It is no surprise that Ireland has plenty of not-so-well-kept secrets, after all, kissing the legendary Blarney Stone is said to give you the ‘gift of the gab’. Those who visit Ireland leave with plenty to say about the imposing castles and meticulously kept grounds, the beautiful green hills and rugged coastline, the quaint villages and vibrant cities, and the welcoming Irish charm. Here are some highlights that you can experience on a tour of Ireland.
You’ll find plenty to see and do during your time in Dublin. You can admire the stunning architecture of St. Patrick Cathedral and Dublin Castle, or visit the impressive grounds of Trinity College. Wander the Georgian squares and check out iconic streets like O’Connell Street and Grafton Street, or explore the thriving area of Temple Bar to discover the restaurants and pub scene.
Just outside Cork is the village of Blarney, best known for Blarney Castle and the legendary Blarney Stone. It is said that kissing the Stone of Eloquence will give the ‘gift of the gab’, and this has drawn visitors here for over 200 years. The grounds of this 15th-century castle are home to sprawling gardens and parklands, a perfect place to meander and explore the trails.
Take on the Ring of Kerry, a scenic circuit that winds through the breathtaking countryside of the Iveragh Peninsula in southwestern Ireland. Peppered by Atlantic facing beaches, dramatic mountain passes, the lakes and waterfalls of Killarney National Park, forts and castles, and colourful villages like Sneem and Kenmare, the region’s beauty combines to bring you a treasure trove of nature and history and magnificent views along the way.
The Dingle Peninsula, located in County Kerry where the deep blue Atlantic Ocean is framed by craggy cliffs and beaches, is what postcards are made of. Visit the quaint village of Dingle on Dingle Bay where you can explore eclectic shops to find books and toasted sandwiches or hardware sold by day and beer by night! The dramatic Conor Pass leads you here, to uncover a world of natural beauty and true Irish charm.
Nestled on Ireland’s West Coast, the Cliffs of Moher plummet 214 meters (702 feet) into the Atlantic and stretch for over 14 kilometres (8 miles). Their dramatic stone facades are contrasted by the vibrant green blanket that adorns them and the turbulent ink blue water below. Home to around 7000 puffins, you can see them nesting from April to late July. You’ll be blown away by the stunning views - the same incredible panorama that these cliffs have faced for more than 350 million years.
The home of colourful pubs and entertaining buskers, Galway is a buzzing city full of historic character and modern day buzz. Sitting on Ireland’s West Coast, it is the perfect place to spend some time shopping, eating, and enjoying the street performances. Explore the medieval history and landmarks, walk the Salthill promenade. With atmosphere aplenty you’ll be glad you visited this gateway to the attractions of the South West.
This group of three islands sit within Galway Bay and draw visitors with their scenery and history. Home to some of the oldest archaeological remains in Ireland, dating as far back as the late Bronze Age, the stone walls and clifftop forts are just as impressive as the views they preside over. A short trip from Galway, they are worth a visit for their tranquillity, history and impressive location.
On the Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland lies Giant’s Causeway where roughly 40,000 hexagonal basalt pillars rise from the earth. This unique display of nature has stood strong since the volcanic age almost 60 million years ago and was crafted by intense volcanic activity, or by the hands of feuding giants, depending on who tells the story.
You are in for a real Titanic experience in Belfast. Learn about the true legend where it all began - discover the full story of this well known passenger steam ship all the way from the shipyard to its maiden voyage and that fateful night in 1912. See authentic artefacts, deckplans and passenger letters in this moving exhibition over nine interpretive and interactive galleries.
When you’re talking about the icons, it is hard to go past the Irish pub scene. Embroidered in the social fabric of Ireland, these old and character-rich pubs are the perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing, listen to Irish music and get a feel for the local life. For a classic experience, make sure you try a pint at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin!