Ireland

course image
Additional Information
Capital Dublin
Currency EUR
Timezone Europe/Dublin
Total States 4 provinces
Airport City Dublin Airport, Cork Airport, Shannon Airport, Ireland West Airport Knock , Belfast International Airport
Ruling Type Government
Offical Languages Irish, English, French,
National Animal Red deer
Food Irish stew, Bacon, Boxty
Seasons Autumn  : Sep - Nov
Summer : Jun - Aug
Winter     : Dec - Feb
Sprint      : Mar - May


Destination



1 ) Dublin City
Popular - Capital City     Location - Dublin City, -Leinster, -Ireland

Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Its historic buildings include Dublin Castle, dating to the 13th century, and imposing St Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191. City parks include landscaped St Stephen’s Green and huge Phoenix Park, containing Dublin Zoo. The National Museum of Ireland explores Irish heritage and culture.`


course image


2 ) Waterford
Popular - Historical     Location - Waterford, -Munster, -Ireland

Waterford, a seaport in southeast Ireland, is the country’s oldest city. It was founded by Vikings in 914 A.D. and parts of its ancient walled core remain. Within Reginald’s Tower, a circa-1003 fortification, the Waterford Museum of Treasures displays local archaeological finds. Famed glass manufacturer Waterford Crystal began here in 1783. Today the company’s facility near the historic district offers factory tours.


course image


3 ) Killarney
Popular - National Park     Location - Killarney, -Munster, -Ireland

Killarney is a town on the shores of Lough Leane in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry. It’s a stop on the Ring of Kerry scenic drive, and the start and finishing point of the 200-km Kerry Way walking trail. The town's 19th-century buildings include St. Mary’s Cathedral. Across the bridge from the cathedral is Killarney National Park. Victorian mansion Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms sits in the park.


course image


4 ) Galway City
Popular - Harbour     Location - Galway City, -Connaught, -Ireland

Galway, a harbour city on Ireland’s west coast, sits where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean. The city’s hub is 18th-century Eyre Square, a popular meeting spot surrounded by shops and traditional pubs that often offer live Irish folk music. Nearby, stone-clad cafes, boutiques and art galleries line the winding lanes of the Latin Quarter, which retains portions of the medieval city walls.
Christopher Columbus allegedly once prayed at 14th-century St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, and 16th-century townhouse Lynch’s Castle is now a bank (with an exhibition room). Galway has a thriving arts scene, with the Galway International Arts Festival in July, and places such as the Galway Arts Centre and Druid Theatre Company presenting exhibitions and performances year-round. Fresh local oysters, mussels and other seafood are staples on many restaurant menus. Day trips to the Aran Islands often take in the Dún Aonghasa prehistoric fort on the Inishmore. To the south around Galway Bay is Dunguaire Castle, a 16th-century fortress.


course image


5 ) Derry
Popular - River     Location - Derry, -Leinster, -Ireland

Derry, also known as Londonderry, is a city on the River Foyle in Northern Ireland. It’s known for the intact 17th-century Derry’s Walls with 7 gates. Within the walls, spired St. Columb’s Cathedral displays artefacts from the 1688–9 Siege of Derry. Near the Peace Bridge, the Tower Museum has city views and historical exhibits. Huge stained-glass windows adorn the neo-Gothic red sandstone Guildhall.

The old walled city lies on the west bank of the River Foyle, which is spanned by two road bridges and one footbridge. The city now covers both banks (Cityside on the west and Waterside on the east). The population of the city was 83,652 at the 2001 Census, while the Derry Urban Area had a population of 90,736. The district administered by Derry City and Strabane District Council contains both Londonderry Port and City of Derry Airport.


course image


6 ) Cork
Popular - Arts and Cultural     Location - Cork, -Munster, -Ireland

Cork, just inland from Ireland’s southwest coast, is a university city with its centre on an island in the River Lee, connected to the sea by Cork Harbour. The castlelike 1824 Cork City Gaol once held prisoners bound for Australia, and exhibitions relay the building’s history. The hilltop steeple of 18th-century Shandon Church (officially the Church of Saint Anne) is a symbol of the city.
Visitors who climb Shandon Church's tower are offered sweeping views and can play the church’s bells. Set in an 18th-century customs house, the Crawford Art Gallery has works by Irish painters. The city’s main shopping thoroughfare is St Patrick’s Street, which leads to the English Market, a covered food market in operation since 1788. A continuous series of traditional music performances, the Lee Sessions, takes place in pubs across the city. At nearby Blarney Castle, visitors kiss the famous Blarney Stone to earn ‘the gift of the gab’.


