Ireland is a large island to the west of Britain. The Irish Republic occupies most of the island, and is confusingly usually called 'Ireland', while a small section in the north, part of the United Kingdom, is called Northern Ireland. The capital of Ireland is Dublin, while Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland. If you have a hire car in Ireland, you'll soon see it's a largely rural area of well-watered lush green farmland with some rugged low-level mountain regions, especially in the wilder west. Apart from the livelier capitals most attractions are natural; visitors appreciate the lakes, river and coasts, and quiet traditional countryside.