Best of Ireland South and West Self-Drive Tour 15 Days

Best of Ireland South and West Self-Drive Tour 15 Days

14 Night Tour From $1,541 pps

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This tour arrives into and departs from Dublin, but it can be customised to include Shannon as an arrival/departure point.

This tour includes part of the Wild Atlantic Way

Attractions on This Tour

Dublin City

Dublin, the capital city of Ireland is an exciting blend of the old and new. You can walk in the footsteps of Wilde in Georgian Dublin, pass by the windmill studios where U2 lay down their world famous tracks and stand in the place where President Barack Obama in 2011 uttered those famous words in the tongue of his ancestors - Is feidir linn – Yes we can!

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Dublin City

Dublin Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour, Dublin City

The Dublin Tour has been carefully designed to give you the freedom to explore and experience the history and culture of Dublin at your leisure. You will get the opportunity to visit all the main Dublin attractions along the route and these include Dublin Zoo, St Patrick’s cathedral and Trinity College (home of the Book of Kells).

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Dublin Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour, Dublin City

Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Dublin City

Trinity College is Ireland's oldest university. It was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592. Due to its picturesque setting and the famous people connected with it - Oscar Wilde studied here - Trinity College is one of the city's main tourist attractions.

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Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Dublin City

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City

The Irish Museum of Modern Art is Ireland's leading national institution for the collection and presentation of modern and contemporary art. The Museum presents a wide variety of art in a dynamic program of exhibitions, which regularly includes bodies of work from its own Collection and its award-winning Education and Community Department. It also creates more widespread access to art and artists through its Studio and National programs.

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Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City

Chester Beatty Museum, Dublin City Centre

The Chester Beatty Museum was founded in 1950 to house the collection of rare books ,manuscripts, prints, miniature paintings and drawings, bequeathed to Ireland by the American mining magnate, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty.

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Chester Beatty Museum, Dublin City Centre

National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Situated in beautiful Georgian Dublin on Merrion Square, this purpose built gallery opened its doors to the public in 1864. The gallery houses an impressive collection of Irish paintings including a collection of Jack B. Yeats own works (and those done by members of his family), along with notable Dutch and Italian works such as Caravaggio’s The Taking of Christ and Van Gogh’s Roof Tops in Paris.

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National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City

The Irish Museum of Modern Art is Ireland's leading national institution for the collection and presentation of modern and contemporary art. The Museum presents a wide variety of art in a dynamic program of exhibitions, which regularly includes bodies of work from its own Collection and its award-winning Education and Community Department. It also creates more widespread access to art and artists through its Studio and National programs.

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Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City

Guinness Storehouse, Dublin City

At Guinness Storehouse you’ll discover all there is to know about the world’s most famous beer. A dramatic story that begins 250 years ago and ends…where else - in the Gravity® bar with a complimentary pint of the black stuff.

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Guinness Storehouse, Dublin City

Kilmainham Jail, Dublin City

Built in 1796, Kilmainham Jail has an unique place in Irish History and was where for more than 100 years those who fought against the English occupation of Ireland were imprisoned and where many of them died, It is a sombre, even chilling, place to visit, but absolutely fascinating.

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Kilmainham Jail, Dublin City

Viking Splash Tour, Dublin City

Book a trip with Viking Splash Tours for a unique Dublin sightseeing experience by Land and Water. Viking captains will guide you on a fun and witty tour of Dublin City, taking in all the top sights including Viking and Medieval Dublin, Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral, Georgian Dublin and much more!

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Viking Splash Tour, Dublin City

Kilfane Glen and Waterfalls, County Kilkenny

Kilfane Glen and Waterfall is a rare beauty. Located 3.2km (3mi) north of Thomastown in Kilkenny it is a perfectly preserved example of a romantic era garden dating from the 1790’s. Within the confines of this excellently restored mini paradise are tiny bridges, ancient tress, wild foxgloves, ferns and many other examples of foliage, which are historically correct to the 18th Century.

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Kilfane Glen and Waterfalls, County Kilkenny

Dunmore Cave, County Kilkenny

Dunmore Cave features an interesting blend of the historical and geological. The caves are made up of a number of chambers, which were formed over millions of years ago and they contain some of the most impressive calcite formation in any Irish cave. Dunmore cave has been known to man for many centuries and is first mentioned in the 9th Century Irish Triads.

