Touring Ireland's Luxury South
Posted by Niamh Allabyrne on the 13th of June 2013 at 10:29:30
Ireland’s beautiful South – is this just another blog about the breath-taking Ring of Kerry, pretty Dingle Peninsula or the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher? Yes and No! While these places are certainly beautiful and definitely worth a visit to, there are other places you should include on your tour of Ireland!
I had a look at our Luxury Southern Tours of Ireland and found a few places I particularly liked when I visited this part of the Emerald Isle and would recommend that you include into itinerary when thinking of your Irish tour!
Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary:
People might say it’s only a ruin and yes, there is not much left apart from high, grey stone walls with open windows, crows flying around its towers, their screeches echo through the old arches and the wind howls through cracks and holes in the stony walls…It is a majestic ruin though, sitting enthroned over the little village of Cashel, enjoying an awe-inspiring view over the vast plain of County Tipperary. There is a lot of history within the walls of Rock of Cashel, and even if you’re not that much into past time stories or religious relics – this ancient building can be a magical place: Walking around its high crosses and through its walls with the sun setting behind clouds and long shadows being cast on Cashel village…
Hayfield Manor, Cork City:
Even though this family owned boutique luxury hotel is located quite centrally in Cork City, its walls – discreetly nestled within beautiful walled gardens – offer a tranquil oasis in the vibrant city and a visit is an experience in itself. But neither are the elegant rooms containing beautiful antique furnishings and exquisite fabrics to indulge your senses, nor is it the heavenly food and extraordinary service which make that hotel a special retreat, it is the lovely Concierge that makes this Manor one of the most authentic and magical places to stay in Ireland!
Kinsale, West Cork:
Originally a medieval fishing port, historic Kinsale is one of the most picturesque and historic towns on the south west coast of Ireland. It has been hailed as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland, with no shortage of cafes, pubs and restaurants to suit every taste and budget. Only 18 miles from Cork, Kinsale marks the beginning of scenic West Cork Region and is ideally placed as a yachting and deep-sea angling centre and in recent years a world class golf destination (The Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse Links Course was voted as one of the most spectacular ones). The town has plenty of history on offer too. It was the site of the Battle of Kinsale back in 1601 which saw Spanish and Irish fighters combine forces against the English and the Charles Fort still stands today which dates from the 17th century. But above all enjoy the great atmosphere this little fishing village brings along.
Muckross House, County Kerry:
Muckross House is the place in County Kerry to discover the sheer luxury of the past. Once built for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife in 1839, the principal rooms of the house still display period style furnishing and portray the elegant lifestyle of the 19th century landowning class. The exquisitely detailed gardens surrounding the majestic estate and they reveal their incredible beauty particularly during the months of April to July when blossoming red and pink Rhododendrons create a sight that is just breath-taking. Probably the most precious feature however is the estate’s location: nestled amidst Killarney National Park, surrounded by mature woodlands, overlooking the dark blue of Muckross Lake and admiring the sight of McGillycuddy's Reeks Mountain sweeping down to the lake’s shores.
Dromoland Castle, County Clare:
Dromoland is one of the most romantic and picturesque castles you will find in Ireland. Originally it was the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. With a staggering history dating back to the 5th century, this luxurious estate effortlessly combines the beauty of yesteryear with all the modern must-haves of today. Chic, stylish and elegant, this castle hotel offers excellent service, a wonderful restaurant and an opulent spa. Distinguished and captivating, with a world class golf-course on its doorstep, this hotel really does have it all!
If you want to experience all this and much more, have a look at our Luxury South 6 or 8 Day Self-Drive Tours. They definitely take you to some Ireland’s most luxury places – and keep in mind that beautiful scenery, unforgettable moments and the time to enjoy it all can often be the most valuable luxury here…
Or if you would like to make any changes to this route, be it accommodation, extra days or special interests just get in touch with us and our experienced tourireland.com team will be more than happy to help create your own individual tour of Ireland and give you unforgettable Irish vacation! : )