Best of Ireland Self-Drive Tour 11 Days
10 Night Tour From $1,089 pps
This tour arrives into and departs from Dublin, but can be customised to include Shannon as an arrival/departure point.
Attractions on This Tour
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).
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!
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin City
At the heart of the city of Dublin for almost a thousand years, Christ Church cathedral has a rich cultural history which can be traced from the Vikings and the Anglo-Normans to the present. Its diverse architectural and sculptural heritage remains a source of fascination to visitors and pilgrims alike who enter this hallowed space.
St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin City
Built in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin.The parish church of Saint Patrick on this site was granted collegiate status in 1191, and raised to cathedral status in 1224. The present building dates from 1220. The Cathedral is today the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland (a church of the Anglican Communion).
Pat Liddy's Walking Tours, Dublin City
Pat Liddy is a well-known Dublin historian, author and artist who has developed a unique walking tour service for Dublin. Covering the inner city and, by advance request, the coastal villages, waterways, hills and intriguing suburbs, the tours are compiled by Pat Liddy himself based on his years of experience, historical research and the collection of anecdotal and legendary stories of Ireland's Capital 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.
Dublin Castle, Dublin City
Since its foundation in 1204 Dublin Castle has been at the heart of the history and evolution of the city. Today, spanning an area of over 44,000 square meters (11 acres), the site contains 2 museums, 2 cafés, an international conference centre, 2 gardens, Government Buildings and the State Apartments which are the most important state rooms in the country.
National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Dublin City
The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street, first opened its doors in 1890. Here you'll find artifacts dating from 7000BC to the 20th Century exhibited in seven galleries. The Treasury exhibition space is currently closed for refurbishment but visitors can still see the beautiful Iconic Treasures exhibition in the small treasury which features iconic artifacts such as the Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard.
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.
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.
Old Jameson Distillery, Dublin City
A visit to the Old Jameson Distillery is so much more than just a tour, it is an exciting and engaging experience, guaranteed to enlighten and entertain any visitor.
Phoenix Park, Dublin City
The Phoenix Park at 707 hectares (1752 acres) is a historic landscape of international importance and one of the largest designed landscapes in any European city. It was originally established as a Royal deer park in the 17th century. The Park is open 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, all year round and is home to Áras an Uachtaráin, the President’s House.
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.
Brazen Head - Food, Fairies & Folklore Night, Dublin City
The Food, Fairies and Folklore night is a regular event hosted by The Brazen Head – Ireland’s oldest pub. The pub itself which dates back to 1198 has managed to retain the charm and characteristics of its past and in particular its patrons, who have included literary greats such as: James Joyce, Jonathon Swift and Brendan Behan alongside such famed revolutionaries as Robert Emmet, Daniel O’ Connell, Wolfe Tone and Michael Collins.
Butlers - Chocolate Experience, County Dublin
Butlers Chocolate Experience is ultimate chocolate discovery tour in Ireland. Based in the home of Butlers Chocolates a visit here is a must for chocolate lovers of all ages.
Powerscourt House and Gardens, County Wicklow
The Powerscourt Estate is is located in Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, just 19km (11.4mi) south of Dublin. The gardens are comprised of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, rambling walks, ornamental lakes and over 200 varieties of trees and shrubs. The 18th Century Palladian House incorporates a variety of shops, terrace café and house exhibition.
Powerscourt Waterfall, County Wicklow
Powerscourt Waterfall is Ireland's highest at 121m (398ft.) and is 6km (3.6mi) from the Main Estate. It is set in one of Irelands most beautiful parklands at the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. As you drive from the gatelodge towards the Waterfall you are surrounded by Beech, Oak, Larch and Pine trees some of which were planted over 200 years ago. Look out for the Giant Redwoods, which are native to Northern California where they may grow up to 80m (262ft) high and live for 4,000 years so they are still youngsters.
Glendalough, County Wicklow
Glendalough, Co. Wicklow is one of Ireland's most beautiful visitors' destinations. For thousands of years people have been drawn to 'the valley of the two lakes' for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. Glendalough has long been an area renowned for its natural beauty and history and it is one of the most visited places in Ireland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jerpoint Park, County Kilkenny
Allow me to open our home to you in Jerpoint Park in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny and enrich Irish holidays by viewing life in a period family home, where elegant rooms serve as tea rooms once graced by the Earl’s of Belmore and Carrick. A family home now to the O’Connells this early 18th Century Country House is beautifully arranged with antiques and family memorabilia. Delicious homemade scones are served to our valued visitors.
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.
Kilkenny Traditional Irish Music Trail, Kilkenny City
The Kilkenny Traditional Irish Music Trail will take you on a journey of fun, music, stories, history, culture and always with bit of merriment to boot. Guided by two professional musicians, the tour meanders through Kilkenny’s bustling city centre streets stopping off at the most iconic traditional public houses the city has to offer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Viking Triangle, Waterford City
The Viking Triangle Experience in Waterford City takes you back to the time of the Vikings who first founded Ireland's oldest city and brings you up to the Victorian period. This tour is an absolute must for any history buff.