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Dunmore Cave, County Kilkenny

Tynan Walking Tour, Kilkenny City

Your experienced tour-guide will lead you on a leisurely walk through the winding streets and lane-ways of Kilkenny City. With nearly 30 years under their belt of walking visitors through some 800 years of Kilkenny’s history and over 16 historical sites visited on the tour, the delivery of the guide is both witty and informative.

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Tynan Walking Tour, Kilkenny City

Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny City

The magnificent Kilkenny Castle overlooks the River Nore and has guarded this important river crossing for more than nine hundred years. The castle gardens around Kilkenny Castle, with extensive woodland paths, rose garden and ornamental lake, are well worth a visit. A 12th Century castle, remodeled in Victorian times and set in extensive parkland, which was the principal seat of the Butler family.

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Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny City

Smithwick's Brewery Tour, County Kilkenny

Over 300 years ago in 1710, John Smithwick began brewing his first Ales - although the Smithwick’s story started long before then. He chose the site of an ancient monastery - St.Francis Abbey, to position his brewery. John was inspired by a tradition of brewing on this site, the foundations of which were laid four centuries earlier.

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Smithwick's Brewery Tour, County Kilkenny

St. Canice's Cathedral and Round Tower, Kilkenny City

St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower are an essential part of the structural heritage in the vibrant medieval city of Kilkenny. This site was founded in the 6th Century and named after St Canice. Cill Channigh is the Gaelic for the Church of Canice, the church that originally stood on the site in the 6th Century.Combining the early Christian settlement, the Round Tower, the Anglo Norman Cathedral and its rich cultural heritage makes St Canice’s Cathedral and its environs a must to visit while you are in Kilkenny.

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St. Canice's Cathedral and Round Tower, Kilkenny City

Jerpoint Abbey, County Kilkenny

Constructed during the second half of the 12th Century, and located near Thomastown, Kilkenny, Jerpoint Abbey is an outstanding Cistercian abbey. The building features Romanesque detailing from this period and in the transept chapels, visitors can also see 13th and 16th Century tomb sculptures, whilst the tower and cloister date from the 15th Century.

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Jerpoint Abbey, County Kilkenny

Kilkenny Design Craft Centre, Kilkenny City

Based in the medieval city of Kilkenny the creative heart of Ireland, the Centre is situated in what was once the stables of historic Kilkenny Castle, and is fittingly located adjacent to the National Craft Gallery one of Ireland’s most exciting artistic venues.

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Kilkenny Design Craft Centre, Kilkenny City

Waterford City, County Waterford

Waterford City is Ireland's oldest city dating back to 914 AD. The city has a rich history with direct connections to the Vikings and the Normans. It is also home to one of Ireland's most famous exports, Waterford Crystal.

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Waterford City, County Waterford

Waterford Crystal, County Waterford

The iconic House of Waterford Crystal in the heart of Waterford city, comprises of a brand new manufacturing facility, visitor centre and retail outlet. Visitors can enjoy all aspects of the manufacturing process through the factory tour and learn about both historical and contemporary production techniques through direct interaction with the craftsmen and the audiovisual materials.

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Waterford Crystal, County Waterford

Reginald's Tower Museum, County Waterford

Reginalds Tower is a circular tower, part of the town's defences, built in the beginning of the 13th century, with a second phase in the 15th century. It was also used as a mint, prison and military store. It has been restored and now houses an exhibition. Reginald's Tower is the oldest civic urban structure in Ireland and has played a pivotal role in the country's history. The precursor of this tower is believed to be Dundory, a Viking fortification built on this site during the 10th Century.

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Reginald's Tower Museum, County Waterford

Bishop's Palace, The Mall, Waterford City

The Bishop’s Palace in the heart of Waterford City, houses a veritable treasure trove of artefacts dating from the 18th century and covers the story of Waterford from 1700 to the 1970’s. It was designed by the Anglo-German architect Richard Cassles (Castles) who is one of Ireland’s most celebrated and beloved architect, having designed some of our most famous stately homes such as Powerscourt House in Wicklow and buildings such as the Rotunda Hospital and the seat of the Irish parliament, Leinster House both of which are in Dublin.

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Bishop's Palace, The Mall, Waterford City

Dungarvan Castle, County Waterford

Dungarvan Castle in Co. Waterford has been restored and houses an exhibition on the history of the castle. The Castle which was built in the early 13th Century overlooks Dungarvan Harbour. It became an Infantry Barracks in the 18th Century. During the Civil War in 1922 The Republicans occupied the building. It was later used by the Garda Siochana.

