Cork is Ireland's largest county, and one of its most beautiful. The city of Cork is lively and welcoming, while the many small towns and villages in the west of the county offer a wonderful insight into the heart of traditional Irish life. Foto Wildlife Park is one of Ireland's most popular day's out, and Inchydoney Island is a popular spa destination.
Kerry is one of Ireland's most popular tourist destinations. Located on the south-western peninsulas of Ireland, and bordering Cork and Limerick, the rugged coast, rolling hills and dramatic mountains combine with Irish charm, humour and quirkiness at its very best. The Lakes of Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, the Skelligh Islands, and the Rose of Tralee festival are some of the tourism terms synonymous with Kerry
Dublin has enough tourist attractions and sightseeing opportunities to ensure you have an action packed visit. But is this what holidays are about - where is the relaxation, the break from busy schedules, the downtime? It is very easy to get caught up in the midst of a sightseeing frenzy where one Church or one Art Gallery or even one city starts to blend into the next. For the Dublin tourist I propose some time out to stop take a deep breath, absorb the essence of this compact and lively City. The big sights are not going anywhere - and you can always come back another time. Dublin is a city to be sampled like one of its most famous products, a pint of Guinness, just sit back, watch it settle and enjoy slowly.
Kilkenny, known as the Marble City, is Ireland's smallest and most beautiful city. Kilkenny Castle and Gardens, which forms the heart of the city, is one of Ireland's most visited attractions. Outside the city, County Kilkenny, famous for its hurlers, boasts a host of fine attractions, quaint villages, and beautiful scenery.
Wexford, known as the model county, has it all. Located on the south-east corner of Ireland, this most beautiful of counties has long sandy beaches, historical sites, castles and gardens, pretty towns, dramatic bridges, welcoming fishing villages, churches of note, top class hotels and leisure centres, yet is practically unknown to tourists from outside Ireland. Here we highlight some of the reasons you should add Wexford to any tour of Ireland.
From unique limestone landscapes to Ireland's most spectacular cliffs, County Clare is full of natural beauty. But it is also a great place to explore Irish history and culture. Craggaunowen Living Past Experience and Bunratty Castle and Folk Park are great places to relive Irish life in days gone by. Traditional Irish culture can be experienced in almost every small village and town in this west coast county.
County Wicklow, known as the Garden County, is located on Ireland's east coast, between Dublin and Wexford. The county is full of dramatic mountains, scenic seascapes, forests, gardens and historic buildings. Glendalough is the best known attraction, but there is much more to County Wicklow than this ancient lakeside monastery.
Want to get an idea of what Ireland is like before visiting there? I live in Ireland, and this article is based on conversations I have had with visitors to Ireland, their insights and experiences.
Isn't it interesting how some of the most beautiful countries are those with all of the troubles. Northern Ireland is one of these countries that has overcome much conflict over the years. It seems hard to imagine that Â¼ of the population was lost due...
I think travelling on the cheap with a backpack behind you and checking into one of the many backpackers or hostels has more advantages than not. I have stayed in backpackers in other parts of the world, but nothing has really compared to Ireland, and in particular Dublin. I...
Living in Ireland presents the great opportunity to constantly explore attractions on an Island where within a few hours driving you can run out of land. Day and weekend trips can bring you to most corners of an amazingly beautiful landscape. No matter how many times I visit some places they always amaze me like I've seen them for the first time.
Inishshark is an island lying 5 miles of the west coast of Connemara in Ireland. Once inhabited, the island is now barren with only the ruins of several houses and a single church left to commemorate a long gone community of people. Once home to 100's, the last remaining 23 inhabitants were evacuated to the mainland in 1960 after a number of unfortunate deaths, bad weather, a poor harbour and a governments decision on the fate of an increasingly isolated community.
These are the best gifts you could choose for St Patricks day - meaning, almost anything Irish! Cliches are OK - shamrocks, green beer and leprechauns - but there is a rich culture and heritage to draw from for the best real Irish gifts. Give the gift of history, art, jewelry, music, literature, or Irish whiskey.