course image


7 ) Mayo
Popular - Beach     Location - Mayo, -Connaught, -Ireland

Mayo is a county in Ireland. In the West of Ireland, in the province of Connacht, it is named after the village of Mayo, now generally known as Mayo Abbey.
It is bounded on the north and west by the Atlantic Ocean; to the south by County Galway; the east by County Roscommon; and the northeast by County Sligo.
Be amazed at our breathtaking landscapes and fascinating countryside. Discover the spectacular scenery of the many lakes, explore the green and peaceful valleys, walk up to the peak of wild mountains or experience challenging outdoor activities.

Appreciate the stunning islands and stretches of coastline; take pleasant strolls on the wonderful, yet unspoiled, beaches and enjoy the pure and crystal waters.

If culture, music and history inspire your curiosity find out the treasures of Mayo; come in touch with legends, myths and stories, get a haunting sense that here the past is a living spirit. Come just in time to enjoy yourself joining in the many festivals and events

Mayo people are warm and friendly and take pride in making our land your land. We are the most welcoming people in Ireland!


course image


8 ) Limerick City
Popular - River     Location - Limerick City, -Munster, -Ireland

Limerick is a major city in the Republic of Ireland, set in Munster province in the south of the country. Its compact old town is known for the medieval-era St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. John’s square, which is lined with Georgian townhouses. Standing along the River Shannon, the 13th-century King John’s Castle is one of the city’s most recognisable sites.
The Hunt Museum, tucked inside a stately former custom house, displays Limerick’s most well-known collection of art and cultural artefacts. The Limerick City Gallery of Art focuses on classical and contemporary Irish works, while local history is showcased at the intimate Limerick City Museum. Traces of the gritty Limerick described by Frank McCourt in his memoir, “Angela’s Ashes”, can be seen on walking tours outside the city’s historic core. Limerick is also a gateway to Lough Gur, whose shores are studded with megalithic tombs, and the historic village of Adare.


course image


9 ) Sligo
Popular - Historic Building     Location - Sligo, -Connaught, -Ireland

The town of Sligo, in the north of Ireland, straddles the Garavogue River where it meets Sligo Bay. It’s known for its literary heritage and rugged countryside. Ruined medieval Sligo Abbey has carved tombs and a 15th-century altar. Sligo County Museum displays memorabilia of local poet W.B. Yeats, paintings and Stone Age artefacts. The Model is a contemporary arts centre featuring works by 20th-century Irish artists.
The Yeats Memorial Building is a literary centre with a library and art exhibitions. A bronze statue of Yeats, engraved with his words, stands nearby. Southeast of town is Lough Gill, a vast lake with several sites featured in Yeats’s poems. Nearby is the 17th-century Parke’s Castle. Prehistoric tombs dot the large Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, southwest of Sligo. Farther west, the huge Knocknarea Mountain looms over the seaside resort of Strandhill, known for its strong Atlantic surf. Northwest of Sligo, Rosses Point has beaches and a golf course. The village of Drumcliffe is home to medieval monastic ruins and Yeats’s grave.


course image


Activity



1 ) Cliffs of Moher
Activity Duration - Daily 9am-9pm, although closing time can vary with sunset.     Activity Category - Attraction

At the westernmost edge of Ireland, the rugged Cliffs of Moher tower almost 702 feet above sea level. Considered by many to be the absolute best place to visit in Ireland, this jagged coastline stretches for five miles along the ocean. There are surely few places in Ireland more dramatic than the striated limestone cliffs, which are constantly being lashed by the Atlantic waves and winds.