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Dungarvan Castle, County Waterford

Mount Congreve Gardens, County Waterford

Mount Congreve Gardens is made up of a staggering 70 acres (28.3 hectares) of planted woodland garden and a four acre (1.6 hectares) walled garden. This exceptionally beautifully and carefully designed expanse is the brainchild of Mr. Ambrose Congreve. Drawing his inspiration from Lionel de Rothschild and his garden at Exbury in Hampshire, England Congreve set about nurturing his own passion for Rhododendrons, Magnolias and Camellias.

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Mount Congreve Gardens, County Waterford

Blarney Castle, County Cork

Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention beyond Munster ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney, making it a world landmark and one of Ireland's greatest treasures.

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Blarney Castle, County Cork

Blarney Woollen Mills, County Cork

The Blarney Woollen Mills were built in 1823 and originally went by the name Mahony’s Mills. It was a great source of employment for the people of Blarney and the surrounding areas, producing tweeds and woollens of an excellent quality for sale both and home and abroad. Today the Blarney Woollen Mills is Ireland’s largest Irish gifts store, stocking an extensive range of Ireland’s finest home grown products. At the store you’ll find Waterford Crystal, Belleek Fine china, Royal Tara, Celtic Jewellery and not forgetting the infamous Aran Sweaters.

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Blarney Woollen Mills, County Cork

St. Anne's Church and Shandon Bells, Cork City

St. Anne’s Church, which dates back to the 6th Century is on of Cork City’s most outstanding attractions. Standing at 37 m (121 ft) tall it towers above the city making a stunning impression on the skyline, which is visible from wherever you are in the city. The Church is probably most well known for its bells: The Bells of Shandon. Visitors can climb to the top of the church tower where the bells reside and enjoy spectacular views of the city below, as well as getting the chance to ring the infamous bells.

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St. Anne's Church and Shandon Bells, Cork City

St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, Cork City

St. Finbarr’s Cathedral is situated in the centre of Cork City, Ireland. Designed by William Burges and consecrated in 1870, the Cathedral lies on a site where Christian worship has been offered since the 7th Century. Legend has it that St. Finbarr was the son of Amergin, whose tribe was descended from Eochaidh Muidmheadoin, brother of the king of Munster.

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St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, Cork City

Cork City Gaol, Cork City

Cork is a city with a very rich historical and archaeological heritage - much of it still in evidence today. Part of this heritage, Cork City Gaol is located 2k (1.2MI) n/w from Patrick’s Street and while the magnificent castle-like building is now a major and unique visitor attraction, this Gaol once housed 19th Century prisoners!

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Cork City Gaol, Cork City

Fota Wildlife Park, County Cork

A trip to Fota Wildlife Park, one of Europe's most modern wildlife parks, is thoroughly enjoyable as well as being educational too.The Park is set on 70 acres on the scenic Fota Island in the heart of Cork Harbour, only fifteen minutes from Cork City.

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Fota Wildlife Park, County Cork

Kinsale, County Cork

Kinsale is a small harbour town in West Cork located just 18 miles outside of Cork City. The town was originally a medieval fishing port and in more recent times has become renowned for its gourmet food, picturesque views and golf.

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Kinsale, County Cork

Cobh, County Cork

Cobh (pronounced cove) is situated in south west Ireland, just twenty minutes from Cork City. In 1849, following the visit of Queen Victoria the town was renamed Queenstown but in 1921, it once again reverted to the old name of Cobh. It lies on Great Island, one of three such islands in Cork Harbour – the other two being Fota and Little Island – all now linked by a network of bridges and roads.

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Cobh, County Cork

Cobh Titanic Trail, County Cork

The Titanic Trail Cobh (Queenstown) in Cork, is a fascintating guided tour that explores the town of Cobh in Cork Harbour, which was the last port of call of the RMS Titanic. This Irish heritage walking tour takes visitors through the historic town of Cobh where the buildings, streets and piers have not changed since the Titanic’s sinking nearly 100 years ago.

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Cobh Titanic Trail, County Cork

Ring of Kerry, County Kerry

The Ring of Kerry, also known as the Iveragh Peninsula is part of a mythical and unspoilt region in the south west of Ireland that has been attracting visitors for hundreds of years. The area is full of spectacular attractions and it’s natural beauty makes it the perfect center for outdoor pursuits such as golf, cycling, walking, water-sports and fishing.

