Ireland’s countryside is as beautiful as it gets and no trip to Ireland should be made without venturing out of Dublin.
Attractions to visit include Blarney Castle, the Cliffs of Moher, and the Rock of Cashel. Places to visit include Cork, Dingle, Killarney, Galway and Killkenney.
Cork is the largest county in Ireland, with everything to offer from lively Cork City with its charming footbridges, to the village of Blarney known for its famous castle, to the town of Ballycotton with an expansive port and rugged cliff views. Cork offers golden beaches, beautiful rolling green hills and a vibrant culture in its main city. To See/Do: Blarney Castle, Cobh (Great Island), Cork City, Ballyhoura Mountain Park and Millstreet.
One of the most picturesque parts of Ireland, county Kerry is just breathtaking. Drive through rural sheep- dotted landscapes and endless mountains amidst unexpected wildlife, majestic lakes and imposing coastline views. The towns and villages of Killarney, Kenmare and Dingle, just to name a few, are welcoming, friendly and offer an authentic taste of small-town Ireland. You can see most of the “must-see” destinations on the Ring of Kerry Drive along N70/71. To See/Do: Dingle, Ring of Kerry coastline/Iveragh Peninsula, Killarney National Park and Ladies View.
Perched on the west coast between the raw genuine beauty of Galway and the idyllic landscape of county Kerry lies charming County Clare. Among miniature colorful villages is such gorgeous scenery as the renowned Cliffs of Moher and the unique limestone caverns of the Burren region. We recommend staying in either Galway or County Kerry and then taking a scenic day trip.
A juxtaposition of the rough, untrampled natural beauty of Connemara mountain and the bustling thriving energy of the city of Galway makes this an essential stop on any tour of Ireland. Located on the island’s west coast, county Galway is where old Gaelic Ireland retains its distinct and genuine character. You will encounter some of the friendliest locals whether you’re driving through wild bog landscape amidst a tiny village of thatched roof houses or having your fourth pint with a University student in town...it’s the best of both worlds. For an ideal stay, make your base the city itself. To See/Do: Aran Islands, Connemara Mountain and National Park, Galway City and Clifden.
As you go northwest in Ireland, Gaelic beauty and culture becomes even more dramatic. The rough coastline of Donegal hosts spectacular wildlife, beaches, and fishing ports, and is infused with centuries of history and folklore. Drive through the villages and towns of the Gaeltacht (Gaelic) region to appreciate this area’s authenticity. To See/Do: Deeryveagh Mountains, Glenveagh Castle & National Park and Ring Fort.