"The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper" William Butler Yeats- Poet
With castles steeped in history, majestic landscapes, and the freshest pint of Guinness, it’s no wonder the Emerald Isle welcomes millions of tourists each year. Sunny skies and mild temps are an unexpected bonus in this corner of the world but don’t let that discourage you from booking. Just put on some Wellies, throw on a Mac, and follow this guide to uncover all the beauty this coastal country has to offer — rain or shine.
Flying into Dublin Airport is a viable travel option from most parts of the world. This capital city is the perfect starting point for your island adventure. Don’t head out on the road just yet as Dublin offers some of the country’s best attractions. Some of the city’s highlights include strolling through Dublin Castle, visiting The National Museum, and experiencing St. Patrick’s Cathedral. A prized jewel of the city is The Guinness Storehouse. This landmark attraction gives visitors a glimpse into the history of the country’s iconic stout. The tour ends at the rooftop Gravity Bar where visitors can take in panoramic views of the city while being served a proper pint. Just one sip at this brewery and patrons will be forever spoiled by the world’s freshest and most satisfying pint of Irish brew.
Once arriving in County Cork, visitors will have a chance to climb the 127 stairs to the top of Blarney Castle. Once atop this landmark, visitors can take part in the traditional Kissing the Blarney Stone. The process is a bit more complicated than merely puckering up. Visitors will need to lean backward over a ledge and kiss the stone upside-down to be awarded with the Gift of Gab according to local folklore.
Waterford City is the home of the Famous Waterford Crystal. Love the great outdoors? A ride along the Waterford Greenway is the perfect activity to get the whole family out and exploring the beauty of County Waterford! Running along a route in Ireland’s Ancient East that's rich in Irish heritage, the Waterford greenway is a beautiful 46km walking & cycling path. It runs along an old railway line and is considered one of the most scenic cycling routes in Ireland. Visitors can walk, bring their own bikes or rent from different points along the path - Waterford City, Kilmacthomas or Dungarvan.
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