When not shrouded by thick, gray fog and sheets of rain, it’s possible to see as far west as the Aran Islands (the view from the top is one of the most iconic in the world). For many, Ireland’s unmanicured western coast is something of a dream trip — and the Cliffs of Moher are often a highlight.


course image


2 ) St Patrick's Cathedral
Activity Duration - Mon-Fri: 9:30am-5pm. Mar-Oct: open Saturday from 9am-6pm, Sunday 9am-10:30am, 12:30pm-2:30pm, 4:30pm-6pm. Nov-Feb: open Saturday from 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-10:30am, 12:30pm-2:30pm     Activity Category - Temple / Mosque / Church

Ireland's largest church and the final resting place of Jonathan Swift, St Patrick's stands on the spot where St Patrick himself reputedly baptised the local Celtic chieftains in the 5th century. Fiction or not, it's a sacred bit of turf upon which this cathedral was built between 1191 and 1270. The adjacent park was once an awful slum but is now a lovely garden to sit and catch some sunshine.

There are also several smaller points of interest scattered throughout the cathedral, including by hundreds of memorial plaques, busts, and monuments. The most impressive belongs to the Boyle Family Tomb from the 17th century. Smaller mementos are dedicated to Turlough O'Carolan (the famous blind harpist) and Douglas Hyde (the first President of Ireland).


course image


3 ) Guinness Storehouse
Activity Category - Attraction

In 2015, the Guinness Storehouse had over 1.5 million visitors, confirming its place as Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction. Located at the James’ Gate Brewery in Dublin – or ‘the home of the black stuff,’ as it is also known – the Guinness-themed museum gives visitors a unique chance to assimilate the 250-year history of the country’s most famous beverage, culminating in a perfectly poured pint at the rooftop Gravity Bar overlooking the city.

The Guinness Storehouse tourist attraction was established in 2000, but the building which houses it dates back to 1904. Located inside a former ‘hop house’ or fermentation plant for the stout – where the precious Guinness yeast was added to the recipe – it is a steel-framed construction modelled on the Chicago School of Architecture that was popular during the early 20th century. The idea for the new visitor centre was conceived in 1997, around the time that Guinness merged with the Grand Metropolitan company to become Diageo.


course image


4 ) Blarney Castle & Gardens
Activity Duration - Daily: 9am–sunset     Activity Category - Historical Place

The word ‘Blarney’ was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as ‘pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending’. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements and, to kiss it, one has to lean backwards - grasping an iron railing - from the parapet walk.

In the grounds of the castle the Rock Close and its surroundings is a fascinating place of ancient trees and far more ancient stones which is believed to be a garden of druidic origin and a centre of worship in pre-Christian days. The place has an aura of magic and mystique with Wishing Steps, Witch's Kitchen, Druid's Cave and many other delights telling a story of centuries past.

Blarney Castle, set in acres of parkland filled with rare and unusual trees and plants, offers visitors the chance to stroll in one of the country's most spectacular gardens.


course image


5 ) Trinity College
Activity Category - Attraction

Founded in 1592, Trinity is Ireland’s top-ranked university. Situated in the centre of Ireland’s vibrant capital city, Trinity’s stunning campus is home to a community of scholars at the cutting edge of research and teaching. Combining historic traditions with world-renowned centres of research excellence, Trinity College Dublin offers a unique opportunity to blend a rigorous academic programme with an unparalleled array of cultural, social and professional experiences.

Ranked 1st in Ireland, and 104th in the world (QS University Rankings 2018), Trinity offers a rigorous academic education to all of its students. With Over 600 course options, a deposit library with over 6 million volumes, and researchers who attract €70million annually in external funding, Trinity students receive a world-class education at a leading university for both teaching and research.


course image


6 ) Dublin Castle
Activity Duration - Mon–Fri: 10am–4:45pm, Sat & Sun: 2pm–4:45pm     Activity Category - Historical Place

Dublin Castle was the stronghold of British power in Ireland for more than 700 years, beginning with the Anglo-Norman fortress commissioned by King John in 1204. Only the Record Tower (1258) survives from the original; most of what you see was built from the 18th century onwards – but its best bits are still impressive.

