessly surprising, the series paints an intimate and charming portrait of a country famous the world over.
Catch the first instalment of James Nesbitt's Ireland on UTV at 8pm on Monday.