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Ring of Kerry, County Kerry

Kerry Bog Village, Ballincleave, Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry

Situated on the Ring of Kerry, between Killorglin and Glenbeigh, lies the Kerry Bog Village Museum which has re-created how people lived and worked in the Ireland of the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Kerry Bog Village, Ballincleave, Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry

Killarney National Park, County Kerry

South and west of the town of Killarney in Co. Kerry is an expanse of rugged mountainous country. This includes the McGillycuddy's Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland which rises to a height of over 1000 meters. At the foot of these mountains nestle the world famous South and west of the town of Killarney in Co. Kerry is an expanse of rugged mountainous country. This includes the McGillycuddy's Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland which rises to a height of over 1000 meters. At the foot of these mountains nestle the world famous lakes of Killarney.of Killarney.

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Killarney National Park, County Kerry

Muckross House and Gardens, County Kerry

Situated in the Killarney National Park, Muckross House and Gardens are among the most popular of Irish visitor attractions, with the house itself situated close to the shores of Muckross Lake.Muckross House was built for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife with building commenced in 1839 and completed in 1843. Today the principal rooms of the house are furnished in period style and portray the elegant lifestyle of the 19th Century landowning class.

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Muckross House and Gardens, County Kerry

Tangney's Jaunting Cars and Lakes of Killarney Cruise, County Kerry

Killarney Jaunting Cars is the perfect option to show you the hidden delights of Killarney National Parklands and the famous Lakes of Killarney that will forever captivate you by its beauty and charm. The Tangney Family’s intimate knowledge of Killarney and its surrounds derives from five generations of touring the scenic routes of the Killarney National Park.

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Tangney's Jaunting Cars and Lakes of Killarney Cruise, County Kerry

Kate Kearney's Cottage, County Kerry

Nestled at the entrance to the world famous Gap of Dunloe lies Kate Kearney's Cottage, a 150 year old family-run establishment. At "‘Kate's" you will enjoy the tradition of hospitality made famous by the legendary Kate herself.

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Kate Kearney's Cottage, County Kerry

Listowel Castle, County Kerry

The construction date of the earliest castle at Listowel dates to the 13th century but the present castle was probably built in the 15th Century by the FitzMaurices. The castle stands on an elevation on a steep bank, overlooking the river Feale, above the location of a strategic ford in Listowel town center.

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Listowel Castle, County Kerry

Siamsa Tire, County Kerry

Siamsa, pronounced “Shee-am-sa”, comes from the Irish language. The word itself expresses mirth and music, Tíre means ‘of the land’. At the heart of Siamsa Tíre lies a five person professional core group of full-time players supported by selected artists drawn from the local community but trained in the unique Siamsa style and idiom. Full-time and community performers integrate and blend into a dedicated and talented team.

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Siamsa Tire, County Kerry

Blennerville Windmill, County Kerry

Blennerville Windmill is a constant reminder of Ireland’s rich heritage and links with industry. Built in and around 1800 by Sir Rowland Blennerhassett, the windmill was in orperation for 30 years. In 1890 the windmills fell into disrepair, but in 1984 restoration began on the structure and Blennerville is now featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest working windmill in Ireland.

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Blennerville Windmill, County Kerry

Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry

The Dingle Peninsula (or Corca Dhuibhne in Gaelic) is one of the most remote regions in Ireland. It’s staggering natural beauty and intriguing history has inspired a plethora of poets, singers and musicians and brought thousands of visitors to the region to see what so many speak of. The Dingle Peninsula lies in Ireland’s southwest and stretches some 48 kilometres - dominated by mountains and steep cliffs, intermittently broken by sandy beaches The famous Blasket Islands so eloquently written of by Peig Sayers lie to the western side of the peninsula. One of it’s most westerly villages Dún Chaoin is often jokingly referred to as "the next parish to America"

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Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry

Fahan Beehive Huts, Dingle,County Kerry

The Fahan Beehive Huts, also known as Caher Conor, are located on the south side of Mount Eagle, to the west of Dingle Town. The Caher Conor complex consists of five structures and the huts (or clochan in Irish) were probably once single family dwellings, attached to each other with via inter-connecting doorways - linking the huts together.