Lismore Castle, County Waterford
Lismore Caslte is built on the site, which originally was occupied by Lismore Abbe. Established in the early 7th Century, Lismore Abbey was an important monastery and seat of learning. The castle has a long and illustrious past, with connections to the Earls of Cork and the Dukes of Devonshire. The 12th Duke succeeded to the title in 2004 and although he continues to live mainly on the family’s Bolton Abbey estate, his son William Burlington maintains an apartment in Lismore Castle. In 2006, he converted the derelict west range into a contemporary gallery know as Lismore Castle Arts.
St. Carthage's Cathedral, County Waterford
Through the imposing gothic gates of St. Carthage’s Cathedral, you will find an abundance of history. The Cathedral dates back to 1630, when it was built by the earl of cork – Richard Boyle. This is the structure, which you see today (although some of the structure has been altered since), but the first stone church to stand on this site was build in the 1200’s, and gravestones slabs from monastic times can be found on the wall of the cathedral.
Lismore Heritage Experience, County Waterford
Make sure to visit the Lismore Heritage Centre when you're in town. Here you can stroll through the Lismore Experience exhibition gallery which was recently refurbished. Come face to face with the historic figures who have shaped Lismore since its foundation in 636 including Miler McGrath, Walter Raleigh, Richard Boyle and the Dukes of Devonshire. Replicas of the ancient treasures of the town are on display.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cork City, County Cork
In the 7th century St. Finbarr founded a monastery on marshy land and so laid the foundations stones of Cork City – the name deriving from the Gaelic – corach meaning marshy place. Over the subsequent centuries, it survived the arrival of the Vikings, Normans and English and today it is Ireland’s second largest city (after Dublin)
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.
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.
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!
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.
Jameson Experience, Cork City
Follow the old distillery trail through mills, maltings, stillhouse, warehouses and kilns - some of these buildings date back to 1795. Unique within Ireland and Britain, you can also see the fully operational water wheel and large grain stores.
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.
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.
Charles Fort, County Cork
Charles Fort is a star fort located on the water's edge, at the southern end of the village of Summer Cove, on Kinsale harbour, County Cork, Ireland. James' Fort is located on the other side of the harbour.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ross Castle, County Kerry
Ross Castle sits on the edge of Killarney's lower lake and was built by O' Donoghue Mór in the 15th Century. The Castle came into the hands of the Brownes who became the Earls of Kenmare and owned an extensive portion of the lands that are now part of Killarney National Park. Legend has it that O' Donoghue still exists in a deep slumber under the waters of Lough Leane.
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.
Muckross Friary, County Kerry
This Franciscan Friary was founded in the 15th century and is in a remarkable state of preservation. The tower was added after the church was built and is the only Franciscan tower in Ireland which is as wide as the church. The cloister and its associated buildings are complete and an old yew tree stands in the centre. The monks were finally driven out by the Cromwellians in 1652.
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.
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.
Derrynane House, County Kerry
Derrynane House is the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell, lawyer, politician and statesman. It is situated on 120 hectares of parklands on the scenic Kerry coast, 3.5kms (2.2mi) from Caherdaniel. The house and grounds have been preserved and are open to the public every day during the summer months and anyone touring the Ring of Kerry should make a point of visiting.
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.
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.
Ardfert Cathedral, County Kerry
Ardfert Cathedral has a Romanesque west doorway with outward pointing chevron decoration in the Anglo-Norman style. It is flanked by blind arcading with lozenge-stonework similar to that found in parts of south-west France. It also has a 13th Century east window and a row of nine lancets in the south wall. Two effigies of ecclesiastical figures of the late 13th or early 14th Century period are mounted on either side of the east window. The battlements were added in the 15th Century. The pre-12th Century block of masonry is clearly visible in the north wall.
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"
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.
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.
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.
Slea Head Famine Cottages and Animal Park, County Kerry
Step back in time to one of Ireland’s authentic famine cottages. Located on the Slea Head Drive, with magnificent views overlooking Dingle Bay and the Skellig Islands, the Famine Cottages offer visitors an inside look as to how West Kerry families lived during the 1800’s.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Doolin Cave, County Clare
Doolin Cave is one of Europe's most compelling cave attractions. It is a truly authentic experience and your only opportunity to see one of the largest free hanging stalactites in the world.
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.
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.
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.
Claddagh Region, County Galway
Claddagh (meaning "the stony beach") is an area close to the city centre of Galway, where the Corrib River meets Galway Bay. It was formerly a fishing village, just outside the old city walls. It is just across the river from the Spanish Arch, which was the location of regular fish markets where the locals supplied the city with seafood as recently as the end of the 19th Century. People have been gathering seafood and fishing from the area for millennia.
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.
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).