The castle was officially handed over to Michael Collins, representing the Irish Free State, in 1922, when the British viceroy is reported to have rebuked Collins on being seven minutes late. Collins replied, 'We've been waiting 700 years, you can have the seven minutes.


course image


7 ) Temple Bar
Activity Category - Attraction

Temple Bar is Dublin’s leading tourist area. It has earned the fair title of Dublin’s “cultural quarter”, and with its old cobblestones, buskers lining the streets, bars serving Guinness left, right and centre, it seems only fitting that a trip to Dublin includes a tour of this area.

Set alongside the River Liffey in the heart of Dublin, Temple Bar is as easy to access as you can get. In fact, it’s the heart of the city, sitting alongside the Ha’penny Bridge that links the Northside to the Southside of Dublin.

As one of the oldest areas in Dublin, it’s packed with character and charm and offers nightlife in abundance with a steady string of traditional pubs, bars, eateries, venues, cafes and coffee shops lining the streets.


course image


8 ) Waterford Crystal
Activity Category - Attraction

Founded in 1783 by brothers William and George Penrose, with a vision to "create the finest quality crystal for drinking vessels and objects of beauty for the home”, Waterford still produces crystal which is sought after by collectors and connoisseurs around the world.

Waterford Crystal is a manufacturer of crystal, named after the city of Waterford, Ireland. The brand is owned by WWRD Group Holdings Ltd., a luxury goods group which also owns and operates the Wedgwood and Royal Doulton brands, and which was acquired on 2 July 2015 by the Fiskars Corporation.


course image


9 ) Viking Triangle
Activity Category - Attraction

Vikings made their mark in Ireland, no doubt about that. Bearing down on an unsuspecting Ireland from Scandinavia, hordes of wild wayfarers first arrived in the 8th century. They looted Ireland's monasteries, battled its kings and made off not just with priceless treasures and religious artefacts, but with Irish people as slaves.

The tower is a 13th-century defence fortification, perched like a pepper pot at the heart of Waterford’s own Viking Triangle, a portion of the city centre that also includes the new Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre. Amongst its treasures is the earliest known avatar of a Waterfordian – carved onto a 9th-century lead weight discovered in a Viking site by the River Suir.


course image


10 ) Loftus Hall
Activity Category - Attraction

On a tiny spit of land known as the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford, Ireland, is Loftus Hall, formerly known as Redmond Hall.  Loftus Hall is widely known as the most haunted house in Ireland and has been featured on both the Irish TV show Ghost Hunters and the American TV show Ghost Adventures, as well as being the subject of the documentary film The Legend of Loftus Hall.  Loftus Hall was also the shooting location for the upcoming film, The Lodgers starring David Bradley and Eugene Simon of Game of Thrones fame.  Though it seems awfully ambitious for a house with only one ghost story to its name to call itself the most haunted house in Ireland, Loftus Hall’s ghost story involves the devil himself.


course image


11 ) Ring of Kerry
Activity Category - Attraction

 The Ring of Kerry is the ring road that follows the coastal contours of Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula. The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most famous circuits and a popular holiday route to drive. Much more than a simple driving route, the Ring of Kerry is an iconic destination wrapped in a stunning visual history, with diverse wildlife scattered across Ireland’s lush green hills.

The Ring of Kerry drive is located on the Iveragh Peninsula County Kerry, in the southwest of Ireland. Part of the Wild Atlantic Way, the Iveragh Peninsula is the crown jewel of southwest Ireland. Kerry has three peninsulas, which are the Dingle Peninsula, the Iveragh Peninsula, and the Beara Peninsula from north to south.


course image


12 ) Gap of Dunloe (Bearna an Choimín)
Activity Category - Attraction

The Gap of Dunloe, Co Kerry, Ireland: in which we have an adventure, involving an early awakening, horses, mountains, rain, a boat ride, extreme rain, and great travel companions. The Gap of Dunloe, also recorded as Bearna an Choimín, is a narrow mountain pass running north-south in County Kerry, Ireland, that separates the MacGillycuddy's Reeks mountain range in the west, from the Purple Mountain Group range in the east.


course image


13 ) Ross Castle
Activity Duration - Daily early March to early November: 9:30am - 5:45pm     Activity Category - Historical Place

