You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy this diverse and scenic country, it really has something for everyone. Although there are many excellent organized and escorted tours for those who want everything taken care of, this is one destination that can be done by rental car (as long as you remember to drive on the “other” side of the road). The great thing is you never have to travel that far to get to your next stop.
Dublin is Ireland’s largest city and should be a part of your itinerary. Even though it is spread out, it’s not hard to get around and there are a number of must-see sights: Trinity College with its Book of Kells is one of the most amazing sights you will ever see. You should also visit:
- St. Patricks Cathedral
- Kilmainham Gol (the old famous Irish prison)
- Guinness Brewery
- Jamison Distiller
A number of very good restaurants abound in Dublin as well as some of Ireland’s oldest pubs. Great selections of accommmodations await you throughout Ireland. Everything from farmhouses to Bed and Breakfast, to quaint remodeled hotels, to upscale castle stays, will fit every taste and budget. Besides Dublin, areas that you should visit and explore are: Cork, Killarney, Limerick and Galway.
The coastline and scenery can be quite breathtaking so if you are traveling on your own you should go at a leisurely pace. Unless you are taking two weeks, I would not suggest trying to do everything in one trip. The sites throughout Ireland that should be visited are:
- Waterford Crystal Factory
- Blarney Castle with the famous Blarney Stone
- Cliffs of Moher
- Drive thru the Ring of Kerry
- Dingle Bay
- Bunratty Castle (for its famous medieval banquet)
- Town of Kinsale (where most of the seafood for Ireland is brought in)
- Quaint town of Adare (home to Adare Manor, one of Ireland’s best hotels) & so much more!
Ireland is also known for its highly rated and challenging golf courses. Northern Ireland is also an interesting destination and it can be combined with the rest of Ireland, if you do at least two weeks, or be done as its own trip. It’s scenic and has many little towns besides the cities of Belfast and Derry. Call us to plan your trip to Ireland! Cheers!
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