The Emerald Isle | “Green of Dreams”
This small, world-famous capital will not disappoint in the slightest. The best way to immerse yourself in the culture is a night out at the pubs. The Temple Bar is a popular spot and a great place to start your night. Locally made Irish whiskey and dark ale are both a must-try. Highlights of Dublin include the Old Library at Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells, the National Museum of Ireland, and the Guinness Storehouse. Try The Croke Park Hotel, The Westbury Hotel, or The Shelbourne Dublin for accommodations.
One of the top sights in Cork is the Cork City Gaol. Built in 1824, it housed both male and female prisoners who committed crimes throughout the city. St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral is a must, as well as the English Market. One of the best foodie scenes in the country plays out in Cork City; the streets are filled with cafes, bars, and restaurants.
Just a short drive from Cork lies Fota Island. Fota Island Hotel & Spa is located here, which boasts an 18-hole Christy O’Connor championship golf course. Spend your afternoon on the course or visit the Fota Wildlife Park, Ireland’s only wildlife park.
Killarney is home to one of Ireland’s most popular attractions—the Blarney Castle (pictured above), which is home to the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that when you kiss the Blarney Stone, it endows the kisser with the gift of the gab. The Killarney National Park is another wonderful visit, perfect for hiking or biking the gorgeous land. We recommend looking at Killarney Park Hotel or The K Club for any overnight accommodations.
Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city, founded in the 19th century by Vikings, and famous today as the home of Waterford Crystal. Top spots to hit include the Waterford Treasures, three museums in the area. These are the Medieval Museum (highly recommended), Bishop’s Palace, and Reginald’s Tower.
Try Athenaeum House Hotel for any overnight stays.
Galway has a very contemporary vibe, thanks in part to being a student town. The city buzzes with pubs, live music, book shops, artisans, street theatre, and more. The famous Cliffs of Moher (pictured above) are just a short drive south to the coast.
Limerick is laid out along Ireland’s longest river, the River Shannon. The city recently completed a rejuvenated waterfront project that includes a floating boardwalk. We also recommend checking out King John’s Castle and the Hunt Museum.