Ross Castle sits on the edge of Killarney’s lower lake and was built by O’Donoghue Mór in the 15th century. The Castle came into the hands of the Brownes who became the Earls of Kenmare and owned an extensive portion of the lands that are now part of Killarney National Park . Legend has it that O’Donoghue still exists in a deep slumber under the waters of Lough Leane. On the first morning of May every seven years he rises from the lake on his magnificent white horse and circles the lake. Anyone catching a glimpse of him is said to be assured of good fortune for the rest of their lives. The large rock at the entrance to the bay is known as O’Donoghue’s prison. Ross Castle was the last stronghold in Munster to hold out against Cromwell. It was eventually taken by General Ludlow in 1652.


course image


14 ) Killarney National Park
Activity Duration - 24 hour pedestrian access     Activity Category - National Park

The core of the national park is the Muckross Estate, donated to the state by Arthur Bourn Vincent in 1932; the park was designated a Unesco Biosphere Reserve in 1982. The Killarney Lakes – Lough Leane (the Lower Lake, or 'Lake of Learning'), Muckross (or Middle) Lake and the Upper Lake – make up about a quarter of the park, and are surrounded by natural oak and yew woodland, and overlooked by the high crags and moors of Purple Mountain (832m) to the west and Knockrower (552m) to the south.


course image


15 ) Dingle
Activity Category - Port

Although Dingle is one of Ireland's largest Gaeltacht towns, the locals have voted to retain the name Dingle rather than go by the officially sanctioned – and signposted – Gaelige name of An Daingean.


course image


16 ) Ladies View
Activity Category - Attraction

Ladies View located between Kenmare and Killarney on the Ring of Kerry (N71) and in the heart of Killarney National Park is one of Irelands best known panoramas. This spot derives its name from the pleasure expressed by Queen Victoria's Ladies-in-Waiting on their visit here in 1861. At Ladies View you will find Ladies View Industries which comprises of a Gift Shop, Cafe and Bar. Our Gift Store has the largest selection of gifts in the area and our prices are the most competitive. Our Cafe and Bar will allow you a welcome break from your tour of the area in a most beautiful and peaceful location.


course image


17 ) Muckross Abbey
Activity Category - Historical Place

Muckross Abbey is both an Old Irish Monastery & Modern Irish Graveyard. It is situated in the middle of the national park and a five minute walk from Muckross house car park. It dates back to the beginnings of Christianity in Ireland. The first monastery was reputed to have been built here by Saint Fionan sometime in the 6th century.

The Franciscan friary of Irrelagh, now known as Muckross Abbey was founded for the Observatine Franciscans about 1448 by Daniel McCarthy Mor. The friars remained in occupation at Muckross at least intermittently and despite the dissolution of the monasteries until Cromwellian times. The present well-preserved ruins include a church with a wide, square tower and fine windows, and a vaulted cloister with an arcade of arches around a square courtyard. In the middle of the courtyard grows an ancient yew tree, said traditionally to be as old as the Abbey. Muckross Abbey was the burial place of local chieftains, and in the 17th and 18th centuries, the three Gaelic poets, Geoffrey O’Donoghue, Aodhagan O’Rathaille and Eoghan Rua O’Suilleabhain. The graveyard in the grounds surrounding the Abbey is still in use with a number of burials there each year.


course image


18 ) Dunguaire Castle
Activity Duration - April to mid-September between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.     Activity Category - Castle

Perched on the shores of Galway Bay, Dunguaire Castle is one of prettiest fortresses in Ireland. The stone tower house has a long history stretching back to medieval times and has inspired some of Ireland's greatest writers.

Dunguaire Castle is one of the most photographed castles in Ireland for good reason — set against Galway Bay, the landscape of shimmering water and low rolling hills provides an unforgettable backdrop for the historic and charming tower. Take time to climb the knoll and admire the scenery, even before going inside.

The castle itself has been restored and converted into a small museum. It is possible to climb the tower and learn about the history of the structure. In fact, each floor of the museum has drawings and exhibits to shows what life would have been like at Dunguaire during several different time periods.


course image


19 ) Aran Islands
Activity Category - Island

An extension of the limestone escarpment that forms The Burren in Clare, the islands have shallow topsoil scattered with wild flowers, grass where livestock grazes and jagged cliffs pounded by surf. Ancient forts here are some of the oldest archaeological remains in Ireland.

