Ireland is truly one of the great sightseeing destinations. The local people are wholeheartedly welcoming and entertaining socially. Travellers can expect an abundance of beautiful natural landscapes and there are cultural and historical attractions aplenty. Also, the Guinness really tastes better here at the source. The country has a wider significance for many American visitors, whose ancestors came from these shores in great numbers.
Although there are must-see attractions like Blarney Castle, Trinity College and the soaring Cliffs of Moher, the real magic of Ireland lies in the unexpected encounters with the local people and unplanned evenings in country pubs, where impromptu gigs can set the soul alight. Ireland is full of music and good cheer and no amount of rain can dampen local spirits.
Winter is not the best time to visit, as it is cold and rainy. Travellers should plan trips for the summer months between April and September. The ideal ways to get around are by rented car or bicycle, which visitors can use to explore the photogenic country lanes. The roads are good in Ireland and driving around is not unduly stressful.
Kinsale is an old fishing village just 18 miles (29km) south of Cork. It's best known for the world renowned Old Head Golf Links, set on a narrow head jutting out into the Celtic Sea. Kinsale has a number of interesting sights,... see full details
Trinity College Dublin
Trinity College is Ireland's oldest university and counts Jonathan Swift, Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde, along with many other great thinkers and writers, among its past students. It was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. The complex is home to many glorious buildings,... see full details
Temple Bar District
The Irish capital is known for its nightlife and many visitors come to Dublin primarily to enjoy the great beer, food, traditional music, and friendly locals that make the pub scene so famous.
This quaint, cobbled district is the hub Dublin's toursit nightlight. There... see full details
Although Guinness is now brewed all over the world, St James's Gate, in the heart of Dublin, was where Arthur Guinness set up the business in 1759. The Guinness Storehouse celebrates Ireland's favourite brew by taking visitors on a journey, floor by floor, through... see full details
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St Patrick's Cathedral is Ireland's largest church. It's erected on the site where St. Patrick is believed to have baptized his converts to the Christian faith when he visited Dublin. The current building dates back to the 12th century, although it has been restored... see full details
James Joyce Museum
Located nine miles (14km) south of Dublin, the Martello Tower is one of 34 towers built in 1804 to protect Ireland against a possible Napoleonic naval invasion. The tower was demilitarised in the 1860s and is now home to the James Joyce Museum.... see full details
Built around 1446, Blarney Castle is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic castles. An ancient stronghold of the MacCarthys, Lords of Muskerry, and one of the strongest fortresses in Munster, its walls are 18ft (5m) thick in places. Located on the parapet... see full details
Nestled in a wooded landscape among the picturesque farmlands of the Golden Vale, Adare is known as one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. It is conveniently located just ten miles (16km) from Limerick City, and connected to many other Irish towns by... see full details
Kerry County is widely regarded as the most beautiful region in Ireland. It's the country's most popular tourist destination with its rugged scenery, picturesque villages, coastal resorts and wealth of attractions. The panoramic Ring of Kerry drive on the Iveragh Peninsula affords spectacular views... see full details
Cliffs of Moher
The steep and wondrous Cliffs of Moher overlook the Atlantic Ocean in County Clare, and are one of Ireland's top visitor sights. The majestic cliffs rise from the ocean to a height of 702ft (214m) and extend for a distance of five miles... see full details
The Old Jameson Distillery
Jameson, who was actually a Scotsman, moved to Dublin to start a whiskey distillery in the 1770s and clearly made a lasting impression on the industry, despite the many distilleries making fine Irish whiskey in Dublin at the time.
The Old Jameson Distillery is... see full details