From the boisterous character at the local pub to the vibrant citizens of Dublin, the Irish are a gracious and generous lot. It’s often a chance encounter or rare moment that makes an Irish journey special. As the natives will tell you, “go where Ireland takes you.” No matter if you have always dreamt of strolling the streets of a picturesque village or exploring a stately castle, Ireland and its people eagerly await your arrival.
Cliffs of Moher:
Stand in absolute awe of these series of cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. On a clear day you can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay as well as other iconic sites. Go to O’Brien’s Tower which stands near the highest point of the cliffs and has been a favorite viewing spot for hundreds of years.
Killarney National Park:
Rugged mountains, serene lakes and lush forests come together to create an otherworldly landscape that harkens back to ancient myths.
Dublin, the “Fair City”:
This modern yet traditional capital city of Ireland is filled to the brim with charm! Fall in love while strolling through the city’s rows of magnificent Georgian townhouses. See St. Patrick’s Cathedral which dates back to the 13th century.
Located in the heart of Belfast, Northern Ireland, this exceptional museum has just been awarded the ‘world’s leading tourist attraction’ – a highly impressive accolade. Of course Belfast shipyard was where the ill-feted liner was constructed and the museum provides exceptional insight into the engineering, voyage, personal stories and quest to find her thirty years ago.
Visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn to learn about the brewing process that produces this beloved brew. Savour this world-famous Irish stout (dark beer) that originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness located in Dublin.
Irish House Party:
Just a few minutes from the city centre in an 18th century townhouse, you’ll enjoy an incredible and fun experience in Dublin. Join in the toe-tapping, rocking fun of this popular music showcase featuring traditional Irish dancing and music at their best.
40 Shades of Green:
Listen up – this melodic song about Ireland was written and performed by American country singer Johnny Cash in 1958. He recalled singing this song in Ireland and being told that it sounded like an old Irish folk tune. Listen to it to set the mood for your trip.
Ah, pubs are THE place to grab a pint of your favourite beverage, relax, and join in socializing with the locals. Strike up a conversation and hear great stories from Ireland’s rich bank of folklore. This is a vibrant, warm and welcoming place to truly get to know the people of Ireland.
Kylemore Abbey, with its Victorian Walled Garden is well worth a visit! Set perfectly on the edge of the waters of Lough Pollaacapull, it is was designed and built as the Henry family home (a fascinating story in itself). From the 1920s to 2010 it was an Abbey school and today is deservedly one of Ireland’s most-loved attractions.
As you prepare to explore Ireland — the verdant Emerald Isle — enjoy a casual dress style and be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes. It is recommended to bring clothing that may be worn in layers and can be added or removed as the temperature changes.
Whilst cooking in Ireland can be considered simple, it’s also quite modern and tasty. Favorites like fish and chips, Irish breakfasts, potatoes prepared in various ways, soda bread, Irish stew and shellfish are quite common. All in all, you will eat very well during your time exploring Ireland.
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