Inishmore (Irish: Inis Mór) is the largest island and home to the only town, Kilronan. Inishmaan (Inis Meáin) preserves its age-old traditions and evokes a sense of timelessness. Inisheer (Inis Oírr), the smallest island, has a strong trad culture.


course image


20 ) The Burren
Activity Category - National Park

The Burren National Park is located in the southeastern corner of the Burren and is approximately 1500 hectares in size. The Park land was bought by the Government for nature conservation and public access. It contains examples of all the major habitats within the Burren: Limestone Pavement, Calcareous Grassland, Hazel scrub, Ash/Hazel Woodland, Turloughs, Lakes, Petrifying Springs, Cliffs and Fen.

The word “Burren” comes from an Irish word “Boíreann” meaning a rocky place. This is an extremely appropriate name when you consider the lack of soil cover and the extent of exposed Limestone Pavement. However it has been referred to in the past as “Fertile rock” due to the mixture of nutrient rich herb and floral species.

The highest point in the park is Knockanes (207 metres) which continues as a curving terraced ridge to Mullaghmór to the south. East of this ridge is an area of extensive, low lying limestone pavement containing a number of semi-permanent lakes. West of this ridge the pavement sweeps down to partially drift-covered ground which gradually rises again to reach the foot of a rocky escarpment. To the south of the park the limestone bedrock disappears under a layer of glacial till. This till area is far more intensively managed for pasture and silage.


course image


21 ) Doolin
Activity Duration - .     Activity Category - Attraction

Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland and with a colourful and welcoming village ready to host you during your stay, Doolin has something for everyone.

Located on the edge of the historic Burren in northwest County Clare, and within easy reach of the majestic Cliffs of Moher and the unique Aran Islands, Doolin’s dramatic landscape cannot easily be forgotten.

Doolin is the home of traditional Irish music, with plenty of music and craic to be had every night. You can take a clifftop walk breathing in the crisp, salty Atlantic air while appreciating the beautiful wildflowers, explore the rugged landscape or go on an Atlantic cruise to appreciate the unique coastline from a different perspective. Adventure is waiting for you in Doolin!

Doolin is a vibrant place full of characters, stories and experiences and is home to some of the region’s best accommodation, eateries and beautiful local shops. The people of Doolin are passionate about their community and look forward to welcoming you with open arms.


course image


22 ) Ross Errilly Friary (Ross Abbey)
Activity Category - Attraction

Ross Abbey is the name used locally for Ross Errilly Friary, one of the most prolific and longest surviving Franciscan monasteries in Ireland which, after its final demise, left a superb ruin now in the care of the Office of Public Works that can be visited for free.

The ruin is of a 15th century monastic building with all walls, doorways, some stairs and some fascinating features still intact.

The history of Ross Errilly is closely linked to Ireland’s history as a nation- a history of centuries of oppression of the Catholic faith and of Irish people secretly practising their religion and secretly supporting religious communities.

Ross Abbey is a well preserved ruin and it has some interesting features, such as the beautiful central cloister which is left quite intact. Look out for the fish tank in the kitchen where live fish freshly caught in the Black River out the back of the friary were kept until their time had arrived to be cooked. 


course image


23 ) Ross Errilly Friary (Ross Abbey)
Activity Category - Theme Park

This traditional holiday spot overlooking Galway Bay is only 3km west of Galway city so you’ll not be far from the shops, pubs and clubs. If you want easy access to beaches and savour the vibrant and energetic atmosphere of the “City of the Tribes” this is the place to stay.

This well established holiday destination offers the best of both worlds and is probably best known for its 2 mile long promenade overlooking Galway Bay. visitors can enjoy a variety of watersports, fishing or take a leisurely stroll along the promenade. And along the “Golden Half Mile” visitors will find a selection of pubs and restaurants, and of course if they are feeling lucky, have a flutter in one of the casinos. Just imagine tucking into a large bowl of steaming hot seafood chowder after all that fresh air!

