Celebrating a classic destination closer to home, we follow in the footsteps of former Presidents, Vikings and tourists drawn from all over the world with a look at some of Ireland’s key sights and experiences.
First constructed in the 15th century, Bunratty Castle can be found in Bunratty – a village resting between Ennis and Limerick.
Wonderfully restored back to its former glory, this medieval icon is a must-visit.
One of Ireland’s best-known castles, the castle and grounds are today home to Folk Park, an attraction celebrating Irish heritage and culture.
The renowned Dingle Peninsula has provided the setting for many memorable romantic epics dominating the silver screen through the years including the award-winning ‘Ryan’s Daughter’.
Off the coast, the protected Skellig Michael recently appeared in the hit sci-fi franchise Star Wars.
A stunning stretch of coastline, the Dingle Peninsula rewards visitors with mile upon mile of beautiful coast featuring some rather rugged-looking rocks rising from under crashing waves striking the mainland.
Killarney National Park
First established in the early 1930s, Killarney National Park is Ireland’s oldest protected park.
Growing over the years, the National Park is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most spectacular.
Home to a treasured and diverse eco system, the park is hugely important. This huge stretch of relatively unspoiled land is awash in colour and packed with fantastic holiday sights.
During key points in our available itinerary, holidaymakers are guided through the park on a horse-drawn car ride, providng a memorable nostalgic journey harking back to traditional ways of life practiced here through the centuries.
Held in high regard around the world, the famed Killarney Lakes are a must-experience when touring Ireland’s beautiful south west.
The biggest of the three lakes found in Killarney, Lough Leane is one of Europe’s most serene.
Bit of Trivia – Lough is Old Irish meaning loch or lake
Holidaymakers will be taken on a lovely boat ride showcasing the very best of this immensely scenic lake.
Ring of Kerry
Right up there amongst some of the world’s spectacular scenic driving routes, journeying around the staggeringly beautiful Ring of Kerry takes holidaymakers on an essential journey.
Spanning just over 100 miles, the route includes passing through the famed Iveragh Peninsula found in County Kerry and memorably experiencing first-hand the beauty of both Molls Gap and Coomakista Pass.
The historic ‘Fair City’, the capital is one of Europe’s most fascinating cities.
Originally founded by the Vikings, Dublin has a long and intriguing history.
Home of Trinity College and the stylish Temple Bar area, further local landmarks include Dublin Castle, Christ Church and the iconic Guinness Storehouse.
Tucked in away in a beautiful cove, Dunmore East is lovely postcard-perfect fishing village, rivalling the beauty of some of Cornwall’s most iconic seaside towns.
A popular haunt for artists, the village has some charming traditional features including winding lanes and some historic thatched roof buildings.
One of the oldest operating lighthouses in the world (second to only Spain’s Tower of Hercules), Hook Lighthouse stands on the beautiful Hook Head peninsula.
One of Ireland’s greatest man-made attractions, the lighthouse was first constructed over an amazing 800 years ago!
Visitors to this incredible landmark learn about the lighthouse’s long history, hear about the life of a lighthouse keeper through the ages and take in wonderful views looking out across this rather ‘bonnie’ stretch of coastline.
An unspoilt stretch of coastline, the coastal waters here are known to attract a variety of sea life including massive whales!
A strategically important stronghold constructed to control a nearby river and several trading routes, Kilkenny Castle dates all the way back to the 12th century!
Undergoing remodelling work through the centuries, the castle displays a number of Victorian era.
Despite the changes made over the years, signs of the castle’s ancient past are evident throughout.
Whether admiring thick medieval walls, arrow loop windows or admiring 17th century tapestries, there is much to see during an exploration.
Over 50 glorious acres of green space awaits visitors. Highlights including woodland, a terraced rose garden and a man-made lake.
Dating back to the 1st century, a time when Ireland was under Viking rule, Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city.
Exploring Waterford’s past right through to present day, key highlights include Reginald’s Tower, the Bishop’s Palace and the local glassmaker, Waterford Crystal.
Opening their doors in the late 18th century, visitors can tour the factory, gaining insight into the expert production process.
The company has produced some iconic glassware including golf’s PGA Tour of America trophy.
Following in the footsteps of President John F. Kennedy who visited the region in 1963 on the trail of his ancestors, Wexford County is has fascinating past.
Exploring the country’s Great Famine period, Dunbrody Famine Ship & Museum actually sits within a replica 19th century modelled on vessels used for mass emigration to the United States and Canada.
The museum, situated in New Ross, the ancestral home of the Kennedy family, has its own statue of the American icon, unveiled by his sister in 2008.
Elsewhere in the region, visitors can enjoy a beautiful coastline where you will find the historic Hook Lighthouse.