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Fahan Beehive Huts, Dingle,County Kerry

Gallarus Oratory, County Kerry

The Gallarus Oratory, a small, stone built chapel in the shape of an up-turned boat is one of the most famous landmarks on the Dingle Peninsula. The Oratory is built of stone without mortar, using “corbel vaulting”, a technique developed by Neolithic tomb-makers. The Oratory is a national monument in the care of the Office of Public Works and may be viewed free of charge.

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Gallarus Oratory, County Kerry

Dunbeg Fort, County Kerry

The location of An Dún Beag, or Dunbeag Promontory Fort, makes it one of the most dramatic archaeological sites on the Dingle peninsula. Archaeological excavations have shown that the earliest phase of construction on the site may have been as early as the 6th century BC. Although there is other evidence showing that there may have been intermittent temporary settlement much later in the 8th or 9th Centuries in relation to the inner fosse. This clochán structure was also possibly occupied in the 10th or 11th Centuries.

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Dunbeg Fort, County Kerry

Adare Castle and Heritage Centre, County Limerick

Snuggled in a wooded setting among the rich farmlands of the Golden Vale by the River Maigue, Adare is a model village dating from the time of the Norman conquest. Regarded as a fine example of a medieval fortified castle in Ireland Adare is home to one of a number of outstanding castles situated in County Limerick..

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Adare Castle and Heritage Centre, County Limerick

Limerick City, County Limerick

Limerick is Ireland's fourth largest city and has also been awarded the first ever City of Culture within the Republic of Ireland for 2014. There is lots to do with plenty of history, shopping and culture.

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Limerick City, County Limerick

King John's Castle, Limerick City

King John’s Castle is a 13th Century Castle on ‘King’s Island’ in the heart of medieval Limerick City. The Castle overlooks the majestic River Shannon offering wonderful views of Limerick City.

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King John's Castle, Limerick City

Hunt Museum, Limerick City

The Hunt Museum houses a diverse collection of antiquities and fine and decorative art. It reflects the tastes and interests of the two people who formed it, John and Gertrude Hunt. There are artefacts from Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Olmec civilisation.

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Hunt Museum, Limerick City

Frank McCourt Museum, Limerick City

Leamy House (formerly known as Leamy School) is a tudor-style, listed building with an interesting facade. The building was erected in 1843 through the munificence of William Leamy who, before he died some years earlier, left a large sum of money in trust for the education of poor Protestant boys. Due to dwindling numbers in 1880, the school became a National School for Catholic boys and thus it continued until 1953.

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Frank McCourt Museum, Limerick City

Foynes Flying Boat Museum, County Limerick

The Foynes Flying Boat Museum, housed in the original terminal building in Foynes, recalls that nostalgic era when Foynes became the centre of the aviation world from 1937 to 1945. Foyne's amazing story is told through a comprehensive range of exhibits and graphic illustrations featured throughout the original Terminal Building including in our authentic 1940's cinema; the Radio and Weather Rooms—complete with transmitters, receivers and Morse code equipment; the Brendan O'Regan restaurant and of course, the only full sized replica B314 flying boat.

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Foynes Flying Boat Museum, County Limerick

Burren Region, County Clare

The Burren, from the Gaelic word Boireann is an area of limestone rock covering imposing majestic mountains, and tranquil valleys with gently meandering streams. With its innate sense of spiritual peace, extraordinary array of flora and wildlife, and megalithic tombs and monuments older than Egypt's pyramids, the Burren creates a tapestry of colour and a seductively magical aura which few people leave without wanting to experience again.

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Burren Region, County Clare

Burren Smokehouse, County Clare

The Burren Smokehouse Visitors Centre was established in 1995, to create a window for the smokehouse own products and other local gourmet products and crafts. It has become a popular tourist attraction in the North County Clare area and welcomes over 30,000 visitors from all over the world each year. Visit the Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre and get a tasting of the Burren smoked salmon. You can discover mosaics inside and outside the shop, and look at the first kiln that was used when the Burren Smokehouse was first set up.

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Burren Smokehouse, County Clare

Caherconnell Stone Fort, County Clare

Caherconnell Stone Fort, situated 1km (0.6mi) south of Poulnabrone dolmen in the heart of the Burren Ireland, offers you the opportunity to visit an exceptionally well preserved example of the stone forts or stone ringforts, which are to be found in the Burren in Ireland. The fort is in its original state. Its position, overlooking virtually all-surrounding areas suggests a defensive settlement. Ringforts such as Caherconnell are thought to have been inhabited from 400-1200 AD.

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Caherconnell Stone Fort, County Clare

Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's top Visitor attractions in County Clare. The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of Clare. O'Brien's Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South.

