This warm and welcoming country is rich in culture, fascinating history, and rugged, romantic landscapes. Ireland boasts astonishing diversity of terrain with uncommon geological richness.
A visit to Ireland wouldn't be complete without visiting one of its famous castles. Explore the Rock of Cashel or admire the four large circular corner towers of the Kilkenny Castle, built in 1195. The Blarney Castle is an old ruin famous for the stone that supposedly gives the gift of eloquence to all those who kiss it. The makers of the movie 'Braveheart' chose Trim Castle as the shooting location for their epic movie.
The 13th-century Ashford Castle has been expanded over the centuries and turned into a five star luxury hotel. Shannon Region is often visited for its castles. For example, you can choose Bunratty - the best-preserved medieval fortress in Ireland. Dromoland Castle is one of the most impressive and distinguished castle hotels in the country.
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How to get there:
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Where to stay:
We encourage you to stay at 3* Seamount House B&B with excellent reviews. Situated in Swords, this bed & breakfast is 3 km (1.9 mi) from Malahide Castle. Free breakfast, free self parking, and free WiFi in public areas are available at this smoke-free bed & breakfast. All rooms provide free WiFi, coffee makers, and TVs. Guests will also find free toiletries.
In Galway we recommend you to book 3* Corrib View with excellent reviews. This top rated hotel is 15-minute walk from the beach. Located in Merlin Park, 2 km from Galway city centre, Corrib View B&B provides free parking and free Wi-Fi. It also offers a breakfast menu in the mornings. Each spacious room includes a comfortable orthopaedic bed, central heating, and a cable TV. Guests can also make use of tea and coffee making facilities and ironing supplies. Most rooms offer an en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. Some rooms also enjoy pretty park views.
What to do:
East Coast, with the capital city of Dublin, is the heartland of the country. In Dublin you can explore the National Museum of Ireland, the National Gallery of Ireland, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Pearse Museum. All state museums in Ireland are free of charge.
West Ireland is home to “Ireland’s Cultural Heart” of Galway. The city is renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals, celebrations and events. Explore the Brigit’s Celtic Garden, located just a 20-minute drive north of Galway city.
Northwest and Lakelands region has a lot to offer by way of natural beauty. Pay a visit to The Glen, a tiny valley nestled between sheer rock walls of Knocknarea Mountain.
Southwest Ireland is a scenic and rainy section of Ireland with a beautiful coast and popular Ring of Kerry (Iveragh Peninsula). The cosmopolitan Southeast Ireland is famous for its Waterford crystal.
Sail to the remote and wild island of Skellig Michael (Sceilg Mhichíl) to see its perfectly preserved ancient monastery. This monastic complex, that became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, perched since about the 7th century on the steep sides of the rocky island, some 12 km off the coast of south-west Ireland. Skellig Michael was the setting for the movie ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.
Explore the Aran Islands to admire the beautiful scenery. This rocky archipelago of three small islands boasts incredible stone forts that have stood there for thousands of years.
Discover the Dunmore Cave, said to have been the site of a Viking massacre that claimed 1,000 lives. Visit the unusual Victor’s Way Indian Sculpture Park to see its bizarre sculptures. See the Drombeg Stone Circle, one of the most popular megalithic sites in Ireland.
You can also go horse riding or play golf. Explore the walking trails of Wicklow Hills or go mountain biking.
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