A popular attraction for all the family is Leisureland, a modern leisure centre and theme park right on the promenade. Features include a 25-metre 6-lane competitive deck level pool, a warm up pool as well as a kiddies leisure pool. It also has a health and fitness suite with a gym, sauna, steam room and a massage treatment centre. During the summer months the complex also has a large amusement park on the seafront site.


course image


24 ) Kylemore Abbey and Gardens
Activity Category - Garden

A Benedictine Abbey with a 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden, under restoration, facing Diamond Hill. A stream divides the Walled Garden into its two distinct areas - the Kitchen Garden and the Flower Garden. The planting style in the Flower Garden is that of the late Victorian era. The original garden, which is completely enclosed by a brick and limestone wall, was constucted around 1870 and laid out by the head gardener, James Garnier. The original 21 glasshouses were designed by Cranstons of Birmingham, two of which have now been restored. The building was originally known as Kylemore Castle and only became known as Kylemore Abbey in the 1920s when the community of nuns arrived after fleeing Ypres (Belgium) during the First World War.

The Abbey was originally built as a romantic gift, and the Abbey and the surrounding mountains and lakes are steeped in history. Approximately 46km from Westport, past Leenane and The Killary Fjord, Kylemore Abbey, one of the West of Ireland’s top tourist attractions, is not to be missed.


course image


25 ) Blarney Stone (Stone of Eloquence)
Activity Category - Attraction

Blarney Castle located in Blarney Village, Blarney Castle is just northwest of Cork City was built by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy and is one of Ireland’s most sought-out attractions. The MacCarthys held sway over Blarney and Munster throughout the many tumultuous centuries of Anglo-Irish conflict until the defeat of the old Irish nobles at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, after which the Lord of Blarney was exiled.

The Blarney Stone, also known as the Stone of Eloquence, is located atop the castle’s tower, going up the 127 steps to the top of the castle, 37 feet high, will find the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of the Tower. Kiss it and you’ll never again be lost for words. But don’t take our word for it – everyone from Sir Walter Scott to a host of American presidents, world leaders, and international entertainers has been eager to take advantage.

While the Blarney Castle that visitors see today was constructed in 1446, the history of the place goes back two centuries before that time. The story begins with a magical stone, its origins shrouded in mystery. One legend says it was the rock that Moses struck with his staff to produce water for the Israelites during their exodus from Egypt. Another legend relates that it had once been Jacob’s Pillow and that the prophet Jeremiah had brought it to Ireland.


course image


26 ) Jameson Distillery Midleton
Activity Category - Attraction

The Jameson Distillery Midleton brings the stories of Jameson’s rich whiskey heritage and on-going innovations to life through unforgettable tour experiences.

There are a range of guided experiences to enjoy, taking in both the exterior and interior features of the distillery grounds. For an introduction to the world of Irish whiskey, The Jameson Experience is the ideal stepping stone. For those seeking a deeper dive into their production process, their Behind the Scenes Tour and Premium Whiskey Tastings will certainly satisfy.

Also available is the distillery gift store, stocked with Ireland’s leading whiskey portfolio, including Midleton Very Rare and personalised Jameson Distillery Edition.


course image


27 ) Kinsale
Activity Category - Beach

Kinsale, County Cork is all about scenery, stories and surprises. let's start with the surprises, Kinsale is hopping like no place else in Ireland in the cool of an Irish spring. The town is busy with locals and tourists alike, with many French, recently arrived overnight from Roscoff giving a well dressed look, to an already well heeled and presented town. Steeped in stories, the defeat of the Irish in the Battle of Kinsale 1601 changed the course of Irish history forever with the Flight of the Earls (the old order of Irish chieftains) and the arrival of the British planters. But, long before even that event, it was an important trading port on the route to the new world. Landmark taverns and the Dutch style.