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Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, County Clare

At Ireland’s premier visitor attraction you are invited to explore three wonderful experiences – the acclaimed 15th Century Bunratty Castle, the 19th century Bunratty Folk Park and the Village Street. The Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. Today, the castle stands peacefully in delightful grounds.

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Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, County Clare

Bunratty Banquet, County Clare

Bunratty Castle, built in the 15th Century by the Earl of Thomond, stands on the banks of the Rathy River in Clare. During his rule, the Earl was known for hospitality and regularly lavished his guests with entertainment. The Bunratty Medieval Banquet is now held twice nightly throughout the year harking back to the Earl’s extravagant banquets.

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Bunratty Banquet, County Clare

Durty Nelly's, County Clare

Durty Nelly’s is one of Ireland’s most famous pubs and offers a truly unique Irish experience through its history and character. Often copied but never replaced, this truly unique piece of Irish heritage dates back to 1620. Enjoy the craic agus ceoil at the world-renowned Durty Nelly’s where there’s live Traditional Irish music seven nights a week and festivals all year.

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Durty Nelly's, County Clare

Galway City, County Galway

Galway is Ireland's 4th largest city and a hugely popular tourist destination for both Irish and international visitors. The city is vibrant with festivals and events constantly on. There is also a lot cultural interest with literary ties to a number of Ireland's great writers. The local people are incredibly friendly and will help ensure a stop here will never be forgotten.

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Galway City, County Galway

Galway City Museum, Galway City

The Galway Museum is essentially a folk museum and it features a considerable number of artefacts related to the fishing industry, which was, and is an integral part of tradition in the city. The museum aims to provide a cross section of the antiques and implements that were historically used in Galway, reflecting its traditions. Artefacts include farm implements and tools as well as pieces of machinery. There is an impressive collection of military material, including arms.

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Galway City Museum, Galway City

Spanish Arch, Galway City

Thee Spanish Arch built in 1584, stands on the left bank of the River Corrib, where Galway's river meets the sea. The arch is the remainder of a 16th Century bastion, added to the town's walls to protect merchant ships from looting. At this time, it was known as Ceann an Bhalla (Head of the Wall).

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Spanish Arch, Galway City

Galway Cathedral, Galway City

Situated on the banks of the River Corrib in Galway City, Galway Cathedral is the most recently built of Europe's great stone cathedrals, and is the centre of a vibrant community. Galway Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora. The word "cathedral" is derived from the Greek "kathedra", meaning a seat; and indeed this seat is to be found within the sanctuary of the Cathedral.

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Galway Cathedral, Galway City

Eyre Square, Galway City

Eyre Square was officially renamed Kennedy Memorial Park in 1965 in honour of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, who visited Galway City a short time before his assassination. Now a public park, the plot of land originally took its name from Mayor Edward Eyre who presented the land to the city in 1710.

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Eyre Square, Galway City

Trad on the Prom, County Galway

Providing Irish song, dance and music from some of the most talented Irish musicians, dancers and singers in the country this is a showcase of contemporary Irish traditional culture that is not to be missed, with critics hailing it as “the best Irish show of the year”.

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Trad on the Prom, County Galway

Connemara Region, County Galway

Connemara (in Irish: Conamara), which derives from Conmhaicne Mara (meaning: descendants of Con Mhac, of the sea), is a district in the west of Ireland comprising of a broad peninsula between Killary Harbour and Kilkieran Bay in the west of County Galway or south west Connacht. The Conmhaicne Mara were a branch of the Conmhaicne, an early tribal grouping that had a number of branches located in different parts of Connacht.

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Connemara Region, County Galway

Kylemore Abbey, County Galway

Known as Ireland’s most romantic Castle, Kylemore Abbey, located in Connemara, Co. Galway is the No.1 tourist attraction in the West of Ireland. Perfect for a family day out and easily accessible from Galway or Mayo, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden offers visitors scenic photographic opportunities as well as woodland walks, garden tours, fascinating history, beautiful architecture, ample shopping in the craft shop and tempting homemade delights in the restaurant and tea rooms.

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Kylemore Abbey, County Galway

Connemara National Park, County Galway

Connemara National Park is situated in the west of Ireland in County Galway and covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range which are a dominant feature of the Connemara countryside.

