The listing is a major boost to Ireland's recovering tourism industry.
"Ireland is stunningly scenic," according to 'Lonely Planet's Best ...in Travel 2015', which is published today. The list is an annual collection of trends, destinations and experiences for the year ahead. "It is the real deal... its traditions - music, dance, whiskey and beer - [are] firmly intact, and the cosmopolitan, contemporary Irish are just as friendly and welcoming as their forebears were known to be."
Hospitality is one of Ireland's "true" qualities, it says. "The Irish themselves are inevitably at the heart of the best the country has to offer. Attend a traditional music session in a small pub in Clare. Hook up with a walking club and do a little cross-country ambling on a soft Sunday afternoon.
"Go surfing at Rossnowlagh Beach in Co Donegal. Or just strike up a conversation over a pint with the gang sitting next to you in the pub," it says.