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Clifden, County Galway
Clifden, nestled amidst breathtaking mountain scenery and beautiful rugged coastline is one of Ireland's most loved towns. Located in the West of of the county, Clifden is the largest town in Connemara, which of course is an outstanding jewel in Ireland's scenic crown. Below you’ll find information on some of the attractions in this beautiful area.
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.
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.
Connemara Celtic Crystal, County Galway
Celtic Crystal is situated in the Connemara Gaeltacht (an Irish language speaking area) in the village of Moycullen, 7 mi (12 km) from Galway City. Located on the site of the "old railway station", which formed part of the famous Clifden line, Celtic Crystal was founded in 1972. This family-run business has been pioneering the incorporation of Celtic designs and Gaelic motifs into its ornate Irish Crystal and it is proud to claim leadership in this field.
Connemara Marble Factory, County Galway
The mining of Connemara Marble is one of Ireland’s oldest indigenous industries. The Connemara Marble Visitor Center is located at Moycullen, 8 miles west of Galway City on the N59. The marble factory showroom and shop has Ireland's largest display of Connemara Marble jewellery, fashioned in gold and silver depicting the shamrock, harp, Celtic cross and the Claddagh ring.
Connemara Smokehouse, County Galway
Family owned and run by the Roberts Family since 1979, Connemara Smokehouse is the oldest smokehouse in Connemara and one of the oldest in Western Ireland. It is one of the few remaining smokehouses still specialising in smoking wild Atlantic salmon.
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.
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.
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.
Ashford Castle Grounds, County Mayo
Ireland’s grandest castle hotel, with a history dating back to the early 13th Century, Ashford Castle is set in 350 acres (142 hectares) of parkland, and anyone who loves beautiful surroundings will be thrilled to visit the gardens and grounds - or maybe even stay there! Grandeur, formality and tranquillity are the essential characteristics, first seen in the approach through well manicured lawns, in the entrance and formal gardens. Once inside you'll find a succession of impressive public rooms that illustrate a long and proud history – panelled walls, oil paintings, balustrades, suits of armour and magnificent fireplaces.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Knock Shrine, County Mayo
The Story of Knock began on Thursday evening of the 21st August, 1879, Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of the church at Knock, County Mayo, Ireland. Beside them and a little to their left was an altar with a cross and the figure of a lamb, around which angels hovered.
Boyle Abbey, County Roscommon
Located in Boyle town on the N4, stand the magnificent restored ruins of the Cistercian Abbey founded in 1161 by Maurice O’Duffy. The Abbey Church was consecrated in 1220. It is of Romanesque and Gothic design and despite being plundered on a number of occasions, its architectural splendour makes it one of the finest remaining examples of Medieval art. The Abbey is the daughter house of Mellifont, Co. Louth. Despite many damages due to several wars, it is still regarded as the finest of the Cistercian churches to survive in Ireland with the majesty of the south arcade unparalleled elsewhere in the country.
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.
Slane Castle, County Meath
Slane Castle is set in the middle of a 1,500 acre estate in the heart of the Boyne Valley and has been in the family of the Conyngham’s since 1701. Slane Castle is steeped in history and with the river Boyne flowing below the Castle, it has a mystical quality. The Hill of Slane, which overlooks the Castle, is where St. Patrick lit his paschal fire, following which he was summoned by the High King to Tara, and Ireland was subsequently converted to Christianity.
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.
Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, County Meath
The Battle of the Boyne between King William III and his father-in-law, King James II, was fought in July 1690. Both kings commanded their armies in person, 36,000 on the Williamite side and 25,000 on the Jacobite side - the largest number of troops ever deployed on an Irish battlefield. At stake were the British throne, French dominance in Europe and Religious power in Ireland.
Loughcrew Cairns, County Meath
In a landscape of inspiring beauty and intriguing history, the cairns at Loughcrew form the largest complex of passage graves in Ireland. The Cairns are megalithic structures originally built about 4000 bc as burial chambers. The cairns are in two groups; Carnbane West, about 15 cairns, including Cairn L which is roofed and contains superb symbolic carvings in good condition. This group is some 2km walk from the Car Park on gently sloping ground. Carnbane East includes Cairn T, also roofed and with excellent engravings, and is a shorter but steeper walk.The climb to Cairn T is very steep and visitors are asked to wear suitable footwear and to be careful. There is no access for visitors in wheelchairs.
Trim Castle, County Meath
Trim Castle is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. It was constructed over a thirty year period by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter. He was granted the Liberty of Meath by King Henry II in 1172 - a move which aimed to curb the expansionist policies of Richard de Clare (Strongbow).
Hill of Tara, County Meath
Though best known as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, the Hill of Tara, which is s about 1.6 kms (0.9 mi) to the right off the main Navan/ Dublin Road, has been an important site since the late Stone Age when a passage-tomb was constructed there. Tara was at the height of its power as a political and religious centre in the early centuries after Christ. It is the wealth of history and legend associated with Royal Tara as the ancient spiritual and political Capital of Ireland, and its central place in Irish History, which attracts ongoing, national and international interest.