Kinsale thrives on its waterfront location, the galleons which once sailed right up town have been replaced with leisure craft for both sailing and fishing. The Kinsale regatta is one of the longest running in Ireland and as popular as ever. Thirty years ago, Kinsale pioneered the Slow Food Movement with local artisan food producers getting together with chefs to produce the most wonderful food. In fact there seems to be more bars, restaurants and cafes per square mile here than in Dublin.


course image


28 ) Charles Fort
Activity Category - Monuments

Charles Fort is a classic example of a late 17th century star-shaped fort. William Robinson, architect of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, Dublin, and Superintendent of Fortifications, is credited with designing the fort. As one of the largest military installations in the country, Charles Fort has been associated with some of the most momentous events in Irish history. The most significant of these are the Williamite War 1689-91 and the Civil War 1922-23. Charles Fort was declared a National Monument in 1973. Across the estuary is James Fort designed by Paul Ive in 1602.


course image


29 ) St. Anne's Church
Activity Category - Temple / Mosque / Church

Shandon Steeple officially know as the Church of St Anne's is the most famous land mark in Cork City. Locally know as the Four Face Liar because each of the four clocks on it told a different time.

The name Shandon comes from the old Gaelic name Sean Dun, which means Old Fort which as the name suggests it was build on the site of an old fort on Mallow Street as Shandon Street was previously known as. Standing 170 feet high the tower was built in 1722, using the sandstone from the old Shandon Castle on two sides and the limestone from the Franciscan Abbey which was located on the North Mall on the other two sides.

The steeple of St Anne's Church in Shandon, where Shandon Bells rest, consists of a square tower surmounted by a lantern and on top of the lantern is a copper dome with a gilded weather vane in the shape of a salmon which is eleven feet three inches in length, knows as "the goldy fish" locally. The tower is the home of the famous Shandon Bells where the visitor is invited to play a tune on the bells.


course image


30 ) St. Fin Barre's Cathedral
Activity Duration - Monday to Saturday, from 9:30am to 5:30pm, and Sunday afternoons from 1pm to 2:30pm and 4:30 to 5pm between April and November     Activity Category - Historical Place

Situated on a site where worship has been offered since 606AD, Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral is the finest example of French Neo-Gothic Cathedral architecture in Ireland and one of the most coherent in Western Europe. Designed by William Burges the Cathedral boasts over 1,500 stone and wood carvings, spectacular stained glass windows, marble features and floor mosaics crafted by Italian craftsmen. The historic ‘Pit Organ’ is the only one of its kind in Ireland. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour of their choice throughout visiting hours.


course image


31 ) Drombeg Stone Circle (Druid's Altar)
Activity Category - Attraction

Also known as the Druid’s Altar, Drombeg Stone Circle is one of the most popular archaeological sites in Ireland. The stone pillars are arranged in a mysterious ring in the green rolling countryside in County Cork.

Drombeg Stone Circle is an archaeological area composed of 17 large stones staged in an eerie ring. Because the monument is thousands of years old, there is little that can be fully confirmed about the history of the stone circle that is found in West Cork.The circle is sometimes called the Druid’s Altar because some believe that it was a place for ceremonies. Excavations around the stones uncovered cremated bones and other objects that indicate it was used for a burial. Other theories about the site suggest that two of the 17 stones are staged to represent male and female energy. 

 
 
 
 


course image

Festival

1 ) Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Festival Month - March

For the biggest, loudest, proudest salute to St. Patrick, attend the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade on or around March 17. Note that it is not always held on St. Patrick’s Day, so check your dates on the website before booking your trip to Ireland. You’ll have the chance to witness traditional Irish music, dancing, and taste some of the best beer in the world (obviously!) If you prefer quieter festivals in Ireland, opt for a small village parade instead.


course image

2 ) Fleadh Traditional Irish Music Festival

Festival Month - August

The official name is Fleadh Cheoil na hEirann, but it is often shortened to Fleadh for obvious reasons. What you really need to know is that it’s being held in Sligo this August 10 to August 17. The location changes every year, but the traditional Irish music festival always occurs in August.


course image

3 ) Dublin Horse Festival

Festival Month - August

Also in August, if you’re a fan of equestrian sports like dressing and hunting, this will be your favorite of the festivals in Ireland. We recommend Ladies’ Day as a must see, where one lucky woman is awarded the Aga Khan Trophy for being the best dressed. (Think Kentucky Derby hats on steroids.)


course image