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Connemara National Park, County Galway

Maam Valley, County Galway

The quaint wooded town land of Maam can be found in the Connemara region. In the shadow of the Maamturk Mountains and situated ideally beside some great fishing lakes, this picturesque setting has a somewhat enchanting feel to it with numerous pre-historic and early historic sites scattered around the area.

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Maam Valley, County Galway

Killary Fjord, County Galway

Killary Harbour/An Caoláire Rua is a fjord located in the West of Ireland in the heart of Connemara which forms a natural border between counties Galway and Mayo. It is 16 km (9.94 mi) long and in the centre over 45 m (148 ft.) deep. It is one of three glacial fjords that exist in Ireland, the others being Lough Swilly and Carlingford Lough.

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Killary Fjord, County Galway

Killary Cruises, County Galway

No visit to Connemara would be complete without a visit to Killary Fjord. The nine mile long inlet boasts some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland, and because of its sheltered nature, its waters are always calm.

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Killary Cruises, County Galway

Westport, County Mayo

Westport is a unique town because of its layout and location. It was planned and designed by the renowned architect Jame Leeson. Situated near Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s most famous mountain and on the shores of Clew Bay, its old world harbor was once a thriving port serving the County of Mayo. Westport is very different in design from any other Irish town. A visit to Westport will confirm its uniqueness.

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Westport, County Mayo

Westport House and Gardens, County Mayo

Westport House & Gardens has 30 rooms and dungeons, extensive gardens and a tree trail, guided tours, original architecture, artwork and antiques, tea Rooms set in the restored old kitchens and four comprehensive exhibitions. It was the home of Grace O’Malley (Granuaile), the Pirate Queen of Connaught. Daily guided tours take place during high season.

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Westport House and Gardens, County Mayo

Croagh Patrick, County Mayo

Croagh Patrick (nicknamed The Reek) located 8 km (5 miles) from Westport in Mayo is a 764 metres tall mountain, which is has become an important pilgrimage site. On the last Sunday of July every year (“Reek Sunday”), the mountain sees 15,000 pilgrims climb to the top. Saint Patrick is said to have fasted on the summit of the great mountain for forty days in the 5th century. Patrick is reputed to have built a church on the summit of Croagh Patrick, however the church that now stands there was built in 1905.

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Croagh Patrick, County Mayo

Céide Fields, County Mayo

The Céide Fields in North Mayo will give you a unique experience. This is not just another archaeological monument or visitor centre. At Céide Fields you can indulge yourself in a vast prehistoric landscape, a natural wild ecology of blanket bog, dramatic cliffs and coastline, and a much acclaimed building, which has received Ireland's most prestigious architectural award.

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Céide Fields, County Mayo

Achill Island, County Mayo

Achill Island is Ireland’s largest offshore island and can be accessed via a road bridge. Once there you’ll find a plethora of activities, sights and breath-taking scenery. The Atlantic Drive for example takes visitors on a 40km round trip that includes the very best of the island’s scenery.

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Achill Island, County Mayo

Kilbeggan Distillery Experience, County Westmeath

The Kilbeggan Distillery Experience is the last remaining example of a small pot still whiskey distillery in Ireland. It was licensed in 1757 and whiskey production continued for 200 years until 1957, when the distillery closed its doors. In 1982, the local people began restoring the old distillery and today it is open to the public as a Museum.

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Kilbeggan Distillery Experience, County Westmeath

National Stud and Japanese Gardens, County Kildare

The world renowned National Stud is home to some of Ireland's finest thoroughbreds. Located only an hour from Dublin in Tully, County Kildare, this one thousand acre farm has been in use as a stud farm since 1900. A major tourist attraction, the stud also boasts the Japanese Gardens, a Horse Museum, Saint Fiachra's Garden and a Visitor Centre.

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National Stud and Japanese Gardens, County Kildare

Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre, County Meath

Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 BC), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. It was built during the Neolithic or New Stone Age by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley in Co. Meath, Ireland. Archaeologists classified Newgrange as a passage tomb, however it is now recognized to be much more than a passage tomb. Ancient Temple is a more fitting classification, a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance.

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Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre, County Meath

Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre, County Offaly

Visit the Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre - the home of Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey. This is where the world famous Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey was first inspired and distilled - in the bustling town of Tullamore, County Offaly, in the Midlands of Ireland. The Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre Tour is one of the best whiskey distillery tours in Ireland. Visitors to the Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre have a choice of a self guided tour or joining one of the guided tours. Pre booking of guided tours is recommended.

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Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre, County Offaly

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