Additional Cities & Suggestions

Ireland is filled with lively cities, charming towns and awe-inspiring castles, abbeys and natural beautry. Below are a few of the more popular stops as well as some lesser known treats.

  • Cove (Cobh) is the last port from which the Titanic sailed and has played an important roll in Irish immigration to America. The town's brightly colored houses, gardens and reminders of its historical past make it a great day trip from the city of Cork. The memorials to the Titanic and Lusitania, as well as the Queenstown Story (heritage center) are it's most notable attractions.
  • The Ring of Kerry - known for its spectacular natural beauty, the Ring of Kerry is the 179 km "horseshoe" around the Iveragh Peninsula. It's ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and contains some of Ireland's most beautiful beaches. This region is also rich in the country's heritage, and some of its popular stops include monasteries, abbeys, estates and farmhouses. The Upper Lake of Killarney National Park is another well-known sight along the Ring.
  • Blarney Castle - though touristy, its fun to stand and line and lean backwards over the edge of the castle to kiss the blarney stone. Blarney Castle is approximately and hour from Cork and a good side trip if that county is part of your itinerary.
  • Kylemore Abby - Home to the Benedictine Order of Nuns in Ireland, this Abby is one of the most stunning sights you will see in Ireland. Today, guests can explore the Visitor's Center and gardens and enjoy traditional Irish dishes in the 200-seat restaurant.
  • Cliffs of Moher - At up to 214 meters high and spanning over eight kilometers, these picturesque cliffs jut out over the Atlantic Ocean for an incredible view. They can get very windy, so be careful near the edge!